NOLA Quickie

2 Nov

Greetings!  Kevin and I just got back from a quick trip to New Orleans for Halloween.  The weekend flew by in this city full of history, unique architecture excellent food, hurricanes (tropical and of the over 21 variety), zombies, ghosts, jazz, and good times.

We took a few tours while we were there, and I definitely learned quite a bit about this port city.  The city was under French rule, then Spanish, then French, and ultimately belonged to the US after the Louisiana Purchase in 1803.   The interesting history makes NOLA what it is today.

One of the tours we took was a bicycle tour through some of the residential areas.  The majority of the houses were of a French design called “shotgun” homes.  The French did not believe in hallways; they thought they were a waste of space, so these homes have back to back rooms (not the greatest for privacy).  Basically, you can stand at the front door, fire a shotgun through the house, and the bullet would exit the back door without hitting any walls.  This design was to help with airflow for their sweltering summers.

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In the photo above you can see a double shotgun on the left and a single on the right.  Has anyone gone in one of these houses?  We didn’t get to tour one, so I am curious what they would be like inside.

We did get to tour The Hermann-Grima House, which is a historic Federal Mansion in the French Quarter.

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The home had a lot of the original furnishings from the 1800’s, which was really neat to see.  Unfortunately we were unable to take photos inside, but here is the exterior:

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One of the most impressive places in New Orleans was definitely Jackson Square.  This is the home to St. Louis Cathedral, museums, shops, apartments, and countless artists.

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I had big plans to purchase some one of a kind art, but it didn’t happen in the end.

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There were some beautiful pieces to choose from.

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We did manage to consume a lot of food and drinks,

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Kevin ate a lot of raw oysters.  I wasn’t brave enough to slurp any down.  Have you indulged in them before?

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We did enjoy the sounds of some soulful musicians…

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Of all ages…

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And there were quite a few strange sites to see considering it was Halloween Weekend.  Maybe the most interesting sighting was Sasquatch….

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Yes ladies…that is my husband!  Now aren’t you all jealous!?  Winking smile

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4 Responses to “NOLA Quickie”

  1. Ainhoa November 2, 2011 at 5:20 am #

    Everyone I know loves oysters, but I can’t eat them either. I don’t eat almost any kind of seafood (which is good, since it’s expensive!).
    Those pieces of art look beautiful. I remember while in Chicago there was this man selling paintings next to Millennium Park – they were gorgeous, but ended up not buying anything because it wasn’t in my budget (they were around $150-$200). Now I kind of regret it!

  2. Brandi @ His Shabby Her Chic November 2, 2011 at 11:33 am #

    Looks like you guys had a great time! I would love to go to NOLA, especially right now when it’s starting to get cold here. The colors there look so beautiful.

    Kevin’s Halloween costume is just too hilarious!

  3. Maureen November 3, 2011 at 10:59 am #

    I would DIE to go to NOLA. I always loved the romantic side of the city, and the architecture. Great pics!!!!

  4. Jennifer November 16, 2011 at 10:20 pm #

    I lived in New Orleans my whole life until I went to college and my family still lives there. When I was younger we used to live in a shotgun house. You walked into the living room, next was the kitchen, next master bedroom (but not big), pass by the bathroom, and finally the last bedroom. I never knew they were a novelty until I got older. I loved your pictures, nice to get a little piece of home

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