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True fact: my recent trip to New Orleans was the first I eschewed my traditional camera in favor of taking photos exclusively with my iPhone. I didn’t plan for this; I did pack my camera. But I recently upgraded to iPhone about a month ago, and I’ll be goddamned if iPhone isn’t easier and doesn’t take better pictures than my apparently outdated Canon point-and-shoot.

Of course, more iPhone photos = more Instagrams. And as for you New Orleans, I’d just like to say: you’re so darn pretty.

Vestiges Project

One thing I’ve become more aware of in my travels is public art. I passed this window display, entitled “Vestiges,” dedicated to the memories of things lost after Katrina.

Warehouse District New Orleans

I spent the first half of my trip meandering around the Warehouse District, which has a very different feel aesthetically than anything you’d expect from New Orleans.

Flowers

Like any true Southern city, flowers could be found everywhere.

St. Louis Square

It’s hard to be sad in New Orleans, when the sounds of a new brass band await around every corner.

Voodoo museum

A trip to the New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum is the perfect way to spend a rainy day, especially if you strike out on both a ghost tour and visiting St. Louis #1. Or if you need to stock up on voodoo dolls; I’m sure they are more legit than the ones in the souvenir stores. (That said, NO ONE GET ON MY BAD SIDE IN THE NEAR FUTURE. Muahhaha.)

New Orleans galleries

I may or may not have spent an exorbitant amount of time pointing out each home or storefront in the French Quarter as the “most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen,” maybe to the exasperation of my traveling companion.

Street music at the French Quarter Festival

Infectious, infectious, infectious; the energy in this soulful city.

Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns at the Little Gem Saloon

If you need a break from street music and feel like time traveling a little bit, search out jazz band Meschiya Lake and the Little Big Horns (at Little Gem Saloon, among other venues). Her voice is from another decade, and her band is the perfect nightcap to a whirlwind New Orleans week.

You can thank me in the comments for not Instagramming my food. I think I’ve tortured you enough.

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