Friday, May 22, 2015

Hello from New Orleans!

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So we packed up a jumped on a plane for New Orleans a couple weeks ago! I have never in my life been here and to see it all for the first time is nothing short of spectacular. 

[ 7 am flights are probably the least glamorous thing... ever]
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We are here for 6 weeks so we rented a little house in one of the older neighbourhoods, just a couple blocks off the Mississippi River. This way we fully settle in and have some sort of routine during our stay as well as getting a full New Orleans experience. 
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All our neighbours have a front porch as well and it has been amazing to see how neighbourly and friendly EVERYONE is here. I honestly keep saying to Sean "it feels like we went back in time 40 or 50 years!". The little girls on the block all love to go catch bugs, everyone has welcomed us with open arms and we even had invitations to come over for dinner after only a day here. The reality is that I know nearly every person on our. whole. block. on a first name basis which is not common back home. It has a lot to do with how close houses are here, but I think that it is also that southern hospitality that people here are raised with.
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I could spend days just admiring the houses here. Our own house, although small, has incredibly tall ceilings (it goes up another foot or so from the picture rail in this shot of Wren squished between the pocket doors LOL). Every room has a fireplace and every door has a transom window over it, and I cannot get enough!
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Some of our neighbours are so creative in their gardening and house paint colours that I have to document it all for future reference! I would love to bring back a little of this flavour somehow in a future project at home.
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Wren in particular has just taken to New Orleans. She has a love of plants and animals and between the gorgeous blooms everywhere and the countless friendly dogs and cats that call our street home she is just in heaven.
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This beachy blue house down the street has stolen my heart!
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But really, every house is special and makes me fall in love.
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We live across the Mississippi from the French Quarter so on the days we want to go into the city we catch a 5 minute ferry ride then take trolley cars where we need to go.

The faded out chairs on the ferry deck just make my heart sing!
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And of course Wren thinks it's amazing!
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You really could get lost just taking in how beautiful everything is down in the French Quarter! From the creole cottages to the townhouses to the taller buildings, everything is dripping in beauty. 
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I have been so busy and excited to get out and explore that I actually haven't even whipped out my Canon at all, just shooting with my iPhone, but I definitely need to make a point of snapping some more of our little neighbourhood and I can't wait to share the rest of our stay in my next post!

Happiest of Fridays guys!

11 comments:

Razmataz said...

I love your photos. It looks amazing and I hope to go one day.

May I ask if you moved for a job or is this a sabbatical of some sort.....curious about how your wonderful adventure came about.

Holly Baker said...

Thank you Raz! I can't quite say what we're working on, but it is a working holiday for us, doing what I do best *wink wink*. I can't wait to share all the details!

Mandy Loescher said...

I live in the city of houma about an hour from new Orleans. I make frequent trips to new Orleans hopefully I get to meet you in person one day!

204 Park said...

These photos are so dreamy - it's been so fun seeing all of your IG snaps- looks like you're having a great time! Xo,D

Razmataz said...

I am excited Holly to see what you are up to.

Heather Muse said...

Ah! So exciting! And so great that you get to "live" there for a while! Must be so fun for Wren! Have a great "holiday" and can't wait to hear why you've been out there :)

Ann + Robert said...

Sounds like a lovely holiday! The houses are all gorgeous. :)

Carrie said...

We moved away from NOLA last summer, but our daughter went to the ISL school in your new neighborhood. Such a unique little corner of our world! Enjoy your stay.

bagfashionista said...

Wren has grown up to be a gorgeous little girl, Holly!

Steph

Anonymous said...

NOLA what a great city. Love your photos. That Ship Island adventure is making headlines-- swimmers and rip currents a sad mix. You have to read a Confederacy of Dunces, a story which takes place in New Orleans. It is a book hard to put down. Please get a photo of you near the statute of the Book's lead character.

Heather Riley said...

What a surprise to know you are in New Orleans. The Point is a lovely neighborhood. I hope you are enjoying your time! I live in New Orleans and love it when I hear that visitors love it as much as us locals!

 
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