Appreciating what makes one’s hometown special can sometimes be as simple as enjoying a full day of leisure. Here, Leslie of 10thirteen does just that, sharing her sentiments on rediscovery and inviting us along for a tour of the city she was born and raised in, New Orleans!
“When you’ve lived somewhere for so long, there’s a tendency to forget how utterly amazing said place can be,” says Leslie. “Sure, New Orleans is a popular tourist destination and is internationally known for Mardi Gras, but growing up here most of my life kind of dulled my senses to its beauty. I spent this amazing day in the city getting reacquainted with some old favorites, making new ones, and appreciating the culture that is New Orleans 24-7 – even without Mardi Gras festivities.”
1. The Rum House. “Described as a Caribbean taqueria, The Rum House is nothing short of pure amazingness! The menu is a combination of Caribbean- and Mexican-inspired food, and the frozen drink concoctions are to die for. I ordered the jerk fish with lime and garlic-jerk butter, but everything else on the menu sounded delicious, too. Don’t be afraid to take your pick!”
2. The French Market. “After my yummy lunch came another old favorite, New Orleans’ own French Market. With over 30 unique retail shops and vendors, a farmers market, and a plethora of restaurants and cafés, this oldie-but-goodie never disappoints. Scores from this particular trip included a beautiful turquoise stone, which I plan on using as a paperweight or bookend. My aunt, who happens to own a restaurant in the French Market, negotiated that the nice man running the stand give her ‘pretty niece’ the stone in exchange for two fresh glasses of sweet tea from her shop. Thank you, good ol’ barter system!”
3. St. Louis Cathedral. “Next up, the historic St. Louis Cathedral. I hadn’t been up close to this amazing display of architecture in years, so I instantly fell in love with its beauty all over again. This cathedral is the oldest in continual use in the United States. Overlooking Jackson Square, the St. Louis Cathedral serves as a popular city destination and beautiful French Quarter landmark.”
4. Jackson Square. “Being that the St. Louis Cathedral overlooks Jackson Square, this had to be my next stop. The square serves as a hub where artists can display their work, paint, draw, or create portraits and caricatures, in addition to a little bit of everything in between. You can also take a carriage ride, or get a glimpse of the curious-looking men posing as statues almost as still as the Buckingham Palace guards.”
5. New Orleans Riverwalk. “What better way to end my day in the city than with a walk on the river? As I strolled along, I got a chance to reflect upon and appreciate all the beautiful things I’d seen throughout the day. I snapped these gorgeous shots of the Mississippi River Bridge and the Natchez Steamboat — what a perfect ending to an idyllic day in one of my favorite places.”
Thanks for the lovely tour, Leslie!
Have you ever been to New Orleans? Share some of your favorite spots!