NOLA

Crazy big gator

Crazy big gator

Last weekend I had the opportunity to explore New Orleans, a place I have dreamt of visiting for as long as I can remember. Not only was it everything it had been built up to be but I got to take it all in with some of my favorite girls. Can’t wait to go back one day with my main squeeze and dive a little deeper into some of the most incredible culture and history our country has to offer. Until next time Big Easy!

Below are some moments from our adventure (a Bachelorette party) if you are interested. Thanks #JOLA girls for sharing a few of your pictures!

Walking out to the boat for our swamp tour

Walking out to the boat for our swamp tour

Such a different environment than I grew up with, really beautiful and kept reminding me of The Notebook scene in the boat with all the moss hanging down

Such a different environment than I grew up with, really beautiful and kept reminding me of The Notebook scene in the boat with all the moss hanging down

Wild piglets with their mama swimming for a free handout

Wild piglets with their mama swimming for a free handout

Houseboats

Houseboats

Just a little drive-thru daiquiri stop in the middle of nowhere, can you say hangover in a cup?

Just a little drive-thru daiquiri stop in the middle of nowhere, can you say hangover in a cup?

WHOA

WHOA

Bringing the groom with us everywhere we went, she didn't even have to miss him!

Bringing the groom with us everywhere we went, she didn’t even have to miss him!

Checking out this local spot with the most amazing looking baked hams - thumbs up to the chefs in the kitchen

Checking out this local spot with the most amazing looking baked hams – thumbs up to the chefs in the kitchen

The longest running street car in the country + our shenanigans

The longest running street car in the country + our shenanigans (I apologize to the other passengers)

I wish there were bars like this in San Francisco

I wish there were bars like this in San Francisco

A picture to make Bourbon Street look far more beautiful than it actually is...kinda gross but checked it off the list

A picture to make Bourbon Street look far more beautiful than it actually is…kinda gross but checked it off the list

When the heavens open in New Orleans there is no escaping it, a totally different rain experience for all us Washington natives

When the heavens open up in New Orleans there is no escaping it, a totally different rain experience for all us Washington natives

During a hop on bus tour of the city we came upon a random street parade with beads and everything!

During a hop on bus tour of the city we came upon a random street parade with beads and everything!

My favorite float we saw

My favorite float we saw

Shout out to my alma mater the Decatur Gators!

Shout out to my alma mater the Decatur Gators!

Such beauty and history in this town...definitely need to return to spend more time enjoying it and learning

Such beauty and history in this town…definitely need to return to spend more timeĀ learning about it

The famous DuMonde

The famous DuMonde

A messy situation is unavoidable

A messy situation is unavoidable

I swear the ceiling fans were less about the heat and humidity and more about keeping the cloud of powdered sugar down

I swear the ceiling fans were less about the heat and humidity and more about keeping the cloud of powdered sugar down

Tour of Mardi Gras world, so touristy but pretty impressive to see the scale of the production

Tour of Mardi Gras world, so touristy but pretty impressive to see the scale of the production

Peddy cab ride through the street of the French Quarter and about 30 seconds before a torrential down pour left me sopping wet

Pedicab ride through the street of the French Quarter and about 30 seconds before a torrential down pour left me sopping wet

A really amazing spot, highly recommend Herbsaint for a cool vibe and amazing bite

A really amazing spot, highly recommend Herbsaint for a cool vibe and amazing bite

One of the best things I had while in NOLA, Housemade Spaghetti with Guanciale and Fried-Poached Farm Egg

One of the best things I had while in NOLA, Housemade Spaghetti with Guanciale and Fried-Poached Farm Egg

Buy this wine! Just trust me...a rose dry as a bone  and so perfect for a meal with girlfriends

Buy this wine! Just trust me…a rose dry as a bone and so perfect for a meal with girlfriends

The jazz, ohhhh the jazz...so good

The jazz, ohhhh the jazz…so good

My favorite moment of them all was dancing to this incredible group, SO SO SO fun!

My favorite moment of them all was dancing to this incredible group, SO SO SO fun!

In our happy place

It’s too bad we don’t have any fun

Happened upon this nighttime open air art market

Happened upon this nighttime open air art market

Pretty dreamy, I bought a really cool print from an artist who captures moments from the street

Pretty dreamy, I bought a really cool print from an artist who captures moments from the street

Lots of cool little coffee shops and restaurants everywhere you turn, next visit I will spend more time exploring

Lots of cool little coffee shops and restaurants everywhere you turn, next visit I will spend more time exploring

Sunday morning brunch crowd with a touch of classic NOLA architecture in the back

Sunday morning brunch crowd with a touch of classic NOLA architecture in the back

Hands down the best shrimp and grits I have ever had

Hands down the best shrimp and grits I have ever had

the best way to explore town

the best way to explore town

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