Welcome to NOLA

IMAG03965/6/15 I had the pleasure of traveling with a good friend of mine to New Orleans, LA. Though we were only in town for a few short days we made time to explore the city, take beautiful pictures and make lasting memories. I can honestly say that I fell in love with something new every day.

The 46th Annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival was the main reason for our visit. A first for the both of us and ultimately  a wonderful experience and I hope to make it an annual trip. Thousands of people from all over the world gathered to hear good music, eat delicious food and enjoy the perfect weather for the weekend. The Festival was jam packed with talented artists and it was exactly what I needed to unwind and relax.

DSC_0643Let me just say New Orleans is FULL of character, colors and sounds! But to be completely honest being able to experience the city before the tourists awoke for another round of revelry was by far my favorite part of the trip. In the quiet of the city streets I found a beauty and a peace in New Orleans that I haven’t experienced in a while. We woke up one morning just to watch the sunrise over the Mississippi River and it was breathtaking. It reminded me that the darkness is only temporary and once it’s time has come the light will return. The darkness could be pain, hurt, feeling of loss or disappointment, anything that feels heavy on our hearts and ultimately hinders our ability to hope. That darkness comes to rob us of our joy, our light and our hope but I thank God that His light and love never fails.

DSC_0742I thank God for the ability to travel different parts of the world and to experience the beauty of His creation. I don’t take it for granted the privilege that it is to do this and I pray for more opportunities to see the world.
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We travelled with CID Entertainment; our travel package included hotel accommodations at New Orleans Marriott, general admission to the jazz festival all weekend and transportation to the fairgrounds. Booking with CID was super convenient but also expensive and the next time we visit we will be booking our hotel and purchasing our tickets independently.

Food:
Gumbo Shop
Cafe Du Monde
Mother’s Restaurant
Deanie’s
Superior Seafood and Oyster Bar

Sightseeing:
Streetcar to the Garden District
French Quarter
Bywater area

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