So, i’m going to try to relive Mothers Day weekend in NOLA. I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this city, people say various things – how scary it is, crime and panhandlers – and some people live and die by this city. My mom had been – several times, all pre Katrina, and told me it would be best not to plan (or over plan – as I tend to do). So, I made a few restaurant reservations to ensure we wouldn’t have to wait here or there and that was it. When it comes down to it – it sounds like we didn’t do anything, because we largely walked around (which, we love to do – and there is no lack of things to mouth breathe at in NOLA). A week after our trip I still long to be back in that city. It was such a wonderful trip and I’m so happy that I have a mother like mine who I can be friends with now that I’m an adult (tho make no mistake about it, she’s a mom first, and will not hesitate to break out my full name if I do something wrong). We took enough photos for me to feel like putting them all in one place would seem like NOLA overload. So I’m going to post each day over the next few days.
We left Wednesday morning, I woke up at 4 with a fit of sneezes, our flight left around 8ish – which made getting up at 4 not such a bad idea considering ATL traffic. I wrote a blog about my airport outfit, so I’ll skip that – I will say that my mom upgraded us to first class, and uh, I don’t know that I’ll ever be able to go back! That was definitely the right way to start the trip!
We walked a lot by the Mississippi river front, and snapped some photos.
I changed into my favorite dress for the summer – the Anthro dress I’ve blogged about several times so far, and put my hair in a giant bun. We mostly walked around the French Quarter and stopped at a little cafe for a (not so great) cup of gumbo.
One thing New Orleans didn’t have a shortage of – was fried food…whats up with that NOLA? I think it was largely this restaurant had nothing but big grease balls and we just didn’t feel like we could up and walk out (interesting story about that LATER).
After lunch we walked around a little more – found some junk stores we had heard some things about, and while they were interesting…not as huge as we’d previously heard. This is the day I found and bought the cat dress I wore on my last day of work at my previous job.
We stopped in of course at Cafe Du Monde and had beignets and a cafe au let. Now…let me say. I don’t know if it was the hype or what, but these beignets were not as all that as people say they are. Not that they were bad, just again – deep fried, and mostly it was like a funnel cake that you can get at any GA state fair. The cafe au let was great, just it was super hot out, so eh. You know.
Clearly some of these photos are instagrams.
We went to Galatoire’s for dinner – and had some pretty yum cosmos, our appetizer was great, and our food was okay. My mom and I like to read reviews about how either GREAT or HORRIBLE places were, and all in all Galatoire’s wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t something I’d make it back to NOLA just to have – though, seriously the cosmo’s were so good.
Isn’t my mom so cute!?
Galatorie’s is right on Bourbon Street – buuuut after a few drinks, and being awake since 4am (plus walking every day about 25,000 steps according to my fitbit) we were pretty ready for sleep. All in all the first day made me very excited for the next few!