New Orleans Secret

For the next few days our area will be flooded with tourist.

People wanting to pass a good time.

Our schools close and buisness booms.

Mardi Gras.

I'm no stranger to grocery bags full of beads, cups and doubloons.

To be honest I would rather just sit in a courtyard and drink sweet tea.


New Orleans is so much more than just a Party Place.

It is serene and lush.

Almost as if you stepped into a tropical oasis!

Behind brick walls you can hear the trickle of fountains.

Catch a scent of flowers flowing over their boundaries.

Gas lanterns light your way to

brick floors and banana trees year round.

Some gardens are hidden behind iron gates.

Some welcome you with open arms!

I still find myself curious

almost childlike

Wondering what lies behind that gate,  brick wall, or that massive oak tree.


So while New Orleans and our surrounding communities

Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler
(let the good time roll)

I will be working on creating a courtyard of my own.

Do you have a secret garden or spot to getaway from it all?

I hope you do...

Everyone needs their own secret garden I think :)

Happy Mardi Gras!



  1. What lovely photos. These are the places in New Orleans that I find the most fascinating as well. Like stepping in to another world.

  2. Hey friend, wish we could have met up when I was in NOLA. I sure enjoyed my short visit too, such a pretty place to see for a few days. xoxo

  3. Susie,

    What beautiful pictures! I have always wanted to visit NO, but actually never during Mardi Gras.
    Hope you get to sit in that secret garden of yours soon.
    I love going to the lake that is here and sitting under the trees or in the grass.

  4. I love your photos...I've never been, but view New Orleans as magical. The gardens and architecture are unlike any place in the world...simply beautiful.

    Our jersey shore Mardi Gras celebrations, pale in comparison!

  5. Oh my... now you have me longing to come to New Orleans and sit in a quiet courtyard drinking sweet tea as well...

  6. Oh, my, my. This was wonderful to see. I've never been down there but it looks beautiful. And you're right. I'm certain there is so much more than Bourbon Street! - Kathy

  7. Oh I miss New Orleans! My hubby and I lived there for about 7 years, while he was working as a commercial diver. We lived on the West Bank of New Orleans, but I remember how much we loved taking the ferry over and exploring neighborhoods and gardens and people watching. Thank you for bringing back such wonderful memories. I hope one day to take our son there and show him around.

  8. Beautifully done! I've been wistfully remembering my Mardi Gras days when I was at Sophie Newcomb, but you're so right-- there's so much more fabulous to NO! Thanks for sharing-- I'll be scrolling through these photos while I enjoy my king cake and live vicariously through you. :)

  9. Oh this brings me back to my college days at Tulane (technically Newcomb College)! So many think New Orleans is just Bourbon street when it is so much more. I always did love the courtyards there - a bit like a hidden treasure.

  10. I, too, miss New Orleans. My husband proposed in one of those courtyards (at Brennan's). My children were also born in New Orleans, so for those two reasons alone, New Orleans will always be in my heart. :)

  11. New Orleans is magical. So much history and BEAUTIFUL architecture. Secret gardens everywhere.
    Love the photos.

  12. Oh wow! I have been to New Orleans twice and I felt like I was there again while looking at your pictures. Honestly, I could feel it and smell it again. Beautiful!

  13. These pics are lovely! If I ever make it down there, we have a date to sip sweet tea! And, take pictures!

  14. Beautiful pictures thanks for sharing...Pat H

  15. Thanks for showing the most BEAUTIFUL part of NOLA. Many people think only of Bourbon Street and dirty gutters,etc. but it's SO much more. Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler!!!!!!

  16. I've never had the opportunity to go to New Orleans but I'm fascinated by the history and beauty I read's a must on my places to visit list.

  17. I worked and lived in the French Quarter for six months. What a fascinating city and the best food anywhere.

  18. Beautiful pics! Can't wait to see pics of what you are working on :)

  19. So charming. I love the French influence. I just did a post on our French Stone Fountain last week. It's in our new patio. Good luck.
    Mary Ann

  20. So gorgeous...I wish I could climb into those photos and live there awhile! You've inspired me to work on a little backyard oasis of my own. Thank you!

  21. Oh how beautiful! You have such an eye!


  22. I too love New orleans... without the party! I have been visited many times, always with a group usually in non-stop party mode, going strong day and night...I just wanted to stop and sit and take in the unique surroundings. I love the old brick, gates and gardens as well. Thanks for sharing these beautiful pictures!

  23. One of my favorite vacation ever (oh should I say I've lived all over this earth first?)

    New Orleans. Love it. I heart NOLA.

  24. These photos are gorgeous. I love the iron gates and colorful doors. I can't wait to see your courtyard.
    Thank you for sharing with us a grander side of New Orleans.


  25. Now this is the NOLA that I would be in love with (not the loud and rowdy). Charleston, SC is also full of gates and secret gardens and I love peering through and falling in love with the tiny glimpses.

  26. My husband and I are coming down March 22 for several days and can't wait. He has never been and I have not been down since I was a child. I'm hoping things have quited down when we get there! Do you have some MUST SEE's?

  27. Your photos are what I believe New Orleans truly is. I hope to make a pilgrimge to NO in the future. My maiden name is Beneville and I am related to the city via my family tree. Sea Witch

  28. My hubby and I were talking about going back to NOLA. The food is delish and it is just a beautiful city.

  29. I have been reading your blog for a long time and I have a prayer request...that is right there in NOLA!!

    PLEASE Keep Mary Courington in your prayers. She is a dear friend of mine and she also watched Sydney for the first two years of her life.

    Mary Courington is a 43 year old wife and mother of two children, ages 19 and 21. Several years ago Mary began to have problems with severe itching. The itching went from severe to beyond severe. As doctors searched for a reason, it was discovered that she had a condition known as Primary Biliary Cirrhosis of the Liver. In 2008, Mary received a new liver….one year to the date since she was placed on the transplant list. The operation was successful. Starting in the fall of 2010, Mary entered a period of rejection, which is something that many transplant patients experience. Rejection can usually be managed with medication, but not this time. Mary has received all of her care at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. On last Wednesday her family was told that she would not be placed back on the transplant list at UAB and that there goal was to keep her comfortable.

    Billy, Mary’s husband, did not have a kind reaction to this diagnosis. On Thursday Mary’s transplant doctor approached the family with the news that he had spoken with a colleague in New Orleans who was willing to take Mary as a patient and evaluate her for a possible transplant. On Friday Mary was transported to Ochsner Medical in New Orleans. Since arriving she has received excellent care, but a decision concerning transplantation has not yet been made. Mary’s kidneys have factored into the equation, and the liver transplant, if it is approved and a liver is found, may also come with a kidney transplant. Mary is against a time clock…we were told days to weeks when we left Birmingham, and that was a week ago.

    Time is NOT on her side....PLEASE join us in praying for Mary. We have created a blog where you can follow her progress...

  30. Gorgeous images. I lived outside of New Orleans for many years and worked downtown for 3 years. I would love to have a courtyard filled with such beautiful shrubbery and color! I have two balconies but although we've had a mild winter, everything is dying off and I don't know why. Will try to get to a plant souk this weekend so that I can bring some much needed life to our outdoor spaces. So hard to keep things clean and lovely in a desert environment but I keep trying. Have a bright and beautiful day! :) Tammy

  31. These remind me of Place d'Armes

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