This was a 20 year celebration trip for Stud's company, and that group knows how to throw a party! I've been to New Orleans a few times, but not since Katrina. It was, and still is, a fabulous place.
Stud and I came in with a group on Thurs, and we were met at the airport by these two fun ladies.
The hotel they put us in was all suites! What put me over the edge? It had a Keurig! Hey, I've always admitted I'm easy...
One really weird thing about the hotel? The fountain. Cool, but why the bidet?
The French Quarter is beautiful. There are a lot of 5 and dime places, but also unique stores that are a lot of fun to poke around in. And a marketplace where I found toe rings! Oh, and Stud bought me my first corset and 2 skirts because we couldn't decide on one, but you're not getting a pic of that.
We ate, and ate, and ate! The food was incredible, though there were some things better left untried.
Friday night kicked off the official celebration, with about 250 of us at that point. So...we ate some more. There was a lot of drinking going on, too, but I don't drink so I can't give a good commentary on that. Well, other than people got really drunk.
The next day we all went out on an airboat tour. When we got to the site, there was a tent set up where they, um, fed us.
I have to admit, I didn't like the alligator sausage.
Or the giant spiders
But the Bayou was beautiful, even if we didn't get to see any big gators by the time we got a turn. We were last ones out, and the bigger ones had enough to eat at that point.
And the babies were adorable.
That night, we rented out an entire restaurant so we could eat and drink again, because it had been more than a couple of hours since we did it last. As a big surprise, a guy with a horn came into the restaurant and we were all told to follow him. There was a brass band outside with dressed up bandleaders, and we were led in a parade through the French Quarter, police escort and all! It was really cool. People came out onto the street, waved, joined us for a few streets, whatever! Anything goes.
Our final destination for this parade was a Burlesque club in the Jazz club district. Very cool!
All in all, a great time. If we'd stayed any longer, they would have been rolling me onto the airplane. I'd go to New Orleans again in a heartbeat.