It's been a couple weeks now and I'm very much behind on my posts, but here is a recap of our trip to Morgan City and New Orleans, Louisiana. It was both Brian's and I first time to this hot, humid southern state so we didn't know quite what to expect. One of our first stops in New Orleans was Magazine Street, where we had some brunch and then walked around for some window shopping. They had a lot of great stores with antiques and other vintage items.
And the local Alligator Museum.
My friend's wedding was about an hour or so away from New Orleans in Franklin, Louisiana. We stayed in the neighboring town of Morgan City, where we were lucky enough to catch their one big event of the year: The Shrimp and Petroleum Festival. It was a cute small town festival, located under a freeway. There were some unique and home-made items for sale...
like a logging truck...
and alligator heads...
and instead of stuffed-animal prizes, you could win live bunnies. It does seem a little irresponsible to be giving away live animals as prizes, especially to kids who might be unprepared to take care of them (that might be why the local park nearby has some "wild" bunnies on the loose).
And my friend's wedding was in the backyard of a family home, and it was gorgeous! A dreamy wedding out near the bayou.
The next day we went on a plantation tour at Oak Alley Plantation, one of the many plantations that line the banks of the Mississippi River. This particular plantation was named after the row of twenty-eight, 300-year-old oak trees planted out front.
And we ended our trip back in New Orleans where we wandered around the French Quarter. Bourbon Street with all their strip clubs and public drunkenness was a little less appealing, but the rest of the French Quarter, especially Royal Street with their shops and characteristic architecture, were great places to browse.
And we also caught a very intimate performance by a New Orleans Jazz group at Preservation Hall. If you ever have a chance, I would say this performance is a must-see in New Orleans.