Monday, June 11, 2012

a whirlwind trip to NOLA



A few months ago, we were told that we'd have to pick our car up in New Orleans, since it couldn't be shipped to Florida, for some reason. On Friday, we got a call saying that our car *might* be coming in that day and we could pick it up if we got there before 4:30pm, when they closed for the weekend. We packed up in about 10 minutes and jumped in the car for the 5.5 hour car ride. The whole way there (through crazy thunderstorms and blinding rain), we prayed that the car would be there when we arrived and that we would make it on time. 

We got there with three minutes to spare and were able to pick up our car-- a little piece of home. 

And then we got to spend the night in New Orleans, a first for both of us. We got a fabulous hotel on hotwire.com and stayed right downtown, within walking distance of the French Quarter. I don't have any pictures from Friday night, but it was a pretty magical night, as we slogged through the pouring rain, ate at a fabulous brewery and enjoyed crawfish ettouffĂ© and a shrimp po'boy. We skipped through puddles and headed to Cafe du Monde, where we people -watched and savored beignets and hot chocolate. 

We spent Saturday morning wandering around the French Quarter, checking out the gorgeous architecture, colorful buildings and soaking up a bit of the New Orleans history. We ate breakfast at The Camellia Grille where we made fast friends with our server, Ricky, and soon the whole cafe knew our due date, baby name and moving woes. Those Southerners are friendly people! 

We were excited to start a new tradition for our kiddos when we picked up a children's book at a local souvenir shop. We plan on writing about our trip in the front cover and picking up more books as we travel around the world together. I can't wait to have shelves of children's books filled with tales and memories of our travels. 

I'm sure we didn't hit a fraction of the sites to see in New Orleans, but it was a pretty wonderful whirlwind trip and great to get away from the stress of the move. We are in our apartment now, but still waiting on our stuff. Three more nights of sleeping on the floor...


 lindsay


16 comments:

  1. I love that idea with the books. So sweet. And goodness girl, you sure are ALL belly. I hope I'm even close to as stunning as you are when I'm pregnant someda!

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  2. Nice story and beautiful photos! I love the books idea, I might steal it :)

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  3. You looks FABULOUS, mama! LOVE your photos, too. :) Sounds like you ate some delicious food!

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  4. my home away from home! so glad your enjoyed new orleans.
    your right there is so much to new orleans.
    you have to go back sometimes find more treasures.

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  5. love the book idea!such great parents already!

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  6. I'm so glad your car was there after your sprint to New Orleans. That's a city I've always wanted to see. Glad you could enjoy it. You look fantastic, by the way.

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  7. What a great idea!!! LOVE that you got to enjoy such a spontaneous trip together! Looks like a blast!

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  8. wow what a beautiful place, great shots!

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  9. Oh, how fun, even if it was super last-minute! We took a weekend trip there a year ago, and I loved it (okay, it was my third time visiting). It's definitely a fun little trip to take while living here on the Gulf Coast. Hope you got to hear some good street musicians, too.

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  10. LOVE Nola...we had a family reunion there last month...isnt' cafe du monde divine?!

    here's a little peak at our trip
    http://discoverystreet.blogspot.com/2012/04/new-orleans-family-reunion.html

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  11. I love that book idea! I might have to copy you! :)

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  12. I woud love to know how you got this "reply" button below every comment. And I like your flying belly! =)

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  13. yeay!!! sounds fun! and you look absolutely adorable in that purple dress!

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  14. Looks like a fun weekend! I've never been to NOLA either. A friend of mine from high school got married there over the weekend. I looked for him in the background of your photos. ;-) What a great idea to buy books and write about your adventures in them. A family treasure, indeed.

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  15. I love your new tradition! How fun!

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