New Orleans by Instagram

Earlier, I’ve told you of my first trip abroad – to New Orleans. As an eleven-year-old, I thought it was an exciting and exotic city; the colours, the smells, the people, the jazz, the streets, the shops, the horse-drawn carriages…

New Orleans by Instagram

I’ve always had a strange yearning to see the city again – through grown-up eyes, yet despite living in the USA for five years in my teens and early twenties, I never returned to New Orleans.

Well, it was about time. Besides, my youngest daughter Cat is now 11. Of course, an eleven-year-old in 2013 is much worldlier than I was more than 30 years ago. But still: what would her impression be?

So… we’ve just returned from New Orleans for a look at its more family-friendly sides. This vibrant city offers much more than parties and beads, y’know. (Although you can’t really escape beads). There are heaps of things to see and do here – very quirky things.

Articles will be coming up on paddle steaming on the Mississippi, on the crazy and colourful world of Mardi Gras, on New Orleans eats, and more. Alex even headed out of town for a look at a few southern plantations, including a unique Creole one, and will tell you all about it. We’ll also delve into the darker side of this most unusual of North American cities, with ghosts, haunted houses and horrible histories from its sinister and sinful past.

For now, as an apéritif: here’s New Orleans by Instagram. And we’ll begin, of course, in the French Quarter.
Colourful Royal Street on a Saturday morning @neworleanscvb

Can’t be in New Orleans without trying beignets and cafe-au-lait at Cafe du Monde:
@NewOrleans Cafe au lait and beignet at Cafe du Monde

… and browse art for sale at Jackson Square:
More bright and colourful  #neworleans #art for sale @neworleanscvb

Great variety of #art for sale on #Jackson_Square in #neworleans @neworleanscvb

New Orleans is a different city at night, intriguing, thrilling, spooky…
Slightly spooky #neworleans at night @neworleanscvb @visitneworleans

…as is the Andrew Jackson Hotel, where ghosts of children roam. Rumour has it; they mess with your camera, too. Who knows what the naughty boys might do with your Instagram account…
Haunted #neworleans: The child ghosts of the Andrew Jackson hotel on Rotal Street. @neworleanscvb @visitneworleans

Cat thought this gorgeous falabella named Autumn was more interesting than the ghosts. Autumn hangs out at a bar called Lafitte’s Blacksmith shop, another haunted house.
Ghosts, OK, but @cathappyl cares more about this gorgeous falabella named Autumn who hangs out at Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop (read: bar, haunted) in the French Quarter. @neworleanscvb @visitneworleans

Cafe Maspero was once a slave exchange:
Sunday lunch at Cafe Maspero #neworleans - very lively, seens to be a local favourite @neworleanscvb

… today locals queue for the enormous muffaletta-sandwiches and other Cajun fare:
Muffaletta, a very non-veg #neworleans staple @neworleanscvb

Up the Mississippi a bit, is the Malus-Beauregard House, a small plantation on what was once the site of the last battle of the War of 1812:
@NewOrleans Malus-Beauregard #plantation along the #mississippi

View from the plantation: Chalmette battlefield
@NewOrleans View from the plantation #Chalmette #battlefield

Can’t do New Orleans by Instagram and not mention Mardi Gras

We arrived in town a little late for Mardi Gras, but left-overs were all around, like beads in trees. In fact, heaps of beads, everywhere.
Remnants of Mardi Gras @NewOrleans

Preparations for next year’s event is in full swing at Mardi Gras World, one of 18 warehouses chock full of weird and wonderful accoutrements:
@NewOrleans Mardi Gras warehouse, filled with floats, costumes, colours...

… and there’s always King cake:
@NewOrleans Mardi Gras #King #cake

Have you been in New Orleans?

Disclosure: In New Orleans, we were guests of New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau. As ever, we’re free to write about anything that takes our fancy.

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34 Responses to “New Orleans by Instagram”

  1. Mette - Italian Notes 13 March 2013 1905 #

    I’ve never been to New Orleans unfortunately. It looks like such a lively, vibrant city.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 14 March 2013 0801 #

      Full of life, for sure.

  2. frans # new orleans 13 March 2013 1936 #

    I Wish I Was In New Orleans.

    So here’s my cover of this song by Tom Waits:

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 14 March 2013 0801 #

      Nice song.

  3. Alouise 14 March 2013 0146 #

    Love New Orleans – such a fantastic city. Love the photos, especially that first spooky picture – the shadow looks so cool.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 14 March 2013 0801 #

      I quite like image, too.

  4. Muza-chan 14 March 2013 1033 #

    Beautiful photos 🙂

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 21 March 2013 0941 #

      Thanks, Muza-chan.

  5. Andrea 14 March 2013 1708 #

    I adore NOLA! One of my best friends went to university there, so I would join her for Mardi Gras…have been outside of Mardi Gras as well and loved it just as much. John and I have been watching Treme and I’m dying to take him there…

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 21 March 2013 0941 #

      I bet New Orleans would be a fun place to study.

  6. InsideJourneys 14 March 2013 1712 #

    It’s been on my list for year, not sure why I haven’t gone. But thanks for reminding me that I should go, Mardi Gras or not.
    Can’t wait to hear about the rest of your adventures.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 21 March 2013 0942 #

      Hope you go soon 🙂

  7. Jackie Smith 14 March 2013 1819 #

    I’ve never been to New Orleans and would love to go one day. I’ll live vicariously through your photos and tales until then.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 21 March 2013 0943 #


  8. New Orleans is a great city! I’ve never taken a paddle steamer on the Missippippi and am looking forward to reading about it. You’re right can’t miss Cafe du Monde but lets talk about how good that muffaleta looks!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 21 March 2013 0943 #

      Definitely yummy – and different – food in New Orleans.

  9. budget jan 14 March 2013 2220 #

    New Orleans is one area that has always fascinated me, but we have not been there yet. Loved your instagram captures.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 21 March 2013 0943 #


  10. Maria Alexandra @Latinabroad 14 March 2013 2329 #

    So colorful! Mardi Gras in New Orleans is definitely on my travel bucket list. Maybe next year?!

    – Maria Alexandra

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 21 March 2013 0944 #

      Mardi Gras would be such fun…

  11. I was in New Orleans last September and the trees still had beads. 🙂 I wish I would have had more time to explore the area, two days simply was not enough time to fit it all in. I really regret not visiting a plantation home.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 21 March 2013 0944 #

      I think some of those trees have beads all year around 🙂

  12. Mary {The World Is A Book} 15 March 2013 0819 #

    These are great Instagram pictures and really captured the city. I last visited New Orleans when I was in high school over 20 years ago and loved it. I’ve longed to return one of these days with the kids and seeing it as an adult . Great to hear it’s family-friendly too.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 21 March 2013 0945 #

      Yes, lots of interesting things to see and do with kids there.

  13. Charli l Wanderlusters 15 March 2013 2315 #

    Wow great instagramming. I want a muffaletta-sandwich …… now!!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 21 March 2013 0945 #

      Thanks 🙂

  14. Nancie 18 March 2013 2356 #

    Nice tour, Sophie. I’ve never been, but one of these days 🙂

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 21 March 2013 0946 #

      Very different city from the rest of the USA, I think.

  15. jill 21 March 2013 0828 #

    I’ve been wanting to go to New Orleans for ages! Your pics remind me that I need to work this place in into my future travel plans.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 21 March 2013 0946 #

      Glad to remind you 🙂

  16. Christian 21 March 2013 0949 #

    Love the composition of that first photo with the flag and the skyline. It drew me in instantly.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 27 March 2013 2118 #

      I quite like that shot too 😉

  17. nicole | the wondernuts 27 March 2013 1649 #

    We’re were there in New Orleans about a week ago (of course had to instagram everything =P)

    We LOVED Cafe du Monde. We figured it was a food trip since the food in NOLA is amazing. We also really liked the parks, like Audobon and the City park. Very pretty. =)

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 27 March 2013 2252 #

      Such great food in New Orleans, isn’t it… (sigh).

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