Instpiration of the Week: New Orleans!!!

One of the most beautiful cities I have been lucky enough to visit in the U.S. is definitely New Orleans. It seems only fitting to make this great city the inspiration of the week considering the Saints won the Superbowl and Mardi Gras is next week.  Who dat!

Before I had my first trip to the Big Easy, I had no idea a southern city could have so much character and history. I was blown away by the architecture, food, people and culture. So many cities seem to blend together with endless strip malls of chain stores or contrived “historic” architecture, but this city made me feel like I jumped the pond and landed smack in the heart of an old European town. We went to New Orleans for a friend’s wedding and luckily had time to explore the city.

First there was the beautiful church where the wedding was held:

Wedding Rehersal

Casey and Jon’s wedding rehearsal

Then we got to go explore the French Quarter.

Stopped by the Spanish Plaza and on to the Farmer’s Market

Rested up and sipped mint juleps at Pat O’Brien’s

Pat O'Brien's Courtyard

Pat O’Brien’s Courtyard

And of course, one of my favorite parts of New Orleans is the food. There is not enough time in the world to try all the amazing restaurants there, but I sure look forward to trying.