Last weekend my friend and I traveled to New Orleans for our first “Ladies Weekend.” We left Boston early Friday afternoon and landed back home Sunday night. Only two nights, but a fun two nights down in The Bayou.
Where we stayed: Bourbon Orleans Hotel. Right in the French Quarter, on the corner of Orleans and Bourbon Streets. Really a great location! Take a left out of the hotel and you are behind St. Louis Cathedral. Take a right and you are on Bourbon Street. We had an interior room, which was great because we didn’t hear the hustle, bustle and noise of Bourbon Street when we turned in for the night.
The first afternoon, after we flew in, we checked in to our hotel then headed out to check out the French Quarter. We made it down to the Mississippi River and saw the Natchez go by, then did dinner and Bourbon Street. The second day we spent the morning eating beignets (yummy Cafe du Monde), checking out St. Louis Cathedral, and shopping. Then we grabbed a quick lunch and relaxed by the pool. That evening we went out on a ghost tour courtesy of French Quarter Phantoms then had dinner and again visited the Bourbon Street festivities. Sunday morning we had breakfast at CC’s Coffee House, then we went on an airboat swamp tour! And, our airboat got STUCK in the swamp at one point! We got stuck on a grassy marsh area, for 20 min., and he had to call for help to get us off the marshy area. I wasn’t worried about the alligators, and flies, and birds – but being stuck on the bayou in a very humid 92 degrees, with no breeze – I was sweating in places I didn’t even know I could sweat. Beads of sweat on my legs and face. It was unbearable and I started to feel a little sick to my stomach due to the heat and stagnant air. Thankfully once we got moving again I felt better, and the boats move pretty quickly so we got a nice breeze. Definitely an adventure! I enjoyed learning more about the ecosystem and animals there.
All in all it was a good trip. I’m glad I got to experience New Orleans. It isn’t going to be my new favorite vacation spot, and there were definitely some seedy areas, but it was still a great trip! I loved the different architecture of the French Quarter, and the pretty homes. Some places were very weathered and run down, which was surprising to me since Katrina was almost 10 years ago, but some places were really beautiful. Some of it was dirty, and some of it was well maintained. Walking down some streets made me feel like I was in a quaint movie scene, and other places I felt I was in a third world country or something (maybe exaggerating slightly, but I don’t know the words to describe how I felt.) And Bourbon Street was certainly very festive – lots of great people watching, food, and drinks! Everywhere we went says “Drinks To Go” or “Cocktails To Go”, it was really a lot of fun (but believe me, we didn’t go too crazy, we were back at our hotel by 11:30 every night!) As fun as it was I definitely wouldn’t feel safe going off Bourbon Street at night by myself.