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One week in New Orleans: An Enchanting American City!

Have you ever visited a US city that managed to totally capture your imagination with its vibrancy, and colourful history? This Trinidadian girl fell harrrrd for New Orleans (NOLA) during a week-long visit in early April. My newfound obsession with Louisiana’s cultural capital has resulted in withdrawal symptoms and real cravings for the city’s fascinating sights, sounds and tastes! I invite you to read on as I share my experience of spending one week in New Orleans, an enchanting American city with a magic that remains with you long after you leave, and compels you to return!

Tourists on carriage ride, Decatur Street, French Quarter: One week in New Orleans

Why spend one week in New Orleans rather than a few days?

I believe that spending a week in NOLA will allow most visitors to take their time and really enjoy the city’s offerings. While New Orleans is not a major metropolis, it is a city abuzz with activity and entertainment. Previous travel experience taught me that cramming too many items into my itinerary within a short time frame is not necessarily the best idea! Hustling from one attraction to the next in a desperate attempt to do it all, led to irritation and not fully appreciating the locations. I felt drained at the end of the day and just wanted to crash at my hotel. Not going for a night on the town because you’re tired? Lame!!!

Handy Travel Tip: Fit a weekend into your week’s stay to add extra days and maximize your time! Sigh…if I only had the time!


1st Day Monday: Bourbon Street of course!

Check in

I give myself props for selecting this beautiful AirBnB, superbly located just off trendy Magazine Street. Our hostess Kira, also doubled as our airport Uber driver…woot woot!

Fantastic AirBnB accomodation off Magazine Street, perfect for couples: One week in New Orleans


A 3 minute walk from the AirBnB, was where I enjoyed my first taste of Louisiana. A late breakfast of shrimp and grits at Surrey’s Cafe and Juice Bar , Magazine Street really hit the spot!

Shrimp n Grits breakfast at Surrey's, Magazine Street: One week in New Orleans


Hit the town

After a long rest to combat jetlag from the 2 flights I needed to reach NOLA, a 7 minute walk through the gorgeous Uptown neighbourhood takes you to the famous St. Charles Streetcar line. While you wait, look up at the trees along the car route. Beads from last Mardi Gras still hang from the branches!  Ride the car for a small fee of $1.25 until it’s last stop on Canal Street and cross over into Bourbon Street. This world famous French Quarter street is an awesome line up of bars, restaurants and cabarets all thronging with tourists looking have a fun evening out, as wild as they like! It truly embodies the city’s motto Laissez le bon temps rouler! – Let the good times roll!

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This iconic street, also called Rue Bourbon, dates all the way back to 1718! Located in the heart of the #FrenchQuarter, it’s in #NewOrleans oldest neighbourhood! •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Come join me in reliving my awesome vacation to one of America’s most colourful and fascinating cities! •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• #bourbonstreet #onetimeinnola #nola #iloveneworleans #instagood #nola300 #louisianagallery #nawlinsbaby #igneworleans #igersneworleans #currytraveler #amournola #louisiana #bigeasy #thebigeasy #bourbonstreetbound #bourbonstreetlife #bourbonstreetready #visitneworleans #jj_louisiana #nolalove #bourbonstreetnola #loveneworleans #followyournola #nolalife #lovinlouisiana #louisianatravel #mytinyatlas

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2nd Day Tuesday: Riverfront Walk and The French Quarter


Question: what does a Caribbean girl love more than anything? Answer: her belly!!! Sensory overload the night before on Bourbon Street led to waking up around 11am, just in time for a longstanding Southern tradition…Brunch! Apolline on Magazine Street serves a delectable brunch spread complete with bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys!

Crawfish eggs benedict at Apolline, Magazine Street: One week in New Orleans

I highly recommend the Crawfish Benedict!



After brunch, go downtown and walk along the New Orleans Riverfront. I guarantee, the cool winds from the Mississippi River will help calm the buzz from the drinks!  Once you’ve sobered up, exercise your limbs and make your way to the French Quarter. Stop and take in stunning views of  Jackson Square and street arts from Washington Artillery Park. Then, make your way to tourist hotspot Cafe du Monde and wait in line to savour soft pillows of fried sugary goodness…beignets! Say it with me…ben yaes!  Afterwards, walk around to take in exciting musical and street performances!

Culture Tidbit 1: NOLA is described as America’s Caribbean city.

Why? Like the Caribbean (my home country Trinidad & Tobago included) the state of Louisiana:

  • was colonized by the French and Spanish
  • has conditions conducive to planting sugarcane
  • built its economy on sugar production using African slave labour

Culture Tidbit 2: Mardi Gras & Carnival

The French ruling class brought their cultural traditions with them to the New World. This included masquerade balls with lavish costumes and disguises on the 2 days before Ash Wednesday. Like NOLA’s Mardi Gras, Trinidad & Tobago Carnival was born out those elaborate French balls coupled with African and native influences. While you’re visiting New Orleans, go to the Crescent City Mask Company off Jackson Square to try on and purchase your own embellished Mardi Gras mask!

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When you think of New Orleans what immediately comes to mind? Yup…Mardi Gras!!! The Crescent City Mask Company 🎭 in the #FrenchQuarter has tons of gorgeous handmade creations that you can buy as souvenirs! Confession…I saw the No Pictures sign too late, buried under a pile of masks! Doh🙈 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ #neworleans #onetimeinnola #nola #iloveneworleans #louisianagallery #igneworleans #igersneworleans #currytraveler #louisiana #thebigeasy #louisianatourism #neworleanstourism #visitneworleans #jj_louisiana #nolalove #loveneworleans #followyournola #nolalife #lovinlouisiana #louisianatravel #culturetrip #igersnola #nola300 #amournola #exploreneworleans #mardigras #globalite #onlyinneworleans #showmeyournola

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Culture Tidbit 3: Voodoo

Just like in the Caribbean, African religious traditions and practices were brutally repressed by the European colonists and slave owners. Forced migration, displacement and conversion to Catholicism resulted in the names and aspects of  Voodoo spirits taking on parallels in Christian saints. The Voodoo religion only survived due to syncretization with Roman Catholicism! If you have the time , visit the New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum on Dumaine Street, French Quarter, for an intro to the religion.



Napoleon House on Chartres Street was the choice for a quick dinner before our walking tour. It’s is a popular spot for moderately priced New Orleans fare in a historic building, meant to house Napoleon Bonaparte himself! However, he never stayed. Despite the restaurant’s popularity, I admit that I was not too impressed with the food. The jambalaya was over dry and their famous shrimp remoulade – stuffed avocado was just… ok. However, I’m willing to give it another chance when I visit in the near future.


Haunted History Walking Tour

When you think of New Orleans what pops into your mind? Mardi Gras, wild parties and swinging jazz no? NOLA also has a dark past filled with tragedy, murder and countless deaths by diseases like yellow fever. Residents and visitors over the decades have reported seeing apparitions in locations all over the city. The numerous sightings  sealed NOLA’s reputation as one of America’s most haunted cities! We decided to learn more about the city’s grisly past from top rated Haunted History Tours. We chose the 5 in 1 tour to get the entire rundown of macabre tales of ghosts, witches, vampires, voodoo and unsolved mysteries!

3rd Day Wednesday: Steamboat Cruise, Jazz and…Crawfish with Channing Tatum!

Lunch Cruise

How about a relaxing change of pace with a cruise? The Natchez Steamboat is America’s last remaining authentic steamboat that cruises the mighty Mississippi river! Skip breakfast and enjoy a lunch cruise, as well as views of the Crescent City (aka NOLA) from the water. Walk off the heavy meal and explore the engine room to see the inner workings of the boat and enjoy drinks along the decks!

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The Natchez is America’s last remaining authentic steamboat 🚢 cruising the mighty Mississippi River! Do you remember seeing it in Interview with the Vampire? • 📸: @henrysugar777 ************************************* #steamboat #natchezmississippi #natchezsteamboat #natchezsteamboatcruise #neworleans #onetimeinnola #nola #iloveneworleans #louisianagallery #nawlinsbaby #igneworleans #igersneworleans #currytraveler #louisiana #thebigeasy #louisianatourism #neworleanstourism #visitneworleans #jj_louisiana #nolalove #loveneworleans #followyournola #nolalife #lovinlouisiana #louisianatravel #culturetrip #igersnola #nola300 #amournola #exploreneworleans

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More French Quarter!

C’mon you can’t not go! Disembark from the steamboat and walk to Jackson Square in the French Quarter. Enter and experience the grandeur of the historic St. Louis Cathedral, (remember it from Disney’s The Princess and the Frog?). Beer lovers can refresh themselves with craft brews from Jackson Brewery on Decatur Street and watch fresh oysters being shucked right there!  The banana flavoured beer was my favourite! Don’t leave the city without enjoying some green space. Louis Armstrong Park is a serene place for a relaxing walk and a rest from the noise of the French Quarter across the way. It is named after one of the most influential figures in Jazz music. A statue of this famous son of New Orleans is situated inside!

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Jackson Square on a hot afternoon in the #FrenchQuarter. I was walking towards the St.Louis Cathedral, one of #NewOrleans most notable landmarks. Originally built in 1727, it’s the oldest cathedral in the USA 🇺🇸! Disney fans, remember seeing it on The Princess and the Frog 🐸? 📸: @henrysugar777 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ #neworleans #jacksonsquare #onetimeinnola #nola #iloveneworleans #louisianagallery #globalite #igneworleans #igersneworleans #currytraveler #louisiana #thebigeasy #louisianatourism #neworleanstourism #visitneworleans #jj_louisiana #nolalove #loveneworleans #followyournola #nolalife #lovinlouisiana #louisianatravel #indiantraveller #igersnola #stlouiscathedral #nola300 #amournola #exploreneworleans

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St. Louis Cathedral interior: One week in New Orleans

The stunning interior of the St. Louis Cathedral!


Culture Tidbit 4: Jazz!

New Orleans is the birthplace of Jazz music! In most parts of the city, you’re bound to see performances from musicians of all ages and races day and night. A rest in Louis Armstrong Park preps you to wait in line for an authentic and delightful jazz performance at Preservation Hall on St. Peter Street, French Quarter. Built in 1961, it’s role is to preserve and promote authentic New Orleans jazz music, and trust me… I was not disappointed! Tip: Check performance times and cement your spot in line AT LEAST 45 minutes before. Yes, you read that right…those lines snake around the corner!  Note: no photos or recording is allowed inside, so put your smartphone down and soak in the ambience!

Live jazz performance at Preservation Hall, St. Peter Street, Fench Quarter: One week in New Orleans


Crawfish with Channing Tatum!

Ahaaa got your attention didn’t I! April is crawfish season in New Orleans, so enjoy a succulent crawfish boil for dinner at Channing Tatum’s restaurant Saints & Sinners! Strike a pose with the Magic one after you eat! Well…..a cardboard cutout at least!

4th Day Thursday: St. Louis Cemetery Tour, French Market and Swamp Tour

Morning Walking Tour

Walking tours are an excellent way to learn about a city’s historical and cultural sites from local or resident guides. It’s also a chance to get some exercise and meet people! I chose  Free Tours by Foot for a 90 minute, 9am tour of the St. Louis Cemetery. Book online and meet the group at a designated location. Please do the honourable thing and tip your guide for his/her time (as your budget allows)!  The cemetery is the location of the tombs of many prominent New Orleans personalities, among them, the famous Voodoo Queen, Marie LaVeau. You can also see the FUTURE pyramid tomb of Hollywood actor Nicholas Cage!


Morning – Afternoon, French QuarterNew Orleans Pharmacy Museum and French Market

You don’t have to be a pharmacist to enjoy the NOLA Pharmacy Museum. Learn all about early medicines, remedies and health practices from the early 19th century onward. The early tools and bottles in the apothecary could very well have been the site of a Hogwarts potions class!!! Yes, I’m a Potterhead! I also loved the small gothic courtyard and fountain at the back of the museum. American Horror Story fans will recognize it as a film location from  Season 3 – Coven, which was filmed entirely in New Orleans! In the show, Jessica Lange (Fiona) freed Kathy Bates (Delphine LaLaurie – notorious NOLA socialite and reputed sadist) from her tomb right where I stood!

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#AmericanHorrorStory fans! Do you remember this location from #Coven, Season 3? It’s where Jessica Lange (Fiona) freed Kathy Bates (Delphine LaLaurie) from her tomb! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ New Orleans is a popular shooting location for Hollywood films and TV series. This small courtyard at the back of the NOLA Pharmacy Museum has a gothic ambience to it, even on sunny days! 📸: @henrysugar777 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ #americanhorrorstorycoven #louisianaentertainment #louisianafilm #onetimeinnola #nola #iloveneworleans #louisianagallery #igneworleans #igersneworleans #currytraveler #louisiana #bigeasy #thebigeasy #louisianatourism #neworleanstourism #visitneworleans #jj_louisiana #nolalove #loveneworleans #followyournola #nolalife #lovinlouisiana #louisianatravel #mytinyatlas #indiantraveller #exploreneworleans #nola300 #ahscoven

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The French Market on Decatur Street is a flea market where you can buy souvenirs, trinkets and local Cajun food. I loved my voodoo string doll  Scarecrow from The Wizard of Oz!

Voodoo string doll souvenir, Scarecrow from Wizard of Oz: One week in New Orleans


Late afternoon/Evening – Swamp boat tour

Take a break from the French Quarter bars and experience Louisiana’s much wilder side with a swamp tour! Our AirBnB hostess organized an airboat tour for us with Airboat Tours by Arthur, Des Allemands. We zipped through the swamp lands and saw a wide variety of animal and plant life, including hanging Spanish moss, bald eagles and Louisiana alligators (the non-jazz playing types!). It’s a fun activity for all types of travelers, whether solo, couples, family, or adventure.

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Take a break from drinking at the Bourbon Street bars and experience Louisiana’s wild side with an airboat swamp tour! This activity is so much fun for all types of #travelers whether solo, family, couples or adventure! ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• #neworleans #louisianaswamp #onetimeinnola #nola #iloveneworleans #louisianagallery #globalite #igneworleans #igersneworleans #currytraveler #louisiana #thebigeasy #louisianatourism #neworleanstourism #visitneworleans #jj_louisiana #nolalove #loveneworleans #followyournola #nolalife #lovinlouisiana #louisianatravel #indiantraveller #igersnola #louisianaswamptour #airboat #nola300 #amournola #exploreneworleans

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5th Day Friday: Plantation Day Tour

Experience Lousiana’s past by visiting a historic sugarcane plantation and Great House. I chose a tour of the spectacular Oak Alley Plantation, named for it’s double avenue of live 300 year old oak trees!  It still works today but without the labour from enslaved persons of course! Before our guided tour of the Great House, guests sipped on cool mint juleps outside. Our tour involved viewing the plantation owners’ priceless heirlooms as well as devices used in the subjugation of the enslaved. Touring the grounds, I was reminded of identical scenes in the old sugar plantations of my home region.

Oak Alley Plantation and Great House: One week in New Orleans


Oak Alley Plantation is a popular Hollywood film location. Many TV and motion picture scenes were filmed there either in whole or in part, including Brad Pitt’s Interview with the Vampire!



Dinner at Cafe Amelie

This enchanting courtyard restaurant on Royal Street was the day’s chosen dinner spot in the French Quarter. The restaurant lies within the 150-year-old Princess of Monaco Courtyard and Carriage House. My favourite feature was the romantic cast-iron courtyard fountain. I was happy to get a table right next to it!

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New Orleans has the most romantic and historic courtyard fountains! Made of cast iron, they can be found in antebellum home gardens, parks and patios all over the city. 📸: @henrysugar777 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I was overjoyed to get a table just 2 steps away from this beauty at the enchanting courtyard restaurant Cafe Amelie! Located on Royal Street in the French Quarter, the restaurant is nestled within the 150 year old Princess of Monaco Courtyard and Carriage House. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ #cafeamelie #neworleans #frenchquarter #ironfountain #neworleansfood #neworleansrestaurant #onetimeinnola #nola #iloveneworleans #louisianagallery #globalite #igneworleans #igersneworleans #currytraveler #louisiana #bigeasy #thebigeasy #louisianatourism #neworleanstourism #visitneworleans #jj_louisiana #nolalove #loveneworleans #followyournola #nolalife #lovinlouisiana #louisianatravel #mytinyatlas #indiantraveller #exploreneworleans

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6th Day Saturday: Garden District Tour and Dinner

Morning walking tour

Another great walking tour from Free Tours by Foot! A short streetcar ride from our AirBnB, the Garden District is one of the most desirable neighbourhoods in the city and one of the most beautifully preserved in America. It’s a magnolia and jasmine lined area where you view glorious antebellum homes owned by many a Hollywood celebrity and other famous personalities. The District is also home to the Lafayette Cemetery #1. Unfortunately, a funeral was in progress so we didn’t get to go inside. Tip: Watch your step! The pavements are uneven and broken in many places by powerful oak tree roots!

Morris Israel House in the Garden District, Uptown : One week in New Orleans

Morris Israel House. The inspiration for the Haunted Mansion!



The Commander’s Palace restaurant in the Garden District is a New Orleans institution for award-winning Louisiana Creole/Cajun cuisine. Enjoy 25 cent martinis with the lunch menu! I’ll let you know, dinner at this restaurant is a decadent and wonderful way to enjoy your final night in the city! I highly recommend the boudin-stuffed quail, Louisiana fish. The creme brulee was the best I’ve had in a long time!

Tip: Dress code is business attire. Ladies, pack a suitable dress or separates. Gentlemen, a pair of slacks and collared shirt. Please have some pride, no flip flops and shorts!

7th Day Sunday: Last minute Souvenirs and Departure

Shop for souvenirs before your flight

I love getting unique souvenirs that reflect the culture of the destination I visit. The Garden District Bookshop is a one-stop shop for New Orleans and Louisiana specific literature! At the airport, I picked up these Creole pralines seen below to satisfy my sweet tooth.  Tip: Don’t pay high prices at the airport and the touristy French Quarter. Save $$$ and buy your fridge magnets, key rings and other small souvenirs at pharmacies like Walgreens, Rite Aid and CVS. They’re cheaper!

Creole Praline pecans, a delicious New Orleans souvenir!: One week in New orleans


I hope I’ve inspired you to spend one week in magical, delicious, jazzy, swampy, and spooky New Orleans! Let me know of your experience in the city in the comments below!


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  • Reply
    Michelle M
    at 11:57 AM

    This is a very thorough guide to New Orleans! I definitely agree that no matter where you visit, and week is definitely ideal. Fortunately it looks like New Orleans has so many great neighborhoods and day trips to explore.

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    Suman Doogar
    at 1:36 PM

    Never knew New Orleans was such a cultural hub. What more one could ask for, culture and food makes for the top two things I look for when I go on vacation.

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    at 3:22 AM

    I would love to see this place. I’ve never been to America but when I’ll visit it I’ll for sure come to see this city and its highlights 🙂

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    at 12:32 AM

    omg I love NOLA! My friends and I spent a week there a few years ago and just couldn’t get enough! True story about the lines for Preservation Hall, but OH SO WORTH IT! We also did the steamboat tour, but for dinner. Cruising along the river at night was so magical!

    • Victoria Hawkins
      Victoria Hawkins
      at 10:29 AM

      Next time I go, I’d definitely want to do a dinner night cruise. The city stole my heart!

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    Soumya Gayatri
    at 12:16 AM

    I had always wanted to go to New Orleans when I was in the USA but never managed to do so. Heard so much about its charm unlike any other American city. And your pictures just vouch for it. And what amazing food. I would definitely have that plate of shrimp and grits.

    • Victoria Hawkins
      Victoria Hawkins
      at 10:28 AM

      The food was definitely one of my favourite things. Spicy decadent yumminess!

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    at 4:14 PM

    I would love to spend a week in New Orleans! It looks like such a charming but fun city. And the food looks incredible!

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    Vaisakhi Mishra
    at 4:06 PM

    Thank you so much for this itinerary!! I was debating about going there for Mardi Gras next year, but I don’t really like when a place gets ultra crowded and didn’t know what to do in NOLA because everyone i know has been there only during Mardi Gras. This is such a well curated itinerary!! Would love to do the swamp tour and spend a day at the Oak Plantation.

    • Victoria Hawkins
      Victoria Hawkins
      at 10:27 AM

      I’d love to experience Mardi Gras one day but we have our own massive Carnival celebrations at home during the same time! Check out my Trinidad Carnival Guide for more details. Be sure to plan wayyyy ahead if you plan to visit!

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    at 2:19 PM

    This is such a detailed guide to New Orleans. Never visited the city but after reading your article and looking at the stunning pictures, I’m itching to do so:)

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    Kelly Price
    at 12:28 PM

    I love New Orleans! I was only there for a few days, so I definitely want to go back to see Bourbon Street and check out some of those restaurants!

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    at 8:46 AM

    Lovely pictures. I have heard so many great things about New Orleans , that now it is on my bucket list!

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    at 3:34 AM

    Girl, I felt like we were together in your trip! I would like to check out the voodoo museum! Your writing is so crisp and has life! Nice read!

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    at 3:18 AM

    Wow! This looks fantastic!! I’ve actually never been to NOLA but I could definitely do a week vacation here after reading this 🙂

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    Mayuri Patel
    at 11:20 PM

    I have heard so much about this place.This place looks amazing and you have complied so many things to do here.Thanks for sharing it

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    at 7:51 PM

    Surrey’s is my absolute favorite place to eat in NOLA. I dream of those biscuits and gravy all the time. In addition to all the great activities you mention, I loooove the southern art museum. Not many places in the U.S. delve into southern culture with such respect and non-judgmental treatment of both its historical problems and modern life.

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    at 5:31 PM

    Oh it’s been way too long since I visited New Orleans! You have laid out a remarkable itinerary. The food! Oh my! Thanks for all the ideas and inspiration!

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    Sinjana Ghosh
    at 3:04 PM

    I’m totally sold on spending more time in New Orleans 🙂 The place seems to be so warm and welcoming. I don’t know how you manage to take photos of these mouthwatering dishes, I already feel like gulping on them the moment they arrive 🙂

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    at 2:30 PM

    I didn’t realize St. Louis Cathedral was in Princess and the Frog! It’s one of my absolute favorite movies. Also, that shrimp and grits from Surrey’s makes me crave it! The food in NOLA is incredible especially those beignets from Cafe Du Monde!

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    Catherine @ To & Fro Fam
    at 2:12 PM

    I’ve never been to NOLA, but I hear the food alone is worth a week’s visit. When I travel I love spending a little longer in one place to really get to know it—it’s clear that’s what you’ve done with New Orleans!

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    at 1:40 PM

    Thanks for sharing an amazing guide with us. Though I have never been to US, I would definitely like to visit New Orleans once.

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    at 12:03 PM

    The story is impressive! Now New Orleans is on my best-cities-to-visit list!

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    at 2:37 AM

    This is exactly how I like to travel too. One week sounds like the perfect amount of time. The food and culture looks amazing, great photos 🙂

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    at 5:32 PM

    Such a comprehensive guide! All the food looks incredible too, I’d be stuffing myself with beignets!

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    at 4:13 PM

    Such a nice detailed itinerary! Can’t believe I haven’t visited the US yet but your post is very inspiring. Maybe New Orleans will be my first destination in the US! PS. you had me at Voodoo 😉

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    at 10:50 AM

    I love your photos, especially the one in the Jackson Square. New Orleans seems like such a rich cultural city with so many great activities to do.

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    at 9:34 PM

    I’ve been to New Orleans several times and still haven’t been on the steamboat! I need to get on that and walk to Jackson Square 🙂 I also need to try that Aunt Sallys!

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    Alice ford
    at 5:29 PM

    I lived in New Orleans for several years and cannot say I enjoyed it. However as a visitor I agree that there are so many wonderful things to see and do. I have tried all the things on your list as well. For those wanting an upbeat, culture rich vacation New Orleans sure does the trick.

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    at 5:11 PM

    I loved New Orleans when I visited last year. Every time I think about it, my mind goes straight to the incredible food! I’d go back for that alone.

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    at 4:37 PM

    I really loved New Orleans and would go back again…NOLA is so many amazing things at once. Old and new. Elegant and bawdy. Urban and tropical. Loud, and yet also beautifully and peacefully silent. There is sadness, but also so much humor ! And there is a heat that flows through, swirling around and pulling you along, encouraging you to taste and experience as much as you can. It’s lusty. It’s indulgent.

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    Teresa "Tess"
    at 3:53 PM

    I’ve been to New Orleans several times on conference trips and managed to see a few sites. Your post has inspired me to return for a more leisurely trip. You should have seen my eyes when I saw that photos of the swamp tour, lol. It looks like the alligator was climbing on board the boat! Was early April a good time to visit in terms of the weather? I really don’t enjoy the hot, sticky heat.

    • Victoria Hawkins
      Victoria Hawkins
      at 6:15 PM

      The weather was great! A bit chilly for this tropical girl but still wonderful!

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    at 9:51 AM

    Loving the photo of you and Channing together, ha! I’ve never been to New Orleans, but it looks like so much fun! I love the classic French influence there, and the food looks incredible. I still don’t know what these grits are, but would like to give it a try!

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    Paulina Klimkiewicz
    at 11:02 PM

    I’ve never been to NOLA but I’ve heard a bunch of my friends rave about it. After reading your post, I’m going to put it towards the top of cities to visit in the US

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    at 10:03 PM

    I love New Orleans and each time I visit I find something else to see and do. A week is definitely better than just a few days in this city. It will allow some time to take it easy and to head outside like you did to see a plantation or two. I still need to see some of the voodoo sites you visited – maybe next time.

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    Lauren Korstrom
    at 9:41 PM

    Those voodoo string dolls like kid of cool haha! I have heard such fun things about New Orleans. It looks like such a great mix of culture and a good time! I hope one day to get down there!

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    at 11:03 AM

    I love New Orleans and I totally agree that a weekend trip just isn’t enough. My favorite day I’ve ever spent in New Orleans was a rainy Sunday. The Bloody Mary’s were great and most of the tourist were gone. We wandered around (and danced) in the rain bar to bar and listened to some great jazz. This article has some great information – Thanks.

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    at 11:43 PM

    Wow! All you need to know about exploring New Orleans in a single post! Great read. I would love to check out the voodoo museum!

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    at 1:05 AM

    OMG, you did so many things! This is just so good! How was the French Market? Yeah, St. Louis Cathedral is indeed beautiful and seems more than perfect in the pic!

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    Nafisa Habib
    at 5:06 AM

    Very enchanting and delicious one week itinerary! There are so much to visit and explore. I’m personally loving the Swamp tour adventure and Plantation day tour. Nice to know about this film location.

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    at 1:56 AM

    I can visit and stay in New Orleans for all the delicious food that you had. Love the architecture there, have seen quite unique pictures on Instagram. Will pin your post for later

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    at 1:18 AM

    I read a lot about New Orleans and your pictures & write up confirmed my belief that it is a good place to spend few days. The place and food look interesting.

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    at 4:13 PM

    We often call New Orleans, the northern-most Caribbean, glad to hear the same from an expert! Glad you loved our city and took the time to really see so much <3

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    at 1:58 PM

    I love NOLA! How could you not? Looks like you had a full week there. I need to get back soon. Thanks for the reminder!

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    Andrea Mujica
    at 12:26 PM

    This is one the most complete itineraries I’ve read about New Orleans. Most people go just to party. I would definitely do everything on your list. its a perfect mixture of culture, food, party, outdoors!

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    at 12:26 PM

    I wish I could have stayed a week in New Orleans last time I was there. Totally missed out on the Riverfront Walk …

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    at 12:01 PM

    You are absolutely right, a week in NOLA is perfect. I tried to visit in a weekend and I’ve been dying to get back ever since. I’m absolutely drooling over here thinking about all the incredible food I had, and your pictures are making it even worse. Also, the view from the Natchez is incredible isn’t it? I thought that experience might be a little too touristy for me, but it was absolutely worth it!

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    Amanda Carnagie
    at 11:42 AM

    If you ever make it back to New Orleans I totally recommend a food tour! We did a “history of New Orleans food” tour with Doctor Gumbo and it was one of the best (and tastiest) tours I’ve ever been on.

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    Amy @ Family Globetrotters
    at 8:26 PM

    Great post! this is one place I’d love to go in the States. Always wanted to go do the swamp tour…. did you see any alligators? I’ve seen heaps of shows with it and they look sooo big. Not sure if I’d be terrified or fascinated. I hear the food is amazing and always wanted to do the plantation tour too.

    • Victoria Hawkins
      Victoria Hawkins
      at 8:13 AM

      Thank you! Yes we saw alligators! I put up a couple pics in the post and will put up some more in another. Love everything about NOLA!

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    at 8:10 PM

    Totally agree about what you said about cramming too much stuff in ruins a place. We have definitely been guilty of that at times. New Orleans sounds great though. You’ve certainly found some fantastic food places! The shrimp breakfast looks delicious!

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    at 5:34 PM

    I love New Orleans! You just made me realise how much I haven’t done on my visit and that I needs to come back. The Voodoo museum sounds particularly appealing. Great read, thanks

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    Jon Jared
    at 2:44 PM

    Wow, you did a lot! I’ve always wanted to go to Nola. Never knew how Mardi Gras Started and have had visions of the Frenh Quarter for years. Thanks for the post!

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    at 12:36 PM

    This place looks awesome. Your itinerary is perfect and cover important aspects of the city. Thank you for sharing.

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    at 8:56 AM

    Reading your post made me long for New Orleans. It’s such a great city! Although it’s a nine-hour drive from us, we tend to make that drive several times a year just because we love NOLA so much! It looks like you had a great time and were able to experience so many of the great things NOLA offers.

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