A fitting goodbye to New Orleans

Let’s send off New Orleans from the blog in style, shall we? I’m closing the chapter on NOLA for now, but it shouldn’t be long till I’m back on the city’s streets.

For our last night in NOLA, we went out to Saenger theater to watch “Dancing With the Stars Live”. If any one of you is a fan of the show, comment to tell me your favorite pros and if you’re watching this season!

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The theater was beautifully decorated on the inside, but because of how dimly lit it was, my iPhone camera could not do it justice. I also tried to film the performances -which were nothing short of amazing- but after a few failed shots, it made more sense to retire the camera and enjoy the show.

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The pros went through performances of different dance styles, from traditional and latin ballroom to contemporary. I sat there transfixed, thinking “it’s time to sign up for some dance classes”. I’m especially drawn to the more latin fare; think styles like argentine tango, rumba, and salsa.

In between dances, we watched short personal videos about the pros that ranged from light – jokes about other pros- to deeper videos about the beginning of their careers and the inspiration behind their dancing. We also got to watch Olympic gold medalist Laurie Hernandez recreate some of her performances with Val Chmerkovskiy. Let’s just say, my heart was content.

Although I expected a lot more production on stage, the experience as a whole was amazing. The pros were a thrill to watch and I’d do it all over again if I got the chance.

To round up this series, here’s a list of what you can get up to if you decide to visit!

1.Window shop or buy some art @ Frenchmen Arts Market.

2.Wait in line for beignets @ Café Du Monde. (okay you don’t have to wait if you go early on a weekday) + Combine them with ice-cream from Laura’s Candies.

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3.Listen to or watch stellar talent @ Jackson Square.

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4.Design your own delicious hotdogs @ Dat Dog.

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5. Walk through the art-filled lawns @ Besthoff Sculpture Garden.

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Walk like you own the place, who cares?

6.Explore the French Quarter & its surrounding areas. The buildings, the history, the food. I’d start with this. 

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7.If you like Jazz, spend a night with the band @ The Spotted Cat Music Club.

Have you been to or are you from New Orleans, what would you suggest outside of this list? Leave me a comment to let me know!

As usual,

Thank you for reading!

All photos shot on iPhone 6S+

Postscript: Catch up with previous NOLA posts here, here, here & here 


same footprints, different sands

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