New Orleans. The land of all Jazz music (the best kind, in my opinion), food that makes your tastebuds dance around your whole body, and fascinating art that covers the streets. New Orleans is such a place of excitement for me. There is always something to do, and something to see. There is so much history there, being founded by the French in the early eighteenth century, as well as a brief rule of the Spanish. Then, in the early nineteenth century the French brought Haitians to New Orleans to increase the french speaking population which added lots more culture and traditions to the city.
My family and I were able to travel there, and stay for two nights at a beautiful park right on Lake Pontchartrain. The weather was nice, as was the view on the beach. We were able to visit the city the day after we arrived there.
First stop; Cemetery. Of course, there are many cemeteries in New Orleans, so we just found a random one in a neighborhood and checked it out. The cemeteries here are so unique because they are all raised graves due to the city being below sea level. It was amazing to see the dates on some of the graves (oldest there was “born 1834”) while taking in the old designs of the tombstones. It sort of “took you back” to that era.
Soon after, we got hungry and decided to check out the French Quarter which is a pretty famous area in New Orleans. We of course just HAD to stop at Cafe DuMondé to get French Beignets. Beignets are a doughnut like treat that are served hot and covered in powdered sugar. It’s so hard not to eat a billion of them.
After beignets, we walked up and down all the streets for a few hours, taking in all the shops, people and beautiful multicultural architecture.
Once the sun went down we walked to a fun restaurant for dinner. My mom suggested it, remembering she had gone there herself in her 20’s and loved it. I was eager to go just to see what she had experienced. It was a great place filled with yummy smells, a live zydeco band, and a dance floor. The food was absolutely marvelous. We of course had to taste all the classic creole foods like jumbalaya, gumbo, shrimp étouffee, ect. My tastebuds were happy.
On the way towards the car we stopped to watch a band play for a sort of tale gate party to kick off the new football season.
People were dancing up a storm near the stage. It was so lively and exciting that mom and I gave all our bags to the boys and went out to dance as well. It was fun to let loose and get our groove on.
New Orleans was amazing. I love it every time I go. I can’t wait until I have children one day, to take them to all the places I’ve been able to travel to. I think my parents get excited as well, whenever they bring my brother and I somewhere with filled with great memories for them. It’s passing down experience and tradition to others. I love it.