We ventured back to New Orleans for a quick weekend trip with some of our close family friends. This was my third visit to the Big Easy, and I’m consistently amazed by how incredible it is. From the people, to the music on every corner, to the vibe that every inch of the city exudes – it is truly a magical place.

The first night we got there, we landed around midnight and Ubered to our hotel. We checked in, and then walked the short distance over to Bourbon Street, where we got to meet up with my cousin and his girlfriend. We roamed Bourbon, drank too much and completed the night with beignets at Cafe Du Monde before crashing around 4am.

The next couple of days were spent showing my friends around the city. We grabbed brunch, hit up Jackson Square, walked along the Mississippi River, caught some live music and Big Ass Beers back on Bourbon, and enjoyed the nightlife on Frenchman Street. We wound up racing ourselves back to our hotel in the rain – which was borderline magical.

Sunday, we explored the Lafayette Cemetery and Magazine street – and then our families met us (yay!) and we got to enjoy a great dinner at Emeril’s restaurant, followed by an incredible performance by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band (seriously, you have to see them at least once in your life.)

On Monday, we ventured over to the Oak Alley Plantation where we were able to take in some history and enjoy an actual beautiful day, before I headed to the airport. m

It’s funny. New Orleans is one of the places where I’m always, always sad to leave. Have any of you been? Are you as in love with it as I am?