Monday, October 23, 2017

The Big Easy, Trip #5 For Me

Hello there! Well, another work week has started up, after yet another weekend that just flew by. This post is going to be about the beginning of the trip that I took with mom to New Orleans and Nashville. On Sunday, 10/8, we flew to New Orleans, and even got in a few minutes early, despite the hurricane that was supposed to hit NOLA the day before, but luckily bypassed them. We got in around 3:00 p.m., and took an Uber to our hotel on Chartres Street in the French Quarter. I had never been in this hotel before, and it was quite nice, and in a good area, as far as proximity to plenty of places to walk to. 
I had made reservations at GW Fins for dinner, so my mom and I headed over there after hitting a couple of shops on the way. I had been there once before, with my husband on our honeymoon. It's a really nice restaurant, with yummy food. I ordered soft shell crab this time, and it was the very first time I've ever ordered seafood at a restaurant before! I'm obviously not very into seafood, but my meal was good, and the bread we got was quite good, too. We both had chocolate mousse for dessert, and while it was fine, it wasn't as good as my mom's! 
Monday we did a lot of shopping in the Quarter, had beignets at the famous Cafe Du Monde (they take like funnel cake!), went to Johnny's Po Boys for breakfast for my mom and an early lunch for me, and also took an Uber to Magazine Street to do some shopping there, as well, and we had a donut at Distrit Donuts, which I make sure to go to every time I'm on Magazine Street. Some of the shops were already closing up when we left there around 5:00, but we only missed one place I wanted to go to. We got an Uber back to the Quarter, and went to dinner at the French Market Restaurant, which I've eaten at a few times with Bob. My mom and I both got a salad there, and we did a little bit more shopping after dinner, and then went back to our room.
We went back to our room much earlier each night than I'm used to doing, ha! But, I didn't really mind, especially because it was CRAZY hot & humid while we there, although it did get a little better in the evenings. We also went back to the room to rest in the afternoon Monday-Wednesday, and we timed it right concidentally each time, because we missed the afternoon rain while we were in our room.
On Tuesday we went to City Park and the Sculpture Gardens and Botanical Gardens there, and we took a street car to get there. I had never been there on my previous trips, and I'm glad we checked it out this time. It's so neat to be in a beautiful, quiet area like that within such a vibrant city. 
My mom and I walked over to Frenchman street around 4:00 p.m., and grabbed some dinner there, and then went to the Spotted Cat Music Club, which is my favorite spot to watch live music. I had looked up their event calendar online ahead of time, and it said that Meschiya Lake & The Little Big Horns would be playing that evening, but unfortunately it was a different band playing. I was disappointed, in spite of this band being good, because ML & TLBH are my favorite NOLA band, and Bob and I even saw them twice on our honeymoon. Meschiya has an absolutely incredible voice. We have one of their CDs, too.

Our hotel's lovely courtyard

Cafe Du Monde Beignets

Hurricanes at our hotel bar


1 comment:

  1. So much fun! I bet it was fun to go with your mom but I laughed at your comment about returning to the room sooner than you're used to. Very different than venturing out with the hubby!! So cute!