I have only one complaint about New Orleans. I didn’t see more of it. The music, the food, the people…it was awesome.
Being there on Halloween weekend was great. Being there for a popular music festival (Voodoo fest) was even better. The streets were packed and everyday (literally) was Halloween. People dressed up. Like really, really dressed up. It was theatrical, it was detail-oriented. It was fantastic, even for me, a girl who doesn’t love the costume party.
We rented a beauty of a home (thanks Airbnb) in Treme-an area once known to be pretty bad. Thanks to gentrification there are some lovely places to stay in the area which is super close to the French Quarter. This is where we spent the majority of our time.
We visited markets, walked around, took in the sights. But the real reason for the trip was the big Vampire Ball on Saturday night at the Legendary House of Blues. What a venue. In the short time I was there (I tapped out early) I saw some of the most spectacular costumes including a two from my own group (shout out John and Sofie).
Peak of my trip was our first night dinner at Bacchanal. It was a gloriously warm evening as we all sat outside on the patio listening to live jazz, nibbling on cheese and sipping wine we purchased from the front of house store. The place was packed and had such and easy, relaxed vibe.
The markets were also great as were the antique stores. The homes in the French Quarter – stunning. I brought home a truckload of hot sauce and a lifetime of memories.
As far as I’m concerned (and given the week we’ve had) Tennessee Williams was right –
“America has only three cities: New York, San Francisco and New Orleans. Everywhere else is Cleveland.”
NOLA, I’ll be back. NY – you’re up.
Ps. Yes, of course I went to Brad and Angelina’s. Their palace sold the weekend I was there. So basically I was their good luck charm #justsaying