Creole Surprise

19 Apr

A little while back, there was a 30th birthday in our household. A few weeks later back in Ohio, one of our good friends also celebrated his 30th birthday. And what do two awesome wives do for their birthday boys? Plan a surprise birthday trip, naturally.

So plan we did, a long weekend in New Orleans! We left the blustery North for the warm, sunny, spicy southern town for three days of good friends, good food and time away from our busy lives. None of us had ever been to the Big Easy, so there were zero expectations. We had all gotten recommendations from friends on places to eat and things to see and we are so thankful because they were all great and we would’ve been lost without them!

We had a GREAT time, and overall we thought that the city was a fascinating combination of southern class and white trash. The locals have a fierce sense of pride and strength, and it’s really cool to hear them talk about living there, the culture and the rebuilding of the city. And their NBA team is in the playoffs!

The French Quarter was an around the clock party, which was not where we wanted to spend much of our time. We toured the Garden District after a looong brunch at Commander’s Palace and saw all the historic homes. We went to Frenchman Street where all of the locals go for music and hopped from place to place. We visited the Katrina tribute museum, which was incredibly humbling. We ate famous pralines and had a hurricane at Pat O’Brien’s on Bourbon St. We even saw multiple sets & filming for a Nicholas Cage movie (before he was arrested and bailed out by Dog the Bounty Hunter). Apparently Anne Hathaway was also in town, but I couldn’t find her.

Here are a few photos from the weekend!

Our travel buddies, the Coakleys!

The birthday boys at brunch. Hats & balloons provided by the restaurant!

Waiting for his beignets at Cafe Du Monde

Down by the ol Mississippi

Our hotel was one of my favorite things about our trip, but I can only thank Trip Advisor for that one. If you’re traveling to NO, I highly recommend International House Hotel.

I’d probably go back, but not for a while. It reminded me of Vegas – fun & exciting to experience, but 3 days was enough! The Coakley’s however, will probably become annual travel buddies!

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