After celebrating Pride weekend in Houston with a bang, and spontaneously driving to Austin half-drunk, my travel spirit is back, and I just need to wander somewhere outside Texas every weekend, or even just Houston, since Texas is almost the size of the Pangaea, and driving for 12 hours won’t take you anywhere but Texas. Haha.

So for this July 4th celebration, we’ve decided (read: I decided) to see what NOLA has to offer. Right after work, we sleeplessly drove to New Orleans, hoping for a sleepless fun night. I really wanted to stay at a Hotel near Bourbon St. but the last time I visited, I wasn’t too fond of the stench, so I opted on staying at Loft 523 which is not too far from Bourbon, French Quarter and nearby touristy spots, so I was OK with it. Plus I was in love with their minimalistic industrial design. I tend to be superficial when it comes to Hotels.

Bright and early, we headed towards the Bywater Neighborhood, which is by the water to have a breakfast at Elizabeth’s Restaurant, which upon my research is a must visit if you want to start your morning right. I’m a breakfast person, so I got really excited for this. We arrived there at around 0730 only to find out that we have to wait 30 more minutes since they do not open till 0800. So much for planning ahead. Haha.

After breakfast, and our photo op at the colorful Bywater Neighborhood houses, we headed to the Jackson Square at the French Quarter. Walked around the area till we saw this crowded cafe/restaurant called Cafe Du Monde. Of course we were crazily intrigued as to why people were lining up at this place, and even though we have just eaten a huge breakfast, we magically had some space in our stomach for whatever this place has to offer.

Louisiana Voodoo, a describes a set of underground religious practices which originated from the traditions of the African diaspora. It is a cultural form of the Afro-American religions which developed within the French, Spanish, and Creole speaking African American population of the U.S. state of Louisiana. It is one of many incarnations of African-based religions rooted in West African Dahomeyan Vodun. They became syncretized with the Catholicism and Francophone culture of south Louisiana as a result of the slave trade.

Quick visit on the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum which showcases its extensive collection and provides interpretive educational programs to present and preserve the rich history of pharmacy and healthcare in Louisiana; past and present.

And because I’m a fan of The Vampire Diaries, and The Originals, visiting La Fayette cemetery is mandatory. There’s a walking tour available for 5$ per person, and I think it’s worth it. You get to know more about the cemetery, and history. Something freaky happened though which instantaneously gave me goosebumps. Right after leaving the cemetery, a stranger added me on snapchat with the same name as one of those discussed by our tour guide. Creepy, I know!

Hope you enjoyed this post! Thanks for visiting 🙂