A few weeks ago I took a super quick trip down to New Orleans. By super quick, I mean that I was basically there for 2.5 days. My stay was by no means long enough but it’s all I could afford both time and money-wise. Nevertheless, I tried to cram in as much as humanly possible and I think I did a bang-up job. Several trips to Bourbon Street, a visit to the rum distillery and a haunted history tour (probably my fifth one but I still enjoy them) were all in order. Hours were spent looking in the shops on Royal Street, listening & watching street performers, breezing through the French Market, a night stroll by the Mississippi River, walking though Lafayette Cemetery #1, napping and watching the turtles swim in Audubon Park, thrift shopping at Buffalo Exchange, stuffing my face at Deanie’s and Slim Goodies, burning my insides with cherry bombs at Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop, visiting my favorite French Quarter bars (The Dungeon & The Golden Lantern) and rump shaking to Bourbon Street bands playing the likes of Bobby Brown and Montel Jordan. Oh yeah! A little My Prerogative and This is How We Do It, is good for the soul!
Overall, I was amazed to see how budget friendly New Orleans is. It cost me $2.00 to catch the E-12 bus from the airport to the French Quarter. That’s a $33 cab ride. An unlimited day pass to travel around New Orleans on their public streetcar and bus system is $3.00. The rum distillery tour including transportation to and from the French Quarter (with lots of tasty rum sampling!) was $10.00 per person. We scored the haunted history tour for half price so it was about $13.00 each. Eating can be expensive but the portion sizes will easily take you through lunch and dinner. Slim Goodies is always my favorite breakfast spot and that’s very reasonably priced (remember to bring some champagne for mimosas with no corkage fee). Audubon Park and the cemeteries are free to enjoy and just walking around the French Quarter is entertainment enough. So although I spent more than I’d have liked to, it was still more affordable than vacationing elsewhere. Plus, it’s my most favorite place in the whole-wide-world so there’s no putting a price on that.