will work for beads / by Kayci Detweiler

New Orleans. The Big Easy. Nawlins. Down in the bayou. 

Well, however you want to say it, we were there! It was a whirlwind experience of a day, trying to fit in ALL THE THINGS because, well, that's what we always do. But overall, it was an excellent experience of the city. 

Most of our time was spent in the French Quarter, which we learned is the original part of the city, settled by the French because it was the only livable land in the middle of a swamp. It's beautiful and so full of culture that's hard to capture with an iPhone.

New Orleans has a fascinating history because it was passed around to so many countries...first, of course, the Native peoples of the area were living here, then the French occupied and settled it, then the Spanish took over, then it went back to France, and finally it was bought by the United States in the Louisiana purchase. So it's easy to see where their variety in culture comes from! Something you can't find anywhere else in the world. 

The number one thing everyone said to us when we told them we were going to New Orleans was "make sure you go to Cafe Du Monde for coffee and beignets!" So, we obeyed and made that our first stop...yum. Worth it. 

You get the cafe "au lait" and the beignets with all the powdered sugar they can pile on. Kelby models the proper way to eat beignets (fried French donuts, btw) below:

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We rode a streetcar to St Charles to see some of the historic houses, took a walking tour of the French Quarter {which is where I learned all those fun facts from the beginning...impressive, I know}, and spent time listening to live musicians in Jackson Square.

I fell in love with the spanish architecture, bright colors, magnolia trees, and the hanging ferns. 

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We even saw a random parade march down the street and ate some delicious cajun gumbo.

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I'd say we had a pretty great peek at New Orleans. Next time I come back, I'll have plenty more to do!

{...but always make time for beignets, for real}