Our very own New Orleans makes the coveted “Best Trips 2014” list from National Geographic. Our favorite line is the reference to Uptown New Orleans attorney’s getting “liquor store robbing drunk” at Galatoire’s Friday lunch — truer words have not been spoken.For the full story, head over to Best Trips 2014 — National Geographic Traveler.

New Orleans, LouisianaPhotograph by Ken Kochey, National Geographic CreativeThe Imperishable CityNew Orleans, like Rome or hope, is eternal. Visit Louisiana’s filigreed, fleur-de-lis city twice or 20 times, and the scent will be as unchanging as the air is unmoving: a humid mix of confederate jasmine and fried shrimp, diesel fuel and desire. The French Quarter? Always rolling. At Galatoire’s, Uptown lawyers still get “liquor-store-robbing drunk” on five-hour Friday lunches of oysters Rockefeller and Pouilly-Fuissé, while farther down Bourbon Street, exhibitionists hooched-up on Hurricanes play to the balconies. The Garden District remains quieter than sleep—the whitewashed tombs of its cemetery still shelter the dead and fascinate the living. The St. Charles Avenue streetcar? Forever un-air-conditioned. Its open windows frame America’s most beautiful boulevard. Last year’s Mardi Gras beads will be there, too, dangling from the live oaks…

via Best Trips 2014 — National Geographic Traveler.]]