Saturday, March 1, 2014

Travel Plans: New Orleans

This Spring, Brad, his family, and I are planning an exciting vacation in the South. One of our first stops is the historic and flavorful city of New Orleans, where we'll join Brad's brother and his fiancee as they finally tie the knot! In the meantime, we've picked out a few places that we'd like to explore around the city, so I thought it'd be a great idea to share! Here are our loosely-made travel goals for New Orleans:

1. Take a walk through the beautiful St. Louis cemeteries.

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New Orleans is known in part for its magnificent cemeteries. Each laden with a variety of above-ground tomb styles and rich history, they are often referred to as "Cities of the Dead".

2. Listen to a live brass band.

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If you don't experience any of the smooth jazz and cultural blues that New Orleans is known for, then you're wasting your time.

3. Try some authentic Cajun food.

Why limit yourself to crawfish and gumbo when you can treat your palate to alligator sliders and frog legs?

4. Visit the Historic Voodoo Museum.

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In a city as superstitious as New Orleans, you'd be silly not to stop in and learn about this fascinating culture.

5. Check out the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas.

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I absolutely love marine life and aquariums in general, so we'll make it a point to stop in at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas while we're out there. Of course, after seeing this majestic fella, I might take back what I said about alligator sliders.

6. Walk along the Moon Walk.

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Take a calm walk along the magnificent Mississippi River on the New Orleans Moon Walk, named after the mayor at the time of construction, Moon Landrieu.

7. Visit the Pharmacy Museum.

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Throughout history, man has been known for some fairly atrocious attempts at medical procedures, which may or may not include leeches, bloodletting, and sometimes harmful concoctions and opiates. At the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum, we intend to learn about a variety of these methods, among many other odd tidbits of the medical and pharmaceutical world.

8. Stroll through the New Orleans Botanical Gardens.

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The New Orleans Botanical Gardens, located in the heart of City Park, provide a beautiful and calming escape in the midst of the everyday hustle and bustle of this town that never sleeps. Here you'll find magnificent gardens and diminutive wildlife, further personified by the live music that fills the city.

9. Visit the Audubon Butterfly Garden & Insectarium.

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At the Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, you can learn about the vast insect population in the southern states, and walk through a garden filled to the brim with different species of butterflies! They also may land on you or in your hair, so be mentally prepared for that sort of thing.

Thanks for reading! I hope this post helps with your own New Orleans travel plans. After experiencing the musical & romantic city of New Orleans, we'll be heading over to the famous Sunshine State! Stop in next Saturday for Travel Plans: Daytona!

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