New Orleans, Atlanta, and More!
New Orleans has long been a destination I wanted to visit. I have heard beautiful things about the warm weather, the French influenced architecture, the cajun and creole flavored seafood, and people’s enthusiasm for Jazz in the South. On our way back to New York from Florida, we decided to make a stop in New Orleans for a few days to see if this city that I have always wanted to visit is really as interesting as it sounds.
In New Orleans, we were mostly sightseeing in the French Quarter and on Magazine Street. The Frenchman Art Market had a lot of local artists selling paintings and other art crafts. I would like to point out how food is so accessible and ubiquitous in New Orleans – even in an art market like this, they were selling cajun seafood!
A main attraction in the French Quarter is Jackson Square, designed after Place des Vosges of Paris as a city square and erected a statue to commemorate Andrew Jackson, the Battle of New Orleans hero and the 7th president of the United States. Standing next to the square is St. Louis Cathedral. Completed in 1794, St. Louis Cathedral is the oldest cathedral in the U.S.
A stop at Cafe Du Monde to enjoy some ice coffee was a good idea as we were sweltering from the hot and humid weather (not as bad as Florida though.) We were lucky to have the piping-hot and scrumptious French beignets too!
In the evening, we had a big feast at two-story restaurant Cornet. We dined on the balcony while bird-eye viewing over Bourbon Street (well, almost). Dusk has casted over, but nightlife on Bourbon Street has just commenced.
The dinner was really delicious. I have to point out that the Fried Oyster Platter and the Jubilee Shrimp were both flavorful yet not too heavy. The fried oyster only has a thin layer of crust which is what we liked. No wonder New Orleans has always been regarded as the paradise for foodies. I think any restaurants here can make delicious food because they have got the freshest ingredients and the most traditional cajun and creole flavors.
The next day, we came to the last stop of our trip – Atlanta. Our quick visit in Atlanta included seeing the CNN Headquarter, the World of Coca Cola, and the Stone Mountain State Park. We took an inspiring tour in the CNN Headquarter. Why was it inspiring? Because I have always wanted to be a journalist, but now I am working my way beyond that, to incorporate fashion and journalism!
And that concludes my trip to New Orleans and Atlanta! It was a precious chance to be able to travel with my family since we often don’t have time for each other, and this time, I cherished every moment of it. I will miss the time listening to my dad teaching us valuable lessons he has learned in his lifetime. He made me realize that you can learn and improve simply by talking and listening to people. My dad, as a sensitive person to everything he sees, taught me to be keen to things I encounter and question beyond what’s seen rather than simply accepting what’s given for granted. Mom, though relentless bugged us on things she picks on, taught me work more diligently in a thorough manner, never missing a piece of information. We have together formed an invincible team perfect for any road trips! Oh, and my brother too, he took street style photos for me, so credits to him!