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Christmas in The Big Easy

I’m not sure if I would associate New Orleans with a Christmas vibe that you’d find in other cities such as New York. Jazz, sure. French culture, of course! Mardi Gras, who’d even argue with that? But Christmas? Not exactly. But on the other hand, I didn’t want to spend my winter break doing nothing at home, so on December 25th, I found myself landing in Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport with my family.

NOLA is a vibrant city, to say the least. It’s not a teeming metropolis like Los Angeles, but it has character everywhere you go. Granted, there are still a few parts of the city still damaged from the effects of Hurricane Katrina, but that being said, it’s amazing to see how much the city has recovered since 2005. Whenever I walked down Bourbon Street in the French Quarter and saw locals cheering for the Saints, I could see how united the city was.

I’d definitely recommend visiting NOLA if you love food and rain. I’ll admit that I’m not the biggest fan of rain, but I do enjoy eating new foods. Some highlights from my trip include eating beignets, po boy sandwiches, and a LOT of fried seafood.

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Beignets

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Po boy sandwich with soft-shell crab

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Charbroiled oysters

Besides eating, I did some of the more typical touristy activities too. I visited the French Quarter, which is a famous old neighborhood that houses a few equally prominent landmarks – such as St. Louis Cathedral, Jackson Square, and the French Market. St. Louis Cathedral was one of my favorite places to visit because although I’m not religious, I could appreciate the history and the beauty of the church. I got to tour an old Southern plantation that was operational back in the antebellum era. I walked around the Garden District, a neighborhood containing some of the most amazing houses that I’ve ever seen – including Sandra Bullock’s home.

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St. Louis Cathedral

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Southern plantation

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Sandra Bullock’s house

 

All in all, visiting NOLA for the first time was the best part of my winter break! I love to travel whenever I can, and going to The Big Easy didn’t disappoint. Here’s hoping that I can come back soon!

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Posted on February 1, 2014 by Brendan

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