Things to do in the Bayou


Clearly we centered most of our trip around sampling as much of the diverse New Orleans food as possible. So with our appetite satisfied, it was time to discover things to do in the Bayou… As much as food represents the diverging cultures of New Orleans, music comprises another integral part of what makes this city a mecca for both musicians and fans. tiny travel chick new orleans louis armstrong The birthplace of Louis Armstrong signifies the importance of the city that breathes the sounds of jazz — throughout it’s jazz halls and the surrounding neighborhood streets. iphone 8 case outlet tiny travel chick new orleans music art As we strolled through the different avenues and alleys, we saw signs of music woven into every turn. tiny travel chick new orleans music art on buildings tiny travel chick new orleans murals music Simply walking down the streets of the French Quarter immerses you in street performers, Second Lines, indoor venues that showcase local musicians from the surrounding historical neighborhoods, and block party jazz brass bands…

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Lil People Brass Band/Block Party Esplanade St. ttc
 
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Things to do in the Bayou: A Second Line with the Mardi Gras Indians

As part of our spontaneous discoveries, we were determined to catch a second line somewhere in the city. The Mardi Gras Indians treated us to traditional beats with their tambourines during a peace vigil honoring the life of Alton Sterling. We gathered at the Mural at Frankie and Johnny‚Äôs Furniture Store at 2600 St. Claude Ave. tiny travel chick new orleans mural second line   tiny travel chick new orleans black lives matter march We had deleted our videos we took before I put this blog together, but this is actual video someone took while we walked with the vigil, we were behind the man chanting… iphone 7 case on sales *I promise we were there, that’s our arm in the pic above! Haha! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PoyGs2ZxNGw Along with the musicians, a long standing tradition includes the Baby Dolls of New Orleans. They also joined in the vigil down St. Claude Ave. iphone xr case for sale tiny travel chick new orleans baby dolls New Orleans celebrates countless music traditions, such as Steppers that showcase each groups unique style of combination of dance moves within a Second Line parade. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fw46rZ1UFGw   This mural and the ones above display the different Step Clubs from various neighborhoods. tiny travel chick new orleans mural steppers You can even take lessons while your in New Orleans, fun!  

Things to do in the Bayou: Amazing Bands Nightly

As luck would have it, we found out that Kermit Ruffins was playing one of the nights. https://youtu.be/GyDwYYC8FY8 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKmfeCO6hBI After we had binged watched the complete series of Treme on HBO that cameos many of the musicians who grew up in what is considered the Oldest Black neighborhood in America, we knew we had to take the opportunity to hear him perform at the Blue Nile Night Club. tiny travel chick new orleans blue nile Kermit Ruffins showcased a local musician who serenaded us with her mezmerizing flute.

  We also walked down music-venue-lined Frenchman Street. Yet again, we got lucky catching Ed Wills and Blues 4 $ale… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLX43EylQ5U   …followed by The Jason Neville Band at the Vaso Lounge.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GALGeOO9BGo We had no idea who was playing, and there was no cover charge. What an amazing city!  

Things to do in the Bayou: Audubon Zoo

Audubon Zoo is a fun little adventure, for kids and adults! Our main goal was to find a sloth, but we got there just before the zoo was closing and we just missed him….. iphone xr case for sale tiny travel chick new orleans zoo fountain tiny travel chick new orleans audubon zoo But we enjoyed Comodo Dragons, giraffes, alligators etc. instead! tiny travel chick new orleans comodo dragon tiny travel chick new orleans alligators He found his sloth friend! tiny travel chick new orleans sloth tiny travel chick new orleans buddha zoo Great Buddha statues placed throughout the zoo.   tiny travel chick new orleans trees I fell in love with the grand trees within the Audubon Zoo, covered with swamp grass.

Things to do in the Bayou: Algiers Ferry

So many eye-catching murals of art throughout the city! tiny travel chick new orleans art murals   At the end of Canal St. , we caught the Algiers Ferry, that takes just a few minutes to cross the mighty Mississippi River, to the second oldest neighborhood of New Orleans, known as Algiers Point. tiny travel chick new orleans Ferry-Algiers-New-Orleans   https://youtu.be/zHkvcGD3AeY    

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A wonderful way to view the New Orleans skyline at Sunset.
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Ferry Ride! ttc
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We spent hours roaming the old streets, enjoying glimpses of Southern Living. tiny travel chick new orleans algiers We stopped at the Dry Dock Cafe, to cool off and rest up https://youtu.be/1BrX2WBi4b0 We took a long afternoon walk on the Mississippi Riveriphone xr case for sale tiny travel chick new orleans mississippi tiny travel chick new orleans bridge Mississippi Boat Tours tiny travel chick new orleans paddleboat  

Things to do in the Bayou: French Quarter

We ambled around the French Quarter and took in points of interest such as: Jackson Square   tiny travel chick new orleans jackson square The French Market tiny travel chick new orleans statue tiny travel chick new orleans french market place sign   Simply walking the Streets of New Orleans is an adventure in itself: Bourbon Street known as the Party Street!   tiny travel chick new orleans bourbon street tiny travel chick new orleans police horse tiny travel chick new orleans bike ride Canal Street lined with the classic cable cars tiny travel chick new orleans canal street Intersecting streets of the French Quarter, that we spent hours getting lost in tiny travel chick new orleans french quarter street tiny travel chick new orleans french quarter The famous Mardi Gras parade route on Magazine Street tiny travel chick new orleans historic magazine street tiny travel chick new orleans magazine st sign A stroll on Magazine St. tiny travel chick new orleans beads tiny travel chick new orleans mardi gras beads The Old Homes of New Orleans are Points of Interest in themselves…. tiny travel chick new orleans houses Even though we didn’t go during the traditional tourist attractions of Mardi Gras and The New Orleans Jazz Fest, New Orleans is celebrating something special on any given day….. Ten Other Festivals worth traveling for to New Orleans Check out the Lineup for Jazz Fest 2018! Always some event is happening: Bastille Day July 2016  

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St. John Neighborhood Block Party
tiny travel chick new orleans bastille day Check out Facebook for upcoming 2018 Bastille Day Celebrations in and around New Orleans Or check out The French American Chamber of Commerce for information on Bastille Day 2018   or simply just sit back relax and sip some tea at Cafe Luna tiny travel chick new orleans cafe luna tiny travel chick new orleans tea on porch A special thank you to the people who made us feel so at home in New Orleans…. Thierry, without hesitating offered to give us a ride from the World Cup Party to the Secondline Vigil on St. Claude Ave. New Orleans will forever remain in our hearts as the city that represents so many beautiful and unique cultures that are intersecting together to share an experience like no other….

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