Happy Tuesday! I’m so excited to share my graduation trip from last year with you today. I’m so sorry it’s SO SO late, but I’m finally getting back into blogging more that I’ve got my schedule down pat. My dad took me to New Orleans, and it was so fun!

New Orleans Pharmacy Museum:

Since I am a pharmacist, I had a great time visiting the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum. And let me tell you…there were some crazy finds inside. We are talking tinctures of all kinds, cocaine toothache drops, and opium tampons. Even if you’re not a pharmacist, the museum is super cool!

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new orleans pharmacy museum, new orleans, pharmacy, history

new orleans pharmacy museum, new orleans, pharmacy, history

new orleans pharmacy museum, new orleans, pharmacy, history

I really enjoyed seeing the writing from pharmacists back in the day. It was such an amazing experience to see how my profession has evolved over the years.

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Where I Stayed:

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nola, new orleans ritz carlton, ritz carlton, french quarter, new orleans

nola, new orleans ritz carlton, ritz carlton, french quarter, new orleans

nola, new orleans ritz carlton, ritz carlton, french quarter, new orleans

I stayed at the Ritz Carlton in the French Quarter. I highly recommend this hotel for location and superior service. I had stayed at a couple of Ritz Carlton hotels in China, but it’s great to stay at one here in the US. We stayed on the club level which provided daily food offerings throughout the day in the Club Lounge. I ate breakfast in the Lounge each morning and snacks were available throughout the day. The rooms were well-appointed with gorgeous garden decor.

My favorite part of the hotel was the beautiful courtyard! It had pretty statues & lights where I would wind down each evening.

Where I Ate:

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Chophouse: If you know me, you know I live for a good steakhouse. I am SUPER picky about meat, and I will hardly eat it without knowing what I’m getting myself into. After searching for a steakhouse on multiple sites, I chose the Chophouse. It did not disappoint! I recommend the filet mignon & onion rings. Also for appetizer, try the thick cut bacon.

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chophouse new orleans, new orleans, chophouse, steak, steakhouse, asparagus, onion rings

The Rum House: This restaurant calls itself a “caribbean taqueria”. Y’ALL. These tacos were to-die-for! It’s located on Magazine Street, which was a quaint little section of town. I really enjoyed the location. I recommend the Carolina BBQ or the Buffalo Soldier taco.

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rum house nola, new orleans rum house, taqueria, tacos, magazine street

rum house nola, new orleans rum house, taqueria, tacos, magazine street

Where I Shopped:

Another one of my favorites on Magazine Street was Kendra Scott. It was so cute outside and more beautiful inside. Can we say decor goals?! It was gorgeous!

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I think I need to take another trip to NOLA just to shop. I’ve heard good things about the Shops at Canal Place. If you have any recommendations, let me know!

Tips:

Stay in the French Quarter! It’s within walking distance to everything. You will want to walk everywhere, because streets are narrow and parking is scarce.

It gets HOT. I visited in early May and it was so hot y’all. I literally felt like I was walking through an oven when I would step outside. If you have naturally curly hair like me, that’s the way to go! I didn’t plan on straightening my hair and that was the best idea I’ve ever had. You’re so close to the ocean that it’s super humid, so plan accordingly ;)

Visit the St. Louis Cathedral! You can hear music all around Jackson Square, and it immediately transports you into the NOLA culture. Also, be sure to walk across the street to the observation area to photograph the cathedral in its entirety. Cafe du Monde is right next door, so be sure to check it out for yummy beignets.

Have you ever been to New Orleans?

If you like this type of post, be sure to check out all of my travel recaps here.

Thanks for reading! XO,

Rebekah

Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone had a great Memorial Day weekend. Today is exciting, because I’m¬†recapping my graduation trip to New Orleans!

NOLA, new orleans, road trip So for today’s post, I wanted to share the overall trip details. I will mix in a few pictures as I go.¬†My dad came home to visit from China for my pharmacy school graduation, so we decided to take a trip to New Orleans. We drove from Arkansas, and it took around 8 hours.

We stayed in New Orleans for 4 nights which was just about the perfect amount of time to see New Orleans. Note: New Orleans is HOT. Just prepare by packing some extra changes of clothes. Also, if you have naturally curly hair like me…don’t plan on straightening it. ;)

We stayed in the French Quarter, which I highly recommend. This will put you right in the middle of the hustle & bustle of New Orleans. Parking is quite expensive (and can be hard to find), so I would suggest planning on walking most of the time.

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(St. Louis Cathedral, Jackson Square)

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(Horse drawn carriage, Jackson Square)

Getting around seemed pretty simple by using Google Maps. I’m not the best at directions, but my phone really helped me get where I was going. Since we went during the week, it was pretty calm and not too packed. I was told by multiple people though that the weekends get crazy. I have no doubt about that!

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(street signs in the French Quarter)

I loved that everything was so “French”. It truly felt like I was in Europe for most of the time. I loved the one way streets and bright houses/buildings in the French Quarter. I also loved looking at the cool street names like “Dauphine”.

New Orleans is full of history. From the architecture to the music, there is something for everyone in New Orleans. If you follow me on any form of social media, you know I’m pretty obsessed with the weather. I was very interested to drive down through the ninth ward to see where Hurricane Katrina came ashore in 2005. It has been rebuilt for the most part, but I was able to see why the hurricane was so devastating.

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(water tower in the ninth ward)

Also, I’m having a blog relaunch giveaway here. GOOD LUCK!

XO,

Rebekah