New Orleans--The Big Easy

Recently my husband and I escaped for a few days away without our kids. Where does one go when you've only got a few days and you want guaranteed fun? Yeah baby...New Orleans!!! If you haven't been I highly recommend you go. This a city with an incredibly rich history and a beautiful tapestry of people and places.

The Cathedral at Jackson Square is probably the most beautiful church I have been in ever. The paintings are so vivid they seem almost alive.

The characters outside the church are equally mesmerizing. Tarot readers, artists, palm readers and seers of all kinds sell their wares year round. The French Quarter is a maze of streets, alleys and hidden courtyards. You never know what beautiful treasure is squirreled away behind those stone walls.

One of the most intriguing tours you can take in New Orleans are the Cemetery Tours. Since NOLA is below sea level they can not bury people underground. They used to but when it flooded bodies didn't stay buried. Finally they resorted to crypts. The shot above is of Marie Leveau's grave the famous Voo Doo Priestess. This cemetery is at the edge of the French Quarter and even has bodies buried in the walls. Creepy and kinda cool!

The Steamboat Natchez provides a two hour tour of the New Orleans coastline along the Mississippi River. As you ride lazily along those turbulent waters you can't help but imagine what the coastline looked like in another time.

The food and drink are rich, spicy and plentiful. From Bourbon Street to the Garden District. There is fun around every corner and story behind every door.


  1. Oh gosh, New Orleans is a DREAM destination for me. My sister went a few years back and brought back tons of gorgeous pictures for me because she knew I'd use them as setting inspriation for my stories!

  2. It is very inspirational. Book 2 in my series "An Amoveo Heart" takes place in New Orleans. I got some great tid bits for my book while i was there.

  3. I want to go to New Orleans!! In my book Twist of Fate, Arianna and Keldon are involved in the War of 1812--as you know an important battle takes place there.

    Lucky you for having a chance to experience the eternal ambiance of a wonderful city. Thanks for sharing your holiday with us.

  4. I would love to see New Orleans! Sounds like a fantastic getaway.

  5. That's a spot I'd love to visit. My sister went there for Mardi Gras once along with our cousins, and had a blast.

  6. I've never been to New Orleans but would love to go! So glad this great city is getting back on her feet again! ;D Thanks for the post!

  7. Like many others, I would love to visit New Orleans! Steeped in history and legend, this city may be the most potent in terms of mystery and myth. Love it! Thanks for a wonderful glimpse!

    --Chiron O'Keefe
    The Write Soul:

  8. Ditto all of the above! I was so sad to see this cool city go through such terrible hardships. It's wonderful to see Brad Pitt pitching in to help with incredibly innovative housing, and much needed funding.
    Maybe we should organize a Diva getaway! Woot!

  9. I have to say I am impressed by this city's resiliance. I had been to NOLA a few years before Katrina and looks as though it never least in the French Quarter and Garden District. The outlying parishes didn't fare as well. The lower 9 is still virtually deserted.


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