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A First-Timer's Look at New Orleans

Updated on August 31, 2017

The Crescent City, NOLA, Nawlins, The Big Easy

Whatever you call New Orleans--The Big Easy, Crescent City, NOLA, Nawlins--it's a city as unique as any I've ever visited.

I recently went with my sisters to New Orleans for just part of three days and two nights, not really long enough, but that's the time we had. In those few days, we stayed in the French Quarter, walked around those tiny streets taking in the sights, being overwhelmed really with all there is to see.

We ate beignets and catfish po' boys, visited the riverfront flea market and several historic cemeteries, listened to jazz, rode streetcars, and generally had a great time!

Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood I took all of the photos on this page (except for Amazon product photos).

Snapshots of New Orleans - So Much To See and Do

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A view of a busy street in the French Quarter of New Orleans.Statue and plants in the courtyard of the Hotel St. Marie, Toulouse Street, New Orleans.A row of mausoleums at Greenwood Cemetery. We visited four cemeteries in all and if we'd had more time, would have gone to more.
A view of a busy street in the French Quarter of New Orleans.
A view of a busy street in the French Quarter of New Orleans.
Statue and plants in the courtyard of the Hotel St. Marie, Toulouse Street, New Orleans.
Statue and plants in the courtyard of the Hotel St. Marie, Toulouse Street, New Orleans.
A row of mausoleums at Greenwood Cemetery. We visited four cemeteries in all and if we'd had more time, would have gone to more.
A row of mausoleums at Greenwood Cemetery. We visited four cemeteries in all and if we'd had more time, would have gone to more.

Amazing Architecture

Luckily we stayed in the French Quarter

where there is amazing architecture,

including the iconic balconies, at every turn.

Jazz in the French Quarter of New Orleans - Music flows out onto the street in the French Quarter.

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Jazz band in a restaurant in New Orleans.Jazz in a bar in the French Quarter.
Jazz band in a restaurant in New Orleans.
Jazz band in a restaurant in New Orleans.
Jazz in a bar in the French Quarter.
Jazz in a bar in the French Quarter.
Beignets for breakfast. Delicious!
Beignets for breakfast. Delicious!

Beignets and Coffee for Breakfast

While in New Orleans, my sisters and I shared a tray of beignets from the Beignet Cafe instead of Cafe du Monde. They were delicious! We all did buy a box of Cafe du Monde beignet mix to bring home though!

Never had a beignet? They are so good! Like a doughnut, these square treats are pastries that originated in France. They are usually served with powdered sugar. You can also eat them as a savory dish with added meat or fruit or vegetables. I think that sounds good too!

They are similar to an English fritter.

Beignets include water, sugar, evaporated milk, bread flour, and shortening. When mixed and rolled out, the pastry is fried in hot oil and topped with powdered sugar, also called confectioner's sugar.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beignet

New Orleans Offers Readings of All Kinds

Tarot card reading in the Big Easy.
Tarot card reading in the Big Easy.

My sister decided to have her fortune told from this tarot card reader. I had never witnessed a reading and was shocked at how right on/accurate/spookily true this reading was!

Ghost Signs in New Orleans - Way Up High in the French Quarter

Momma cat carrying a kitten.
Momma cat carrying a kitten.

I wrote a Squidoo article about ghost signs and love to take photos of them when I find more of these old painted signs on the sides of buildings. In the French Quarter, which is very old, the pickings were great!

My sisters pointed out several of these signs to me, and I would dutifully snap them. Here is one ghost sign from my New Orleans trip. To see more, check out my Ghost Signs article here at Squidoo.

Cleaning the streets of New Orleans.
Cleaning the streets of New Orleans.

Dirty Streets, Clean Streets

It's All Good

While walking down Bourbon Street the first night of our stay in the Crescent City on the way back to our hotel, we all noticed an odor. It was the unmistakable smell of, well, vomit.

Many patrons of the bars in the area imbibe with gusto and then have to relieve themselves. On the street.

Oh well. The next morning we were happy to see the street sweepers out in force tidying up!

Been There? Done That?

Have you visited New Orleans?

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