We’ve said it before on here – this trip isn’t really about cities. They’re loud and expensive and crowded and not that easy to navigate with the camper, but since neither of us had ever been to New Orleans, we knew we had to fit it in somehow. We’re so glad we did!
We stayed about 30 minutes outside the city at St. Bernard State Park, but didn’t spend much time there. We wanted to check out everything NOLA had to offer. We spent two full days there, trying to cram in as much as we could, but still felt like we could have stayed longer and kept exploring.
This city has so much spirit. I think that’s what I loved most about it. Yeah, it’s touristy and Bourbon St has its own brand of ridiculous human behavior, but I loved the sense of identity and pride the city has. It’s been a place of merging cultures throughout history and it has emerged as a culture all its own. The music, food, art, and history all add layers of character to this dynamic place.
We unintentionally came upon the Christmas parade down St. Charles Avenue and it was one of the most fun parades we’ve been to – complete with beads, marching bands, general merriment and of course – Santa!
The historic above-ground New Orleans Cemeteries are beautiful and morbid tourist destinations. We visited Lafayette Cemetery #1 in the Garden District, but it was closed by the time we got there and our pictures are just through the locked gate. It is the most filmed cemetery in New Orleans, and was in a scene from the movie Double Jeopardy, which (piece of Marc and Sarah trivia here) happens to be the movie we saw together on our first date.
Of course it wouldn’t be a trip to New Orleans without some great music. From street hustlers to the brass bands and the busy weekend clubs, we were infused with music wherever we went. The best part was we could hear great music and still be back in the camper by our old-person bedtime of 10 pm!!
It was definitely a festive and fun time in New Orleans and we’re sure its a city that will call us back again. Next, we are taking a break from the road for a few weeks at Sarah’s sister’s home in San Antonio and we’ll enjoy a trip back to Iowa for Christmas. Here’s wishing you an adventurous holiday season!