When I mention visiting New Orleans to people, many respond that they haven’t been back since Hurricane Katrina. Well, it’s been ten years and the city is back – and probably surpassing its earlier vibrancy. The city still has a trashy, sticky all-night party street called Bourbon but unless you are heading to… [Read More]
All of a sudden my iPhone and Nikon seemed very out of place as I stepped into the Bourbon Orleans Hotel, as part of the New Orleans Hotel Collection, and found myself surrounded by guests donning attire from the 1800s. Intricate dresses with delicate beading and rich silk were drapped across elegant ladies whose hands rested… [Read More]
Jules Mazarin was a French-Italian cardinal, diplomat and politician in the 1600s who was a noted collector of fine art and exquisite jewels. Mazarin had a particular love of diamonds, which he bequeathed the “Mazarin diamonds” for Louis XIV. With his name now synonymous with luxury and appreciation of the finer things in life,… [Read More]
The excitement of Bourbon Street is starting to pick up pace as the streets fill with revelers in search of a good time. As intertwined couples walk distractedly down the sidewalks, twenty-somethings stroll past carrying their “Huge Ass Beers” and floating from bar to bar. New Orleans’ French Quarter is coming to life and… [Read More]
My first two days in New Orleans has been a blur that tastes like powdered sugar, sounds like jazz, looks like a splash of pastel colors and feels like on-going revelry. With only a short amount of time to eat my fill of Caribbean inspired Creole food, soak up as much live music as I can and revel in the beauty of the French Quarter, I know that New Orleans is a city that will always leave me wanting more.