Edited to add: This was originally posted last year after a wonderful business trip in the Big Easy, but I decided to repost it today for all my awesome blogging friends in anticipation of our fabulous trip there this week for Mom 2.0 Summit.
New Orleans is one of my very favorite cities. My time there last week was no different, except that I always have gone for business and have never had time to see anything outside a small area. But I did take time for a little photowalk and I did partake of at least some of the incredible food.
1. The architecture. Intricate wrought iron railings. Rooftop gardens. Beautiful hidden courtyards. And that's just the French Quarter. I've never actually been to the Garden District, which I hear is another kind of gorgeous.
2. The music. Jazz. Zydeco. Blues. Even the cover bands that play late into the night on Bourbon Street are pretty good! Everywhere you go there is incredible live music to be heard.
3. The art. There are artists on every corner and galleries down every street. I got a chance to enjoy a street festival called Art for Art's Sake, where there were street exhibits, open galleries and of course plenty of alcohol. It was delightful.
4. The spirit. The world champion Saints were in town on Sunday and the fans were out in force. Not to mention the fact that every building and wall in the entire town was decorated with their black and gold and "Who Dat?" paraphernalia.
6. The cemeteries. Seriously they are cool, all the graves are above ground because the water table is too high to bury them underground.
7 - 10. The food. Amazing jambalaya. Fabulous red beans and rice with andouille sausage. Gumbo and beignets. Emeril and Brennen and countless other world renown chefs have restaurants in the Big Easy. You can't go wrong. I would dare say...best food in the whole country.
Have you ever been to New Orleans? What am I missing?