New Orleans balconies

TBT to New Orleans: A Weekend in the French Quarter

Flashback to August 2016: It had been over a year since my roommates from Prague and I had all been in the same room together. The last time I saw them, I was hugging them goodbye before I headed off to the airport and back home to the states. So, when I got a group message suggesting a reunion trip to New Orleans, a city none of us had been to before, I knew I had to figure out a way to scrounge up what little money my post-grad, job-hunting self had.

Next thing I knew, I was flying down to New Orleans, Louisiana at the beginning of August, home of the Saints and the location of my favorite American Horror Story season. What followed was a long weekend spent exploring the French Quarter, drinking the famous Fat Tuesdays and Hurricanes, and eating as much food as we could. Oh, and we celebrated two birthdays. I don’t think there could have been a better reunion trip.

Below are a few (okay, a lot) of pictures from our trip with suggestions of what to do, where to stay, and what to chow down on. Enjoy.

Where to Stay

If you stay anywhere while in New Orleans, make it the French Quarter. You’ll be able to walk around and admire the buildings like the ones below. One of the buildings is the infamous mansion of Madame LaLaurie that was featured in American Horror Story: Coven. Read more about LaLaurie’s story here. We stayed at the Courtyard Marriott on Iberville Street, about a 10 minute walk to the popular Bourbon Street. Highly recommend.

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Soaking up the California Sun

Since I was 10 years old, I’ve had an aching desire to travel to California. A combination of the allure of warm weather and the knowledge that Los Angeles is home to the Hollywood Walk of Fame enabled my pre-teen brain to become all-consumed with the idea of checking out the Golden State.

There’s a reason they say, “West Coast, Best Coast,” right?

Picturing California like a scene from a Lana Del Rey music video.
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That childhood dream finally became a reality 12 years later, and I owe it all to my semester spent abroad in Prague. In the spring of 2015, I was randomly assigned to room with a girl from Southern California during our four-month study abroad program. Let’s just say there’s something about rooming with a stranger in a country you’re both not familiar with that speeds up the process of cultivating a friendship.

Needless to say, that roommate, Jordan, is the reason I was able to finally soak in the California sun. After our study abroad program came to a close, we stayed in touch (as I did with my other roommates), and my 2016 spring break plans eventually formed.

With Jordan’s willingness to house me in mind, I booked a flight to Southern California and spent my spring break checking out the sites, trying new foods, and enjoying the fact that I had escaped the Upstate NY tundra.

Let the photos below serve as my words of encouragement to head to West Coast if you haven’t been before and cross off these places on your own bucket list.

Venice Beach

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