new orleans has definitely been on the top of my list. to me, i always got the impression that nola is one of those few places in the united states that really has a unique culture all its own that is non comparable to any other city. i also considered boston, but opted out because of the winter weather--this southern california girl cannot handle the cold! like i said earlier, i was originally going to go by myself, but my dad really wanted to go. even though i was not alone, i planned this trip on my own. i booked the flights/hostel and put together the itinerary.
leaving LA during sunrise.
i left really early in the morning (4 o'clock) and got there about 1:30 in the afternoon. the first day was cold, 40 degrees fahrenheit, and cloudy but it was not miserable. it eventually started to rain during the night. the first destination was city park. here they have thousands of oaks with moss growing on them. the west coast girl in me mistaken them as weeping willows. this park was so beautiful and unlike anything i had ever seen.
i then went to storyland, a children's playground. it may not sound fun for the average 22 year old, but i really wanted to go. here they have sculptures that illustrate different fairytales and nursery rhymes. if i am not mistaken they are made my mardi gras float designers. i wish i could have visited this as a kid, but i still had fun.
next, i walked around the park and went through the sculpture garden. most of the time i am not very drawn to sculpture gardens, but i would say this one beats the one in DC.
fancy oaks wearing necklaces
this was creepy. the body would just blow in the wind.
beignets and cafe au lait.
i then made my way to the hostel, nola jazz house in mid city new orleans. it was a nice place. i am not complaining, but i feel i was spoiled by my other trips. the HI downtown san francisco hostel and the philadelphia house were so great in there different ways. i think a lot of my disappointment has to do with the lay-out the building. it is just impractical that is really not meant for a hostel.
the private room
now for a song!i thought for this series i would choose a set of jazzy/bluesy songs. for today, i am sticking with an og nola jazz artist. louis armstrong and ella fitzgerald with "love is here to stay."