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New Orleans 2015: Mardi Gras, Seafood, Jazz and Architecture

I like to travel, its my favourite thing in the world, and I feel that I take some of my best pictures out and about shooting new things and meeting new people so I was super pumped to go to NOLA during Mardi Gras to see what up. I planned this trip as a 30th birthday prezzy for my wife Amber as I tried to repay the favour of her planning my 30th birthday trip last year to San Fran and LA and Palm Springs (side note: her trip planning is incredible and it was probably my fav trip of life, driving along the coast is one of my favourite memories EVER). We planned it out so that we would stay the weekend of Mardi Gras and then extend the trip 3 days after to explore the city when its a bit quieter.

To say that it is a busy city during Mardi Gras is an understatement, it is wild, and this was taking into consideration that it was unseasonably cold, somewhere around 3 degrees Celsius, which meant bundling up with all the layers we brought. We did the Mardi Gras thing but more just to say we were there and saw it - we are not huge partiers - we are more interested in exploring the city. We took in alot of sightseeing, ate a lot of food and were encountered with musicians playing either jazz, blues or soul on virtually every corner. Oh, and southern hospitality is really a thing, most everybody was eager to say good morning to you walking down the street. It's a city steeped in American history and it is currently re-writing itself after Hurricane Katrina, you can still see a lot of abandoned houses boarded up and the sidewalks are in desperate need of repair, but in-spite of it all the city still has its charm and is definitely a destination worth visiting. 

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Armstrong park, located on the outskirts of the French Quarter it is named after legendary artist Louis Armstrong, a native of New Orleans. 

Armstrong park, located on the outskirts of the French Quarter it is named after legendary artist Louis Armstrong, a native of New Orleans. 

Po' boys for lunch Po' boys for dinner. Everywhere you go in NOLA you can find someones version of this deliciously simple sandwich, its a NOLA staple. 

Po' boys for lunch Po' boys for dinner. Everywhere you go in NOLA you can find someones version of this deliciously simple sandwich, its a NOLA staple. 

The Architecture is really beautiful, as alot of these buildings are really really old, they have an incredible amount of charm and charisma 

The Architecture is really beautiful, as alot of these buildings are really really old, they have an incredible amount of charm and charisma 

The residents of NOLA enjoy using colour on exterior paint jobs, it seems every house is painted some vibrant mixture of complimentary colours. 

The residents of NOLA enjoy using colour on exterior paint jobs, it seems every house is painted some vibrant mixture of complimentary colours. 

Exodus Goods, located in the French quarter is the go-to fashion spot for the locals. It also helps that Solange is a regular here. 

Exodus Goods, located in the French quarter is the go-to fashion spot for the locals. It also helps that Solange is a regular here. 

The sales assistant at Exodus Goods is on point.

The sales assistant at Exodus Goods is on point.

Sculptor Woodrow Nash created these sculptures of children at the time of their emancipation from slavery. These children provided some of the best first hand accounts of what slavery was like.

Sculptor Woodrow Nash created these sculptures of children at the time of their emancipation from slavery. These children provided some of the best first hand accounts of what slavery was like.

Our guide at the Whitney plantation, Dr Ibrahima Seck, points out where the slave shacks were once located. Not to many originals shacks still exist due to demolition or Hurricanes passing though the area.  If you go to a plantation while in NOLA I suggest the Whitney plantation as it is the only one dedicated to the story from a slaves perspective and does not hold back on the atrocities committed to them. 

Our guide at the Whitney plantation, Dr Ibrahima Seck, points out where the slave shacks were once located. Not to many originals shacks still exist due to demolition or Hurricanes passing though the area.  If you go to a plantation while in NOLA I suggest the Whitney plantation as it is the only one dedicated to the story from a slaves perspective and does not hold back on the atrocities committed to them. 

The view of Oak Alley plantation. A beautiful property with a disgraceful history. The plantation tour only serves to prop up the plantations owners with little mention of the men and women who were slaves there. The Oak trees are beautiful tho

The view of Oak Alley plantation. A beautiful property with a disgraceful history. The plantation tour only serves to prop up the plantations owners with little mention of the men and women who were slaves there. The Oak trees are beautiful tho

Another pretty view of the Oak trees from the Plantation house. 

Another pretty view of the Oak trees from the Plantation house. 

Southern Belle's on the tour at Oak Alley

Southern Belle's on the tour at Oak Alley

Bald Cyprus Trees in hibernation on a swamp tour. These trees are very resilient, I was told when Katerina came through they were toppled over but then just bounced right back up. 

Bald Cyprus Trees in hibernation on a swamp tour. These trees are very resilient, I was told when Katerina came through they were toppled over but then just bounced right back up. 

One of the many abandoned buildings in NOLA

One of the many abandoned buildings in NOLA

For you trivia nerds out there this house was used in Season 3 of this Horror TV series. Hint: the season is about witches.

For you trivia nerds out there this house was used in Season 3 of this Horror TV series. Hint: the season is about witches.

A typical house in NOLA

A typical house in NOLA

Another abandoned house has grown some hair on its roof.

Another abandoned house has grown some hair on its roof.

The man in the corner was wrapping up a night of parting at Mardi Gras

The man in the corner was wrapping up a night of parting at Mardi Gras

A local musician takes in a pint on Frenchman street.

A local musician takes in a pint on Frenchman street.

A local artisan at the Frenchman Art market. A really vibrant part of the city, and a lot less crowded then the nearby French quarter

A local artisan at the Frenchman Art market. A really vibrant part of the city, and a lot less crowded then the nearby French quarter

Amber peers down at the train tracks below.

Amber peers down at the train tracks below.

A local musician doin his thang on the Esplanade 

A local musician doin his thang on the Esplanade 

A cool looking bridge in Bridgewater

A cool looking bridge in Bridgewater

A city scape of the French Quarter, the architecture and colours are beautiful

A city scape of the French Quarter, the architecture and colours are beautiful

!00% down with the use of pink on their buildings

!00% down with the use of pink on their buildings

Hey its that street musician again

Hey its that street musician again

Walked into this bar while the band was playing the National anthem, the crowd lost it. Murica'!

Walked into this bar while the band was playing the National anthem, the crowd lost it. Murica'!

Even their philosophers get down with Mardi Gras

Even their philosophers get down with Mardi Gras

This guy - just because

This guy - just because

When your buildings are this bright how can you not party all the time

When your buildings are this bright how can you not party all the time

From one party to the next, lots of costumes and dress up, its like having Halloween 2 times a year. 

From one party to the next, lots of costumes and dress up, its like having Halloween 2 times a year. 

I love the perspectives of small building to large building. If I am not mistaken the big building in the background is the tallest in New Orleans 

I love the perspectives of small building to large building. If I am not mistaken the big building in the background is the tallest in New Orleans 

Street Ramblin band entertain a crowd

Street Ramblin band entertain a crowd

Colour is everywhere

Colour is everywhere

You see, I told you. 

You see, I told you.