Tramping Around The 504 (New Orleans)

Hey Cuties,

I’m fresh off an amazing five days in New Orleans and still sorting through over a thousand pictures. Three days of Essence Festival that was so freaking major. It was so much going on I didn’t even do half of the activities and still had a ball. I posted tons of pictures and videos on IG and Snap as promised. Even with all of that I still have so much to share.  I’m going to do a five party harmony, five party harmony.

Part 1: Tramping  Around New Orleans  Part 2: Essence Festival Recap: Actors Edition 
Part 3: New Orleans #FatSnacks  Part 4: Essence Festival Recap: Music Edition  Part 5: New Orleans Music & Culture

Some people dream of exotic islands for their dream vacation. For the past 11 years New Orleans has been that place for Babe and I. We’ve watched all of the Katrina Documentaries and loved the show Treme. We used to do couples trips as a way to recharge our relationship and ourselves.  After having baby #2 {now 4 years old} we put our couple trips on hold. Last year we did a couples trip for the weekend and had a great time. This year we turned it up a bit more, we did another couples ski trip with five other couples. Last month the two of us went to Philly for the day and last week we left for New Orleans for FIVE DAYS!

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Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve

Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve is a really cute little historical park. You almost miss it when you walk by because it has a small entry way among-st a row of store fronts. It is a cute a cozy little space with really cool greenery. Do you see how big these leaves are?

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Photo Credit: Reau’s Photography aka Babe – Jackson Square

Because we were such big fans of the show Treme we were familiar some popular areas and landmarks. Jackson Square was one of them, according to wikipedia Jackson Square is a historic park in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1960, for its central role in the city’s history, and as the site where in 1803 Louisiana was made United States territory pursuant to the Louisiana Purchase.  The St. Louis Cathedral is the perfect backdrop for my photo-op. I look like a total tourist.

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Photo Credit: Reau’s Photography aka Babe – Bourbon Street

Bourbon Street (French: Rue Bourbon) is a street in the middle of New Orleans’ oldest neighborhood, in the French Quarter. It is about 13 blocks and runs from Canal Street to Esplanade Avenue. It is known for its night life. Aka a tourist trap, they have a variety of clubs and street entertainment. You can easily run into celebs on Bourbon Street, especially while Essence Festival is going on.  Babe got a really dope shot of me, that color is popping.

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Babe & I

Because we love cute landscaping and iron gates. The extreme humidity kept out skin looking all dewy and glowy and what not.

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Photo Credit: Reau’s Photography aka Babe

I need to go ahead and put Babe on the payroll. He has such a great eye and I took full advantage. We wanted to capture the essence of New Orleans and the look and style of their homes.  Growing up in the Bronx it gave me a great appreciation for a stoop. New Orleans had so many natural backdrops.

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Photo Credit: Reau’s Photography aka Babe

See what I mean, we were just walking and came upon this empty lot. One might consider it an eye sore but it makes for dope photography.  I freaking love the columns, I want some of these in my next home. I told you he does dope work.

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Photo Credit: Reau’s Photography aka Babe

See what I mean, he made me look 10 feet tall. They’re levels to this thang, so much so I had to get in on the action. The wind was totally blowing the bottom of my dress and I was here for it, in this picture at least.  It totally Marilyn Monroe’d me a time or two.  I went for a comfy cute look the entire time; we did a lot of walking. No seriously I should have worn a pedometer, but it didn’t go with my outfit.

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Gator’s Got’em

We had to snap a pic, I mean it is New Orleans. It tried to eat Babe’s arm.

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This gator isn’t the most lady like I mean with her legs spread and all.  I’m not judging her one bit, it is hot in N’awlins.  I had a blast checking out the local shops, they had so many cool things in there.

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Perched along the Mississippi River

We decided to take in the view a bit before taking the Trolley back down to the River Walk. The boats were coming and going, the gentlemen in the picture was playing a tune and Babe and I were just taking it all in.

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Photo Credit: Reau’s Photography aka Babe – Old U.S. Mint

We took these pictures on the side of the New Orleans Mint. We just happen to stumble upon it, we had no idea. This location was a branch of the United States Mint from 1838 to 1861 and from 1879 to 1909. Not sure what the break was about but yeah. Fun Fact: This mint produced over 427 million silver and gold coins.

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New Orleans Mint

Babe had to get in on the action. Plus he was giving me photography tips and such. The trees look so cool, that is what caught our initial attention.  More about the Mint…

The New Orleans Mint has since been decommissioned and designated a National Historic Landmark. They also used the building as a fallout shelter; it was also damaged during Hurricane Katrina.  It would take them two years to complete all of the repairs.  The museum presently holds music exhibits that include instruments used by some of New Orleans’ famed jazz musicians along with pictures, and posters. It is said to open as the Louisiana Music Museum.

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A quick game of footsie’s on the river

Okay, so not really. We both had on our camo Chuck Taylor’s so I had to get a dope shot of them. His were part of his Father’s Day gift.

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Night Caps at the Super Dome

“All I need in this life of sin, is me and my boyfriend.  
Down to ride ’til the very end, it’s me and my boyfriend. ” – Beyonce

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4th of July Welcome Home by

Babe and I loved everything about New Orleans and look forward to coming back again. There is so much we still want to see and do.  We flew back home on 4th of July and Ronald Reagan National Airport had this cute photo-op waiting for us.  This was as festive as it got for us since we returned home to 71 degrees and rain.


Have you been to New Orleans, what was your experience like? Chat with me in the comment below or FB, IG or Twitter.


Article written by:

Mimi Robinson is the Lifestyle Media Correspondent and editor behind MimiCuteLips®. She is a wife and mother of two. You can find Mimi working media at your favorite events, traveling and trying out new adventures, or working on a dope DIY project.

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  1. Eva

    Awesome to have you own personal photographer to be with you in NOLA! The Saints are my husband’s favorite team. He has been trying to figure out how to get there to see a game! I am more into the history and architecture. Great photos 🙂

  2. Jenn @ EngineerMommy

    It looks like there is a lot to see and do in New Orleans. I’ve never been to New Orleans, but I’d love to visit! It sounds like a great place to bring the whole family!

    • MimiCuteLips

      Jenn it was a really nice place but I know my kids would hate the humidity. It is SUPER hot, I would have to take them during the cooler months.

  3. Pam

    Looks like you had a great time in NOLA! I love NOLA, there’s so much to see and do.

  4. Alli Smith

    I haven’t been to New Orleans in years, but your fun photos make me want to go back soon. They have the best food and so many fun things to do.

  5. Joanna

    I LOVE NOLA. Glad you were able to go to Essence Fest. My cousin lives down there and I definitely want to go again. The energy there is so live!

  6. Marsha

    He did take great pics! I have been wanting to visit NOLA for a while now. Mainly for the food (I’m so greedy) but also because of the rich history.

  7. Mellissa

    I’ve never been to New Orleans but you guys look like you had a blast. I’ve heard so many people say how much they love going to NOLA. I guess I’m just going to have to add that to my list.

  8. Vera Sweeney

    What a fun city to explore!! I love the history and culture of New Oreleans, can’t wait to see how the rest of your trip was!

  9. Chrishelle

    It looks like you had a blast. This is where my daughter wants to go on her senior trip. She and I both love the history, food, and music. Cannot wait to book out vacation.

  10. Liz Mays

    These are great pictures. I love the one of you on the steps. This sounded like a great visit so far!

  11. Kendall

    NOLA is such a gorgeous city, it looks like you had such a fabulous time! Such gorgeous pictures too! Thanks for a great guide! : )

  12. Bella B

    The history is SO rich in New Orleans – I love that! I’ve never been and need to get there ASAP! Gorgeous pics, I hope you had the best time!

  13. Amanda Love

    New Orleans has a rich culture and no matter what they’ve been through they will always remain as lively and as thriving as they were in the past. I love everything about that place and it would be nice to be able to visit! I’m so glad you were finally able to go after planning for such a long time.

  14. Rebecca Swenor

    It sounds like you had a fantastic time indeed in New Orleans. I have never been there but hope to get there in the next few years. There is so much to see and do there along with so much history. Thanks for sharing your amazing experiences and great photos.

  15. Sarah

    Looks like such a fun place to check out, so much to offer in New Orleans for scenery and culture!

  16. Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen

    I’ve heard a llot about New Orleans and how it is just a great place to visit. I hope I can visit all the places you’ve been to. Love the photo with the croc.

  17. Tia @ FinanciallyFitandFab

    Looks like you had a great time at Essence! Can’t wait to see parts 2-5.

  18. Kim

    I watched you on Instagram. It looks like you enjoyed yourself. I need to make a visit there. I haven’t been since I was 16.

  19. Allison Jones

    I’ve never been to New Orleans! It looks like such a fun trip!


  20. rika

    Looks like you had an amazing time! I want to visit New Orleans! What a fun city to explore

  21. Jennifer

    New Orleans is on my travel bucket list. Maybe next year we can get there. This looks like a fun place to visit!

  22. Nay

    DAG so this has been added to the places to visit. You two are so cute. Traveling is such a great learning experience.

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  24. Keisha Juanita Reed

    Yes! You looked like you had a BALL and He’s a natural photog. Tell him to send tips to my boo.

  25. Christine @MomsNCharge

    Yo, these pics are beyond dope. Let me find out I need to start hiring Reau for photography! LOL It looks like you guys had a fab time. NO is definitely on my list of places to go and I definitely plan to attend Essence Fest next year.

  26. LaShawn

    I love love the photos. I’m obsessed of course with my favorite cities and i love living vicariously through anyone who goes there. And your hubby did an awesome job.

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