September 03, 2013

Travel Tuesday: New Orleans

Longue Vue House & Gardens


In 2005, I enjoyed a family holiday in New Orleans.  This was my first experience of the South, and I was charmed by historic New Orleans.  I loved the French Quarter architecture, a tour of the spooky Lafayette Cemetery, and my first delicious and messy beignet at Cafe Du Monde.  A trip to Longue Vue House & Garden was especially enjoyable.  The lovely Classic Revival building was built in 1939 and overlooks stunning gardens by landscape architect Ellen Biddle Shipman.  When I remember this trip, I think of the color green.  I see the green shuttered windows on Royal Street, the lush vegetation at Longue Vue, and the chartreuse chairs at Cafe Du Monde covered in powdered sugar.  I remember the city as alive and vibrant, the people colorful and out-going.  Months later Hurricane Katrina would devastate this amazing city.  I am so glad I had the opportunity to see New Orleans before the storm.  It truly is one of the most beautiful American cities.



Cafe Du Monde: Proof We Ate The Beignets




Since that trip to New Orleans, I have long wanted to explore the rest of our southern states.  I am happy to say this will finally become a reality this fall.  In November, my sister and I will be traveling to Savannah and Charleston.  We are so excited to get a taste of Southern hospitality, real sweet tea and explore two cities we have never visited.  You can look forward to some posts about our adventure, and I will be uploading photos to Instagram while we are there.  I'm counting the days!



Longue Vue House & Gardens





4 comments:

  1. Cute photo! Love it. I sure wish I had a beignet right now. Can't wait to hear about your trip coming up.

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    1. The whole cafe was a powdered sugar mess! It was pretty cool.

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  2. Oh your southern trip sounds fun! I can't wait to hear more about it.

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    1. I'm very excited to explore new cities!

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