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Back to New Orleans

In June, I’ll be taking a vacation to New Orleans. Just a few days in the French Quarter, but I’m super excited about it. I’ve been to New Orleans once before, for a week, and stayed in the French Quarter–and never left it. Well, except to go on a riverboat cruise on the Mississippi. I know there’s lots of other things to see in New Orleans, but I was spellbound by the French Quarter and had no desire to leave it once I got in it. I did a lot of the classic tourist things–a ghost tour, visiting Jackson Square (which could be seen from the hotel balcony), and having beignets at Cafe Du Monde. I didn’t get to walk through the cemeteries though, so that’s something I want to do this time around.

Last time I was there I got some beads…yes, the way you get them in New Orleans!

If you’ve never been to the French Quarter, it’s definitely everything you see and read about it. Party every night (and day), crowds, music, lights, beads, endless fun (and trouble) to get into, marvelous food, and an achingly historical air about everything that’s hard to describe. When I first arrived, I was not prepared for how run down and dirty it seemed. But once you’re there for a few hours, you start to realize it’s the reason for the phrase “it has character.” I’ve never visited another place like it, not even other ‘party’ destinations like Las Vegas. In Vegas everything seems very slick and modern, while the French Quarter has never lost the veneer of the past. It’s beautiful in its own raw, sprawling sort of way. While Vegas felt overwhelming and incredibly phony to me most of the time, the French Quarter had a charming cozy grittiness that captured my heart. It felt like being in another world. Maybe I enjoyed it so much because I worked for five years in a New Orleans-themed restaurant. Though I didn’t visit it during my time working there.

I can’t wait to go back! It’s sure to be blazing hot in June, but I love the heat and so does my best friend, who will be accompanying me. We’re staying in a cute little pink guest house at the edge of the Quarter. Since I’ve been there before I’ll be acting as a tour guide. I have a habit of wanting to do EVERYTHING ALL AT ONCE everytime I go somewhere, so I’m sure we’ll have a few full, interesting days.

Have you ever been to the French Quarter? What did you think of it?

Megan Morgan View All

Urban fantasy and paranormal romance author.

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  1. One of my most favorite places ever, and we try to get there at least twice a year. There are two things we do each time we go. One is go to the Old Coffee Pot for breakfast (714 Saint Peter Street). The waitresses are grumpy in a very endearing way and have been there for years. If you have the pleasure of hearing them sing happy birthday to somebody, it’s worth every minute. The second is to visit Frizell’s in the evening if you love the authentic blues and jazz of New Orleans (733 Bourbon Street)–it’s the real deal. It’s also fun to take the trolly down through the garden district, and the cemeteries are definitely interesting. I know you’ll enjoy it because you already have a love for the place. It’s so unique and I can’t wait to go back. Let me know if you find other “have to do” things we can add to our next visit. Enjoy.

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    • Great suggestions! I’ve not been to either of those places but I’ve heard of the Old Coffee Pot. Going to the Garden District is a great idea too, something I didn’t get to do last time either! Thanks for the suggestions. I’m sure everywhere I went the first time you’ve probably already been–going there twice a year sounds like a dream come true.

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