Wanderlust: New Orleans

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New Orleans..its been a bucket list city for me for years.  So when I had the opportunity to plan an impromptu "couples" trip with friends, I literally jumped at the chance to spend three days in a vibrant city full of culture, night-life, music and some fine food and cocktails...adults only!

We rented a beautiful Airbnb that would serve as a gorgeous backdrop (if we found the right muse) for a sultry southern photoshoot and we booked our flights.  Fun, exploration and some rest and relaxation were the main focus, but the possibility of creating art is always on of our minds when good friend (and amazing photographer) Elizabeth Craig and I travel together

Leaving Pittsburgh at the crack of dawn had us touching down in NOLA just in time for Sunday brunch and our first destination was obviously the French Quarter to find food. We happened upon Cafe Amelie, a quaint spot in the heart of the French Quarter with a true southern menu and promptly ordered our first Bloody Mary's of the trip. (Shockingly, it was Elizabeth's husband John first EVER Bloody Mary!)

Cafe Amelie, located in the 150 year old Princess of Monaco Courtyard and Carriage House on Royal Street in the French Quarter.

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After lunch we weathered an afternoon thunderstorm at Cane & Table, a fantastic authentic rum joint on Decatur Street in the French Quarter.

Who could pass up this Rum Runner (for 2) served in a pineapple??  Certainly not Elizabeth and I!

Our evenings were spent in search of the best live music NOLA had to offer.  Both nights we ventured to Frenchman Street, where even on a Monday and a Tuesday night, the music scene was alive and happening!

We caught some incredible local performers

But hands down, the musical highlight of the trip was stumbling upon a group of local musicians giving the most incredible impromptu concert outside on Frenchman Street.

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One of my favorite parts the city was the Garden District. We hopped on the St. Charles streetcar to check out some of New Orlean's finest Victorian architecture, took a stroll through Lafayette Cemetery and eventually made our way to Magazine Street for some shopping and to refuel.

LaFayette Cemetery, famous for it's ornate 19th century tombs

If you go, be sure to check out my favorite little cafe on Magazine Street, The Vintage. Their afternoon happy hour menu was full of cocktails,  bite sized beignets and truffle fries.  It was perfection!

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Time for one last leisurely lunch before heading back to reality...we chose Felix Restaurant & Oyster Bar in heart the French Quarter.  Located right on Bourbon Street, it was my favorite meal the entire trip!  It's simple, southern, creole cuisine- done so well. And the best Bloody Mary I had in New Orleans!

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A huge thank you to Elizabeth Craig for, not only being a wonderful travel companion, but for also sharing some beautiful images for my story.