Sunday, January 31, 2021

New Orleans On My Mind

St Louis Cathedral, New Orleans

In January 2020, my husband and I traveled to New Orleans, Louisiana. It is one of our favorite places and we've visited it many times in the past--click here-- to scroll through a few pages to see all my past New Orleans-related posts.  We decided on Christmas of 2019 that this trip would be one of our Christmas gifts to each other in the new year, as we wanted to make many more happy travel memories in 2020.  We also had two cruises planned for that year--one that was supposed to be with our entire family--and an anniversary trip in the plans.




Of course, who knew that a few months later the Covid19 would begin to spread all over the world and cause a pandemic that would shut down travel for a long time?  Maybe these laugh manikin heads on display in a New Orleans shop window were "in" on the joke?




As it turned out New Orleans was our only trip away for 2020 and happily, it was a wonderful trip!




The early history of New Orleans at a glance.

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The French Quarter of New Orleans is rich in history...



...and architectural beauty.



It is full of antique stores and galleries...



...and street buskers, trinkets, and Mardi Gras paraphernalia. 


It's famous for its food--both creole and cajun cuisines--as well as its famous chicory coffee and powdered sugar-frosted beignets in Cafe du Monde



 Bourbon Street at night comes alive with lights and music and never sleeps.



It's a beautiful city ...




...both old and new



Isn't it easy to see why we love it so much?


In my next post, I'll show you some fabulous homes in the Garden District of New Orleans.
In the meantime, spread kindness and stay happy healthy, and safe!


 
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42 comments:

Angie said...

Pat - I have not been to New Orleans, but it is one of those famous places that everyone should see ... from your pictures it looks like there is something for everyone. I would especially like to try the beignets!!! Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday!

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

I have never been to New Orleans, so I will enjoy your posts on it. Hopefully we will able be able to travel again soon.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

It makes you so happy that you took lots of photos to look back at and enjoy! I pray that times will return to normal and we can travel again. Enjoy your week!

Michelle said...

New Orleans is my favorite city in the U.S. I love the history and the food is to die for. I also like that it is a little bit strange. lol

Ruth Hiebert said...

It does look like a beautiful city. I am happy for you that you got at least one trip in before the shutdown.

Gillena Cox said...

Happy Monday. Lovely photos. I am #10 at the linky today

Much love...

NCSue said...

I've only been to New Orleans once and it was a fascinating place. Might need to go soon again if we can ever get this pandemic under control!
Thanks for linking up at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2021/02/black-and-white.html

EricaSta said...

New Orleans is a dream of my own to visit one day!!! Thank you for sharing.

Happy MosaicMonday

Jim said...

Those 2020 mannequins look eerie now.

carol l mckenna said...

Great N'awlins' photos ~ Fond memories ~ son went to college at Tulane ~ loved the food and beignets were yummy!

Moment by moment,

A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)

ellen b. said...

You captured the beauty for sure and how timely your trip was!

Carol @Comfort Spring Station said...

New Orleans is such a fun place to visit and I love all the old architecture.

stevebethere said...

I thoroughly enjoyed your photos what a vibrant place and quaint in parts too thanks for the tour :-)

Have a neworleanstastic safe week 😷😷😷

Tom said...

...a beautiful city that I have yet to visit.

Rain said...

Hi Pat :) What a lovely tour! I have never been, and likely won't make it to visit New Orleans. I always thought of it as such a wonderfully passionate and magical place. I love the houses and the balconies...love it! :)

Lowcarb team member said...

It was good that you were able to do this visit before lockdown/shutdown.
So nice to see all of your photographs, it does look a beautiful city.

Happy February Wishes.

All the best Jan

William Kendall said...

Beautiful indeed!

Photo Cache said...

It's just a beautiful city with lovely architectures, great atmosphere and fabulous food and drinks. I wish I could go back.

Worth a Thousand Words

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Great post! I love New Orleans. I went there a lot when I was still working and it is such a great beautiful city!!

Barb said...

Bob and I have never visited New Orleans! Your photos are wonderful. I love that building with all the hanging ferns. I hope you can soon commence with your travels, Pat.

Joanne said...

So glad you got in a wonderful trip before Covid hit! It looks fabulous. I have wanted to visit New Orleans a time or two but the closet we ever got was Port Orleans at WDW in Florida. LOL.

Jeanie said...

I haven't been to NOLA in decades -- what nice memories that post brought back. I have to say that mannequin laughing and 2020 is great. You should have used that for your 2020 holiday card! Or maybe you did -- it's perfect and says it all! What a lovely holiday -- I'm glad you got this visit in before we all shut down.

lesh Stgermain said...

Was in the old part of New Orleans in the 70ties when staying in that city with a study friend of Hubby. The church I recognize, and the city is so full of music and eating places. That atmosphere has nor changed:) Thank you for giving a view of happy memories for me, and as well as for All Seasons. You just went in time!! Have a great week, Jesh

Lorrie said...

I've never been to New Orleans, but it sounds like a vibrant and interesting city. I'm glad you were able to take that trip last year. Hopefully, we'll be able to travel again one day soon.

Crafty Green Poet said...

It looks like a very beautiful city. I love that building with all the hanging baskets on the balconies

eileeninmd said...

Hello, Pat

New Orleans looks like a fun colorful city to visit. I love all the balconies and beautiful buildings. Thanks for sharing your trip! Wonderful series of photos. Take care, have a great day!

Donna @ Modern on Monticello said...

Thank you for sharing this beautiful city. We visited New Orleans in 2004 when my husband was in training to be deployed to Iraq. It was as spur of the moment trip with young kids and I didn't get a chance to enjoy the architecture as much as I would have liked. Then Katrina hit a year later which was so sad. Now that my kids are grown my husband and I really need to go back and soak up all the beauty. #HomeMattersHome.

Lady Fi said...

Looks like a fun visit!

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

I'm looking forward to visiting New Orleans once it's safe to travel again. Thanks for these glimpses of a colorful city!

Dawn said...

We had planned a trip to NOLA last year and of course it was canceled. Maybe one of these days we'll get there. Thanks for sharing your photos and some of the rich history.
Dawn aka Spatulas On Parade

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Wow, your timing was perfect to get this trip in before all hell broke loose! I use to travel a fair amount, but New Orleans is one city I've never visited. I love the next-to-last shot of the old next to the new. Very powerful!

betty-NZ said...

What a great trip with so much to see and do!

Thank you for being a part of 'My Corner of the World' this week!

Ciao Chow Linda said...

You were fortunate to get there before Covid cancelled everyone’s travel. We are itching to get back, especially since we have family there, including a two year-old granddaughter. It’s a great city.

Michele Morin said...

I have never been to New Orleans, but this post is so inviting!

Michelle said...

Thanks for linking up!!

MarilynsTreats said...

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Buttercup said...

I love New Orleans and also have been there a number of times over the years. Glad I got to "visit" there with you. You've inspired me. I might try to make beignets tomorrow. Perfect snack for a snowy day. Take care!

Little Wandering Wren said...

I'm happy for you you enjoyed to have one trip away in 2020 and New Orleans is a fun one for happy memories.
Have a lovely week Pat
Wren x

Rambling Woods said...

I would love to visit...We didn't know what was coming a year ago...

Red Rose Alley said...

Your post brought big smiles this morning, as my daughters LOVE New Orleans, have visited there, and celebrate Mardi Gras every year in their homes. Those powdered sugar beignets look so Yummy, and I'd love to try one someday. It looks like you had a wonderful time in New Orleans. I remember them mentioning Bourbon Street as well. The colors, the masks, the traditions, it's all so fun. And the history is so special. Thanks for sharing. : )

~Sheri

A Bit of the Blarney said...

It’s been a long time since my visit to New Orleans. Your photos and wonderful descriptions brought back fond memories. I remember the Market in the French Quarter. It was such a grand time. Thank you, thank you! Wishing you a wonderful week!!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Oh yes! I rambled on too much in your above post...so just thank you again for your wonderful photos and guided tours. And we agree completely!