My time in New Orleans

Wow what an amazing time in New Orleans! As soon as I got off the plane it was like I was in a different country. The limo picked me up and whisked me off to the French Quarter.

My home for the week was a cute one bedroom bungaloo, bright and cheery with all the comforts you could imagine. The location was perfect only a few minutes to Jackson Square and the hustle and bustle of the shops and delectable restaurants.  The first thing that I had to experience was the yummy Beignets at Cafe Du Monde and then went across the street for a photo opportunity The statue of Andrew Jackson in the Jackson square!

The second day we went on a fun tour outside of the city to explore two plantations. The first was called OakAlley and the reason being the home is at the end of the most magnificent 150 yr old trees. They form an alley and a towering home sits at the end. The second was called Laura Plantation named after the daughter of the owner and it was so very different than the first one. It was full of Gardens and Banana trees and was very tropical and reflected the personality of the Creole culture. I loved all the bright colors and the more eclectic design throughout the property. 

The third day was very special because I took a cooking class from the New Orleans School of Cooking . I made and cooked a Southern brunch and then the rest of the class and chef sat down to enjoy the meal . I surprised myself it was delicious, I still can cook . Let's see if we can cook together sometime I will even let you lick the spoon!

Then for the evening we took a stroll down  Frenchman street where there was a different genre of music every 10 feet. We would just walk in to the establishment and away we would go on to the dance floor moving to the beat! It was just unbelievable every time a band would start playing a song It would remind me of my school days ! It was a blast ! R&B, Rock, Hip Hop , Disco you name it they had it ! My playlist time capsule all on one block! 

The fourth day was an evening on the Natchez Steamboat where we had a delicious evening dinner buffet. Once we were stuffed and were loosening our belts it was time to take a walk on the deck. The boat started up the Mississippi River playing some lively jazz music. The evening ended with the most spectacular sunset and the lights of the city on our arrival back to the dock.

The last day was a very different tour it was time to go out to the Bayou . We took the airboat and sped around in and out of bays playing with the alligators getting up close and personal with them like pets . I even got to hold one in my hand I think that was the highlight of the trip for me.

Then for our last evening we went back to our bungaloo and had a very guiet evening cuddled up watching a movie listening to the rain outside. It was a perfect way to end our adventure.

I will say that it was so much fun and I hope one day to return!

Cherish O'Riley