Thursday, March 27, 2008

I heart NOLA


I've been busy showing off fair New Orleans to my brother and sister-in-law. My parents treated us to two nights, KIDS FREE, at a hotel in the French Quarter.

As they've never been to NOLA before, we enjoyed introducing them to the sights, sounds and tastes of New Orleans.

We took a carriage ride, listened to music on Frenchman street, visited museums, took walking tours, and explored a cemetery.


We ate crawfish, beignets, bread pudding, gumbo, po' boys, pralines and fried alligator. We drank mint juleps, Abita beer, hand grenades and many of our favorite hurricanes by candlelight at Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop.

I never expected to close out last night singing karaoke at a gay bar with my sister-in-law. But we had a blast (and earned ourselves some free shirts, too!)

And all I can say is that I love this city more and more.

31 comments:

alejna said...

Wow, that sounds like a fabulous time. It all sounds wonderfully fun.

Chrissy said...

Okay, now I want to come for a visit, too. Mainly just to eat po'boys.

Beautiful pictures, by the way. I'm glad you guys got to have a little getaway.

flutter said...

me too, I had my first kiss in that cemetery

imbeingheldhostage said...

Isn't it great when company comes and you become a tourist again? I love it. Your photos are great and now I want to sing karaoke in a Gay bar (with your sister, not mine) and sit and listen to bands until morning.

Chaotic Joy said...

Oh the food. It's beautiful. The city too.

the dragonfly said...

It is a lovely city...I can't wait to see more of it!! (and the best part is that you're there...(sorry to be so cheesy!!))

:)

Luisa Perkins said...

Oh, man! I'm so envious. I've got to get down there and get a good zydeco/jambalaya fix. Bons temps.

Sober Briquette said...

Just wow.

For many years, it was on our top five destinations list, but dropped off after kids. You're really whetting my appetite again.

Amy Y said...

What a perfect little get away!! I hope your bro & Sis in law enjoyed it too...

Your photos are gorgeous ~ I can't wait to visit some day! :)

Ashley said...

Oh cool! I've never been! Glad you had fun!

nomotherearth said...

Boy, do I EVER want to visit!

Mary Beth said...

Your pictures are amazing - I want to visit if only to see the amazing architecture. You can find some really cool things in cemetaries - I love reading the gravestones and trying to imagine what life was like for those buried there. Sounds like a marvelous time:)

Hey Teach! said...

I have always wanted to see New Orleans. My mother was there several years ago and all she could talk about were all the wonderful old houses. Sounds like you had a great time. Love how you closed out :)

Julie Pippert said...

When we went to NOLA ages ago I took Jon to the old cemetery to show him the Jesus statue miracle.

I love NOLA.

So glad you had that lovely getaway!

Karen said...

what a beautiful, beautiful place.

Mary Alice said...

I can almost smell the chickory in the coffee. Gorgeous.

Christine said...

oh man, i want to visit there SO SO SO SO SO much!

i would go one a food eating frenzy, i think.

TEOM? said...

Next time, invite me, will ya? Puleeze?

Family Adventure said...

Gorgeous pictures. New Orleans is moving steadily higher on my list of dream destinations with very post you write about it. :)

Heidi

Don Mills Diva said...

What a fantastic get-away. I love those pics. I was in NO right before I met hubby in 1998 - I MUST make it back there with him - it's magical!

Mad said...

I am SO coming to visit, PM. Don't know when but I will get there.

Beck said...

It DOES sound like fun.

Sarcasta-Mom said...

Wow, I'm soooo jealous. SOmeday when my financial life is finally stable, I'll visit NOLA too :)

E said...

A carriage ride just like tourists! I love seeing an old place with new eyes. And you guys have some great antiquarian bookstores too, like Faulkner House. My husband and I once had a weekend date there filled just with those...(okay and a bunch of great food..oh and good music at night...)
I love Naw'lins....

Wendy said...

Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans....Sigh. Haven't been in years...Now I REALLY want a shrimp po'boy. Great pictures!

Emily said...

Amazing.

I can't believe how much liquor you can hold. HA! Teasing.

I want to visit NOLA with my girls soon. Maybe in the fall. Is fall nice in Louisiana?

Beautiful, beautiful pictures. Thank you for sharing.

MamaGeek said...

What a wonderful time with beautiful pictures to match!

Victoria said...

I heart NOLA too. I need to fabricate a reason to get there soon. I want to show it to my Boy.

And eat and eat and eat...

=)

Lovely pics.

Bayou Belle said...

The one thing about NOLA is that even as a resident you can easily be a tourist! I am fascinated by another blogger (nolanotes.com) who is from NOLA but writes about it as if she is discovering it daily. I have done the weekend downtown like you (kid free!) and long for another weekend like that. Your post has me aching for some time in the quarter. Wanna go?

Bayou Belle said...

I popped over to another site after posting above and found it crazy that he too had a great post WITH PICS of NOLA and thought I would share the web address here for any readers looking for more!

http://www.mybigeasylife.com/archives/2008/03/29/hunting-ignatius/

BipolarLawyerCook said...

Beautiful pics!