Last weekend we took a quick trip to New Orleans. By quick, I mean that I was there for less than 24 hours and even managed to acquire a speeding ticket on the way there (oy!). Rich had to be in New Orleans for a conference, and fortunately it overlapped on a weekend, so I was able to join him on Saturday night.
Here’s how to spend a night in NOLA when it downpours and you have to get on the road the next morning:
1. Head to dinner and live jazz at the Davenport Lounge in the Ritz-Carlton.
2. Sip after dinner cocktails at The Sazerac Bar inside The Roosevelt Hotel.
The Southern Gentleman Bourbon Cocktail
3. Brunch the next morning at Atchafalaya, my new favorite place, complete with live jazz music.
4. Drive home at a ridiculously slow speed for fear of accruing a second speeding ticket in one weekend.
I challenge you to name any task more difficult than sorting through your wedding photos and narrowing it down to “a few” for an album. I found this task to be daunting and impossible. I also didn’t want to litter your Facebook newsfeed with 900+ photos of us (you’re welcome), so I compiled a few hundred of our favorites into a basic slideshow.
Enjoy my incredibly rudimentary video production skills.
Oh, and happy six-month anniversary to us.
I couldn’t resist purchasing this OPI nail polish. It is the ultimate Louisiana country color.
The name just says it all.
Earlier this month we traveled all the way to South Beach to cheer the Irish on in the BCS National Championship.
This post was just too painful to upload at the time. However, now that a month has passed, the wounds have healed. Kind of.
Here are some photos of the weekend:
(Top left: Rowdy dinner crowd at Breakwater. Top right: Post-Pep-Rally shot. Bottom: Dancing on the boulevard to the live street music. My face sums it up.)
(Top left: Best college buds. Top right: View from hotel suite balcony. Middle left: Pre-game photo-op. Lower right: Official BCS signage. Lower left: Still optimistic, prior to getting slaughtered).
Better luck next year?
A few Saturdays back, Gidget and I drove 90 minutes south on LA Rt 1 to the next cluster of civilization within driving distance, and visited Natchitoches, Louisiana. The scenic route consisted of about 45+ different churches (one that stands out in my mind is the “Cowboy Church”), and endless farmland.
Historic Natchitoches is quaint and I’m glad I checked it off my of “Louisiana Bucket List.” Apparently, it’s the oldest remaining settlement in the Louisiana Purchase Territory, and it was the film site for “Steel Magnolias.”
Fountain at the center of town.
“Steel Magnolias” sidewalk slate for Julia Roberts.
Front Street Directory. Lasyone’s is a famous place for Meat Pies, a Natchitoches staple.
View of Front Street.
I just loved this boot repair sign.
The obligatory Gidget exploration shot.
View of the river.
Perhaps on the next visit, I’ll be brave enough to try a meat pie (I’m still unsure as to what that really entails).
Happy New Year!
2012 was quite the year for us. We bought a house, we celebrated our 1-year anniversary as Louisiana residents, and we TIED THE KNOT on October 27th.
It was a year filled with a tremendous amount of love, and it truly made us appreciate the unwavering support we continually receive from our families and friends (both near and far).
It seems, though, that the year continually picked up momentum, and it reached such a rapid pace that it swept us right through the holiday season without any blog posts to prove it.
A new year’s resolution for 2013? Slow down. And, update the blog at least 2 times each week. Starting right now. Promise!
Thank you to everyone who made the arduous trek to Shreveport to celebrate with us. We had a blast. One week of wedded bliss and counting!
(Thank you, Nick Walsh for snapping this photo). More photos to come!