The first thing I think of when I think of New Orleans is Bourbon Street. It’s the one place I associate with the Big Easy, because there’s just so much happening there at all times. So naturally, visiting the famed street is one of Topdeck’s #Ultimate49 bucket list experiences!
New Orleans is full of culture and there’s a lot going on there. From the food to the music to the people, there’s always something interesting to check out. And that’s why I always suggest a good wander around Bourbon Street.
There’s always a party going on there, making it the perfect place for a celebration with good friends. In fact, most of the bars don’t ever close! I saw people on their bachelor/bachelorette parties all wearing matching shirts, with Hand Grenades* in hand. I saw girls wearing birthday crowns and sashes. But perhaps one of the best celebrations that I had the chance to witness was a true New Orleans wedding tradition. All of a sudden I heard a huge brass band playing and then I saw them leading a whole bridal party down the road. It’s called a Second Line and it is really something to watch (especially from a Bourbon Street balcony, which is where I caught a glimpse).
*If you’re wondering what a Hand Grenade is, it’s a deadly drink you have to taste while in New Orleans. In fact, there are two famous drinks you can purchase on Bourbon Street. The Hand Grenade is served at the Tropical Isle bars and it’s apparently deadly because of how sweet it is. The other drink is a Hurricane, which you can snag at Pat O’Briens. I had one and man, was it strong!
Another thing that can’t be missed on Bourbon Street is some good ole Cajun and Creole food. You could go to New Orleans just for the food and not have a chance to taste all of the deliciousness. There’s gumbo, jambalaya, muffuletta, beignets, po’ boys, pralines, red beans and rice, oysters and more (the list could go on and on, but I’m getting hungry just thinking about it all).
Taylor Fuller is a travel blogger who has been exploring the world non-stop for the past three and a half years. Her blog, Travel Colorfully focuses on finding the bright and beautiful places in the world while enjoying experiences with locals. She is drawn to colourful places and believes that a little bit of colour adds a whole lot of character to things!
Her travels have brought her around the world and she has gone on adventures all over Southeast Asia, Europe, Central America and the USA. She has lived in the USA, Italy, France, and Thailand, and will be calling London home in 2018. You can follow her adventures on Instagram @taylor_fuller.