New Orleans, LA.

Who doesn’t want to go to New Orleans?  A charming French inspired city that holds essentially the largest party in the world? Count me in.  So we packed our bags and made the trek down south, passing through a few other states along the way.

Side Note : Has anyone else noticed the “Welcome To” signs have gotten significantly less exciting to look at?

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Fortunately the drive is fairly simple and we make it to NoLa in what seems like no time at all.  Our home for the week, The Westin Canal Place, was everything and more in a hotel.  Seriously, if you are going to do New Orleans right, this is the way to do it.  The location and the room were lovely, but the real gem of the hotel was the incredible rooftop pool.  Located on the 29th floor with views of the entire city, when I arrived up there I was literally on cloud 9.  I have been to a lot of places and have seen a lot of things, but this was the rooftops of all rooftops.  Pictures cant even do it justice.

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First thing I HAD to do while in NoLa was to get my fingers on a beignet and a coffee from Cafe du Monde.  The line to order was wrapped around three different street corners, but nothing was getting in this girls way.  I patiently waited to indulge in the powdered sugar, doughy goodness that is a beignet.  I devoured the three I had ordered in probably three minutes.  I was so in the zone, I almost forget to take a picture – please note at this point my phone was coated in powdered sugar.

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After I tripled my daily intake of sugar and was sufficiently caffeinated I walked around Jackson Square and made my way down the cities iconic streets.  New Orleans is picture perfect with its French style buildings, quaint stores and the distinct sound of Jazz music playing throughout the town.  If you are in NoLa and do happen to become hungry again post beignet binge, definitely check out one of the cities famous creole style cooking at one of the local restaurants – I suggest The Redfish Grill or Pat O’Briens.

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When in NoLa and are in need of a great late night scene, get your party pants on and head over to Bourbon Street.  The scene of every epic Mardi Gras party keeps its fun loving vibes going year round.  The street is lined with bar after bar, street performer after street performer and of course, some wonderful people watching opportunities.  Grab yourself a New Orleans favorite, the Hand Grenade or a Hurricane from Fat Tuesday.

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Several gained pounds later, I left NoLa exhausted, stuffed and with a camera roll full of amazing memories.

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