Jenn is your typical South Florida gal. She spends her days at her desk, writing at TheRebelChick.com and socializing on Twitter, and on Instagram, longing to get outside and enjoy the Florida sunshine. When traveling, Jenn loves wearing her Ruby in any print – they’re all fabulous!
I have always been a travel enthusiast, but my job as a blogger has opened up so many new opportunities to travel that sometimes I have to pinch myself to make sure that I haven’t dreamt myself into a fabulous new destination! I was recently in New Orleans visiting the set of a new movie, and for once, packing was easy! New Orleans shares the same hot and humid climate that I am used to here in Miami, so deciding how to spend a day in New Orleans was rather simple. And fun!
While my visit on the set of Nicholas Spark’s movie The Best of Me is still a little hush hush, my trip was so much fun that I have a ton to share with you! You see, I had an entire day all to myself to wander around as I pleased, and I chose to spend that time in the French Quarter.
The French Quarter is really the heart of New Orleans, and there are so many fantastic historical landmarks there, trendy boutiques, famous bars and lounges, and of course, more Cajun cookin’ than you can shake a stick at!
Have Dress Will Travel: A Day In New Orleans
Enjoy a Cafe Au Lait and Beignets at Cafe du Monde If you do nothing else in New Orleans, you must visit Cafe du Monde. It’s world-famous for their delicious beignets, and while their regular Cafe Au Lait is delicious, I recommend also grabbing a frozen Cafe Au Lait on your way out. You won’t regret it once you step outside in that bright Louisiana sunshine!
Those beignets are so light and fluffy, and the powdered sugar is like icing on the cake: while it’s certainly not necessary, it makes them just that much more delicious! Take an Old Fashioned Buggy Ride For a mere $18, you can take a guided tour through the French Quarter via a horse and buggy! Believe me, it is totally worth the price of admission. I recommend catching a ride with Howard, or as he refers to himself, “The Black Elvis.” He is a New Orleans native and knows so much about the history of New Orleans and the French Quarter!
It is a really fun experience and very informative too. Howard pointed out all of the best shops to hit and the best bars and restaurants to spend the evening in as well as giving us the history of the buildings and the historical importance of different landmarks. Wander the Streets of the French Quarter While the French Quarter is most well known for the food and entertainment that you will find there, it’s also just a lovely place to wander! I began my stroll at Jackson Square and walked almost the entire length – considering that it’s 9 by 12 blocks, it should come as no surprise that it took me two hours!
While Bourbon Street is where the most action is, I found myself mesmerized by the homes, the buildings, even the flowers and decor along the homes towards the outer edges of the French Quarter. If you love classic architecture, you should bring along your camera, as you aren’t likely to see homes like these very often! Let the Street Performers Entertain You All along Bourbon Street, you’ll find street performers. Whether it’s an artist painting the iconic Bourbon Street scene, a tap dancing tapping away for spare change, or a full band playing in the middle of the street, there’s always something going on – and that’s just in the middle of the day!
Visit Jackson Square Jackson Square is the heart of the French Quarter in New Orleans and not to be missed! When I visited, there were fortune tellers, artists selling their original pieces as well as buggy rides on the far side of the gardens.
I could easily spend a day wandering through the French Quarter in New Orleans…but only if I were wearing one of my favorite Karina Dresses! It is so hot and humid in New Orleans, no matter what you plan on doing on your day in New Orleans, make sure that you’re comfortably dressed in fabrics that breathe! I love the Ruby by Karina Dresses for everyday wear as well as travel, as I know that I will be comfortable no matter what I am doing…even if it’s hanging out on the lawn of a movie set or running around New Orleans, stuffing my face with beignets!