Arriving in NOLA

New Orleans Travel Blog

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They're jazzed we're here
Our trip to New Orleans started at Dulles Airport, Virginia at 11:00am. We had a layover in Atlanta and touched down in New Orleans at 3:00pm.
The first mission was to get to our hotel. While waiting for our luggage I spotted an airport shuttle service counter right around the corner. So we spent the $30 cause it seemed the easiest. You'll probably get going faster in a cab though. ;)
We arrived at the Queen & Crescent Hotel (see review) at around 4:00pm. Checked in and went to the side building since our room wasn't located in the main building. The neighborhood gave me the creeps already. It looked very industrial to me. We decided to throw in a quick nap before starting to explore. It was too hot outside to be running around anyways.
Pretty balconies in the French Quarter

After we woke up an hour later we both wanted something to eat.  Lucky for us they had a touristy map in the hotel lobby which you could take with you and it had plenty of mouth watering advertisement around the edge. Very helpful.  So after studying the map for a few minutes I knew which way to go.  We headed down towards Canal Street.  Here we saw a nice looking place called the Palace Cafe (see review).
So after that experience we were eager to find a GOOD place to eat. We headed towards the French Quarter. We finally found a place called the Oceana Grill on Rui Conti just off Bourbon St. We walked in and ordered. My friend had told me about the Po-boy sandwiches so I ordered that and hubby had a mixed seafood plater. Everything came fried, I mean EVERYTHING. Wow! It was tasty but not what I had expected. We were full none the less.
The rest of the night was dedicated to exploring Bourbon Street. We went to a couple of bars. Never for longer then one drink just to scout out the good places. You can see some of the places we went to in the pictures. Most of them were not memorable enough to write about them. I will be writing about the good ones in the days to come!
However, we did enjoy our first night here! I can definitely understand what all the fuzz is about! The European feel of the French Quarter makes you feel right at home!
Well, we went to bed "early" if that's what you want to call it. ;) Midnight snack: Pizza at Jester's
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Theyre jazzed were here
They're jazzed we're here
Pretty balconies in the French Qua…
Pretty balconies in the French Qu…
My hubby on Bourbon Street
My hubby on Bourbon Street
Me on Bourbon Street
Me on Bourbon Street
Outside the Old Absinthe House
Outside the Old Absinthe House
The Old Absinthe house on Bourbon …
The Old Absinthe house on Bourbon…
Little Alley in the French Quarter
Little Alley in the French Quarter
I believe this was a police station
I believe this was a police station
Back streets in the French Quarter
Back streets in the French Quarter
Pretty booze hall
Pretty booze hall
Its getting darker on Bourbon Str…
It's getting darker on Bourbon St…
After 7pm they close off Bourbon S…
After 7pm they close off Bourbon …
New Orleans skyline
New Orleans skyline
Looking down Canal Street
Looking down Canal Street
Canal Street looking the other way
Canal Street looking the other way
Map of New Orleans
Map of New Orleans
What time is it?
What time is it?
Creepy shadow (not mine)
Creepy shadow (not mine)
At Cats Meow Karaoke bar
At Cats Meow Karaoke bar
Hubby at Cats
Hubby at Cats
Oh behave!!!
Oh behave!!!
Jesters, best pizza in NOLA
Jester's, best pizza in NOLA
wall art
wall art
free shots?!?
free shots?!?
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