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.
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!