MY NEW LOVE: NEW ORLEANS
New Orleans is a magical place. The history of the city of New Orleans has always fascinated me since I was a child. I remember watching Eve's Bayou when I was growing up, vowing that I would go to New Orleans one day. A couple months ago, Rich and I decided to backpack through New Orleans, from Washington D.C. We stayed in a combination of hostels, air bnb rentals and the homes of family members throughout the journey. We always had our heavy backpacks strapped to us when first arriving to a new city. It was a work out!
It was a 10 day trip total, and it was completely an adventure. The first stop on the way to New Orleans was in Atlanta, Georgia. We then journeyed on to Montgomery, Alabama with a day trip in Mobile, and then on to the final destination of New Orleans! On the way back to D.C, we had a quick stop in Knoxville, Tennessee. I had the chance to stop at the amazing French Market Creperie in downtown Knoxville. I had the best crepe I have ever had in my life!
This was my first time in the "Deep South, and I encourage any "Northerners" like myself to try the South out, just for at least a little bit. You may never want to go back North. The friendliness of people, the cleverness of language and the best food you've ever tasted in your life awaits you down South.
What I loved the most about New Orleans was the freedom that the city breathed. I met some of the most interesting, free spirited and creative people I have ever met in my life in New Orleans. The city encourages you to come as you are, no matter who you are. And I think that might be what I love the most...just maybe. The music is a close second.
Take a peek and scroll to New Orleans photos in My Travels section here.