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Friday, July 14, 2017

Exploring the Big Easy: Part Two

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With the temperature only getting hotter and the sun shining brighter each day, there was a checklist of things to do and see in New Orleans. This would be the last day and a half before we were back to the competition for another event and then off to the airport to head back home. Even though we had walked all over the French Quarter and up to Bourbon street, there are many small side streets with interesting stores that have yet to be explored. 



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We began the first part of our morning waiting in line to enter the aquarium. According to many travel websites, this aquarium is world renown for its different exhibits. From the second you walk into the the aquarium you are floored by the glass passage way where visitors can walk whilst being surrounded by various types of fish including large stingrays. Walking through into the second exhibit replicating the rainforest. When the glass doors open and you walk up the steps, you automatically feel the humidity set in as you are surrounded by huge trees. Large ponds in glass casings allows us to see oversized fish that only seem to exist in films. A small staircase brings us up into a tree house where you can see the entire exhibit from above. Walking down the stone staircase with detailed walls that are covered in vines brought us back to the main floor while capturing the essence of a rainforest. 
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My excitement peaked when we entered the penguin exhibit. I have never been able to get that up close and see their personalities as they jumped into the water and approach us. My inner child came alive when we moved past the penguins and found a fish exhibit that had blue tang fish also known as Dory from Finding Nemo. Myself and all of the children were really excited to see not one but atleast ten fish that looked like Dory. The aquarium also had other fun exhibits such as touching a sting ray, otters, and a large tank filled with different types of sharks. This was a place that was perfect for the whole family and even if you did not have any small children with you, you could find an interesting exhibit. 

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After a few hours at the aquarium we decided to walk along the Mississippi River towards the French Quarter stopping first at a cafe for a bite to eat. The Cafe Beignet has so much charm with the dark pillars, cute light fixtures, and vintage flooring and seating arrangements. Unfortunately I could not eat a beignet due to food allergies, but the people I was with really enjoyed them. Instead, I sat back and took in the live jazz musicians that were playing in the front of the cafe. The rest of the day was spent roaming around New Orleans walking into small clothing boutiques, tourist shops, and anything that grabbed our attention. 


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On our last free day I only had a couple of hours between practices so I was on the hunt for the perfect souvenirs to bring home. I did not want to buy the usual t-shirt or magnet that would have New Orleans written across it. Instead, I wanted something that I could use in my day to day life that would then remind me of these experiences. Due to the extreme heat, we decided to walk by the water in hopes of catching more of a breeze. Following the path by the river, we found ourselves walking towards the French Market. Seeing the different booths filled with mostly hand made artisan products that could not be found anywhere else. For anyone looking to buy souvenirs, it is probably the cheapest option in comparison to those tourist shops that are on the main boulevards. I ended up purchasing two items that came in handy; a fan with an elaborate floral print as well as a beautiful cream and black sun hat. I have always wanted to find a sun hat to wear in the summer, but never found the right one that was not over the top but still had character. I really love the bow detailing as it makes it more feminine and to my taste. The hat was definitely a highlight of the trip and I received many compliments while wearing it. 



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New Orleans really is its own world within the United States. It is unlike any other place that I have visited before. It is a multicultural city that has open arms to everyone who enters it. What I noticed the most was how friendly everyone was. Even walking around, restaurant owners or really anyone walking by would wish us a good morning with a bright smile. You cannot help but feel instantly welcomed in by the community. It is amazing how much you can learn about anyone in the city if you are willing to sit and have a chat. The warm air and bright sunshine emulates the warm welcome and bright smiles of the people of New Orleans. Despite its reputation as a party city (which it certainly holds up to), there was never a moment where I felt uneasy while exploring. Like I said in my previous post, I definitely would recommend this place to anyone who is looking to have a good time, but there is so much more to be offered and can be enjoyed in the Big Easy. 


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18 comments :

  1. I loved my time in New Orleans. In fact, I was there on a work term during Mardi Gras! THanks for sharing your experiences.

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    1. Oh wow, I can't even imagine what the city must have been like during Mardi Gras!

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  2. I visit New Orleans every summer and still haven't seen half of this stuff. Great read!

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    1. You must go see these locations! Thank you

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  3. I'm dying to go to New Orleans, seems like such a cool place! I love seeing penguins up close too, they're so sweet.

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  4. Well written! The place looks wonderful!

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  5. I've never been to New Orleans, but I want to go! Thank you for the cool information. That tunnel at the aquarium is so cool!

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  6. I love New Orleans! The charm. The food. The people. All amazing! I love your hat and it has such a southern look, it is definitely the perfect souvenir! I hope you wear it often! Also, I love penguins too! They are so cute! You should check out the fairy penguins on Phillip Island in Australia (close to Melbourne).

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    1. Oh thank you! I really do love my hat, every time I put it on it just reminds me of New Orleans. Glad you enjoyed the post.

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  7. I have never been to New Orleans but now after reading your post and looking at the pics...it is in my bucket list. Thanks :)

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    1. Thank you for the lovely comment, glad you enjoyed the post!

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  8. Really lovely photos and had so much fun reading about your experiences!

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  9. Your photos are gorgeous- that penguin photo is so cool. I love penguins.

    xx, Michelle

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    1. oh thank you! Glad you enjoyed the post xx

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