NOLA: Part One

NOLA: Part One

Jackson Square
  1. Get Coffee
  2. Go to a museum
  3. Go to a park
  4. Find a local library
  5. Dance Party

These are the 5 things I try to do on every trip I take!  I don’t always get to it, and sometimes my dance party is bouncing around with my friend’s baby in her living room (just as fun!) but I keep these goals in mind when I’m planning a trip.

So here is my attempt to get through my check list in New Orleans!

First, the coffee!


It was blazing hot at 10 in the morning in NOLA so it makes sense that their iced coffee game is on point! My favorite iced coffee was at District Doughnuts in the Lower Garden District. The baked goods were out of control too.


We also spent some time at French Truck Coffee on Chartres Street in the French Quarter.  They have other locations in the city and Memphis.  The coffee was really good, and we split an out of this world almond croissant.  Loved finding a quiet place to read and relax in the French Quarter!

We  filled up on regular coffee at The Grill in the French Quarter.  This is THE place to go, especially after a night out!  The omelettes are enormous and can keep you full till dinner.  Just make sure you know what you want right away, waiters are not fans on indecisive people!

Oh, and Cafe Du Monde’s iced chicory coffee is a must!!  (While getting at least two orders of beignets obviously!)

Next, museums!

We went to two different museums.  The first was the Historic New Orleans Collection in the French Quarter.  I like this one because it is free!  I didn’t take any picture though, I think it was because the docents there are VERY helpful and if they saw me slow down and look at something they would come over. Which is nice!  I know!  But I was in the “quick browsing” mood.  So, its very nice.  Nice people work there, really interesting stuff about the history on NOLA and it has a great gift shop.

I did get my camera out at the New Orleans Museum of Art 


The museum is located at the edge of NOLA’s City Park, which would be really fun to explore, I think, if it weren’t over 100 degrees outside.  There is also a free sculpture garden outside of the museum that we will have to check out the next time we are there. Admission to the museum was 12 dollars.

Here was a piece that was especially inspiring!


This is quilted!  Amazing!

Tomorrow I will get into the rest of my check list!