This past week, I was in New Orleans, Louisiana, for an academic conference. It was my first time to the state, so I was excited to check another one off the list and explore New Orleans. We had absolutely gorgeous weather that started off a bit chilly (especially for New Orleans standards) and ended up with temperatures that would be spring-like for the northern states of the U.S.! I leapt at the chance to bare my legs, since back home that won't be happening for a couple of months at least!
Sadly, I did not get to explore as much as I had hoped. There were a bunch of places I wanted to go but didn't due to time and being exhausted after spending time at the conference and evening receptions. I did, however, make a point to go on a bike tour for one afternoon. The majority of these photos were from that ride since it was really the only sightseeing I got to do. I booked a tour through Buzz Nola and had a fabulous time! It was difficult for me to pick a tour, but I opted to go in the afternoon and there was only one option available: the Complete Crescent tour. If I ever make it back I definitely want to go on one of the other tours (Garden/Quarter Combo or Southern Splendor) because I would love to see the Garden District. I highly recommend a bike tour if you're ever in the area!
"Scrap House" by Sally Heller, Mississippi River Heritage Park
Bienville Place with statue of Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne, founder of New Orleans
Mississippi River (It was at flood stage at the time, but the levee is high enough to handle that!)
Jackson Square and St. Louis Cathedral
Traditional New Orleans architecture: galleries (balconies with supporting columns)
Place de France with statue of Joan of Arc, a gift from France
Dufour-Baldwin House with Greek Revival architecture
House on Esplanade leaning due to being built on "Mississippi mud"
Gingerbread architectural style on Esplanade
St. Louis Cemetery
Sculpture Garden in City Park