Sunday, January 22, 2012

{Anniversary Trip} New Orleans, the French Quarter.

Saturday morning, we woke up and hit the street headed towards the action - the French Quarter. We couldn't have asked for better weather. It was beautiful, clear skies, 65 degrees. Perfect. We took our time, taking in the sights and spending time with each other.

On our way from the hotel, we spotted this cute little farmer's market in the middle of the city. It was set up in a parking lot and we just had to check it out. A little piece of me fell in love with New Orleans in that moment:
 After checking out the farmer's market, we kept walking towards the French Quarter. I love how in New Orleans, palm trees are the norm. It just feels so coastal and yet the city is so urban. Love.

We strolled around, looking in windows of shops, talking, and scoping out the area. We walked through the French Market:
... and stopped to get pralines. I love them as a New Orleans treat (too sugary for real life) and Jake had never had one! There were praline shops everywhere. This one was in the French Market. We got two originals, which are the light brown/beige ones at the top of the case.
 Then we walked around Jackson Square.

I fell in love with this artist, Laura Franch, who drew these cute little characters. Super silly but so sweet. We ended up getting the one on the bottom right, a crawfish. I'd love to get more of these! If you like them, her email is

 After Jackson Square, we hit Decatur and a more "commercial" area. There was this fabulous mall that had an Anthropologie. Since I'm not one to drive to Germantown much, I never get to gawk there. This, in itself, was a great part of the trip, just dreaming about the goodies.

In Anthro I fell in love with these ceramic berry boxes. I'd love the turquoise and red ones to use as serving pieces in my kitchen or even to put things in on my dressing table like hair bands.
 I love rick rack and several of their tea towels had a rick rack trim. I particularly liked the one with the cutlery. That would be an exclusively decoration-purposed tea towel!
 I also LOVED these ceramic egg crates. They are supposed to be for your eggs in your fridge (I suppose after you get them from your free range backyard urban chickens that are so hip right now?) but I'd use them for necklaces, rings, and such.
 After leaving Anthro, we walked towards our next adventure - lunch!

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