I missed posting last week due to living in the travel moment while in Austin and New Orleans which while doing work is important not living in the moment leads to regrets so responsibilities be damned ;). The grand purpose of my most recent trip (i.e. the one I am flying home from now) was to catch up with some friends from New Zealand and go to the French Quarter Festival 2017 in New Orleans.
My friends and I showed up to New Orleans late in the evening on Thursday tired from a long drive from Austin and an even longer night prior. Austin was a 3 day blur of friends, tacos, booze, and sightseeing. By the time we got to NOLA we were ready for a sleep so we could be ready for the next few days of sun, music, and more booze (Seriously so much booze!!, it felt like a classier spring break!). We woke up early on Friday to go to see some of the nearby Plantations before returning our rental car back at the airport and starting the festival enjoyment with our first stop being a Frozen Daiquiri shop in a short detour on our Uber ride back to our Airbnb.After our Plantation detour the next 2 days were filled with music and exploring the French Quarter. Anywhere you walked through the area you could hear a band playing some fantastic music. Being in a place that takes pride in the arts and music especially in these weird times was such a fantastic reminder of how important arts and expression are to the vibrancy of a community. Having the entire event be free to the public also helps allow the city’s residents of all income classes come together and enjoy the musical history of this fantastically diverse and energetic. If you decide to come to NOLA for the festival and have never been before definitely come a few days before to explore so you can fully take advantage of the music and know your way around. We felt like we missed watching as many bands as we would have liked as we were trying to explore the area as well. Coming in a bit earlier would have allowed us to do both things more thoroughly. While New Orleans is so much more than the French Quarter we ended up spending most of our time in it due to where we were staying and the location of the Festival.Our entire time in New Orleans felt like we were in such a mix of so many different places I’ve been yet like none of them at all. Due to the fact you can drink on the streets in New Orleans it automatically feels like you are somewhere in Europe, the architecture of the French Quarter reminded me of the colonial buildings in Cuba, the energy is all its own though.