OUR DEEP SOUTH ROAD TRIP: NEW ORLEANS

I've been desperate to visit the American South since I read, and then watched, Gone With the Wind, that gorgeously Hollywood-ised view of the Antebellum era. At the time, as a 10 year old kid growing up in Australia, I was far more interested in the hoop skirts and Rhett Butler than what was really going on beneath the cartoonish portrayals of Mammy, Prissy and Pork. Then I saw Fried Green Tomatoes, and studied African-American history at uni, moved to America and watched 12 Years A Slave, Django Unchained and, well, the news. I found myself wanting to visit the South for different reasons to when I was 10 (but I still do love Rhett Butler). So, when Michael's contract ended and I found myself without a crazy amount of deadlines, we decided to up sticks and do it the old-fashioned way: on the road. We left the ladies (that would be Mama, Pinky and Maisy) in LA with housesitters, booked a flight into New Orleans and out of Savannah, and put together a vague plan a few days before we headed off. The lovely people at GM - who I went to Nashville with a few months back - lent us a fancypants pick-up truck with built-in wi-fi that made Instagramming on the go a breeze (if you want to check out those pics, search for #cremeroadtrip) and helped us fit right in with the locals. Our first stop was New Orleans... 

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New Orleans travel guide | cremelifestyle.com
New Orleans travel guide | cremelifestyle.com

It was chilly and beautiful and made me ever-so-slightly tense (I'm only used to my own public drunkenness, not every second person wandering the streets. At 10am.)

We were relieved to find that the Airbnb apartment we booked was gorgeous: one section of an old mansion on The Esplanade, which divides the French Quarter (the tourist hub) and Marigny Fauborg (a cool, creative enclave).  

We listened to music, everywhere...

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We admired the Christmas lights...

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New Orleans travel guide | cremelifestyle.com

We stood against some buildings...

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New Orleans travel guide | cremelifestyle.com

We took blurry photos out of the great streetcar that took us through the Garden District...

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We ate... 

The best charbroiled oysters, at Felix

Average food, but enjoyed the very-vintage atmosphere at Cafe Napoleon

Three times, at Horn's, a great neighbourhood spot with amazing crawfish etoufee and biscuits

Waffles, at Clover Grill, the cutest diner with the funniest servers

Beignets at Cafe Beignet (actually, I only had a bite because they were SO sweet!)

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New Orleans travel guide | cremelifestyle.com
New Orleans travel guide | cremelifestyle.com
New Orleans travel guide | cremelifestyle.com
New Orleans travel guide | cremelifestyle.com
New Orleans travel guide | cremelifestyle.com

We (okay, I) shopped for vintage at Bambi de Ville's...

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We saw a wedding processional in the French Quarter!

We kissed on the shores of the Mississippi...

We listened to jazz in a bar on Frenchman's Street...

We drove an hour out of town to see Oak Alley, a beautiful plantation with an awfully sad history. The reconstructed slave quarters and exhibit made me cry. 

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New Orleans travel guide | cremelifestyle.com

We tried to take a self-timed shot under the 100-year-old oak trees...

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And, in general, had a ball. Next stop: Breaux Bridge, Louisiana!