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Report 2000: New Orleans Getaway

By Casole from MA, Spring 2012

Trip Description: May 2012. Hubby and I returned to New Orleans for our 9th anniversary. Having spent our honeymoon and 1st anniversary, we were thrilled to be back.

Destinations: Countries - North America; Regions/Cities - Southern US

Categories: Hotels/B&Bs; Foodie Trip; Shopping; Sightseeing; Independent Travel; 2 People

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Some background to our trip. This was my fourth trip, husband's third. My first trip was in 2002, with my two best friends, one of whom passed away unexpectedly in Feb of 2003. New Orleans was the last place we spent time together. In 2003 I was married, and my husband and I spent our honeymoon in New Orleans. He fell in love with it as I had, and I was so glad! We went back for our first anniversary, and were going to go for my 40th birthday in January of 2006, but the devastating events of Katrina happened in August of 2005.

Fast forward to 2012, and we were very happy to be returning. On the flight down I read a book that I bought at the National Book Fest in DC with my mom that I have been meaning to read called "Zeitoun" by Dave Eggers. Let's just say I was finished with it by touchdown. It was a true, heartbreaking, yet uplifting account of one person's experience with the breakdown of all systems during Katrina.

We took a United Cab to our hotel on the edge of the French Quarter, Le Richelieu on Chartres Street. This was our third stay and it was as comfortable as ever. Our cab driver showed us a photo that he keeps in his visor of himself as a welter weight boxer back in 1968. My husband said he does it for bigger tips; I took the less cynical view that he was truly proud of his accomplishments in the past and wanted people to know he had tasted some success.

I prepped for our trip by doing extra workouts and eating less than usual for the nom fest I knew was to come! After unpacking we headed out to Port of Call, on Esplanade Avenue for our favorite burger of all time. They make the juiciest burgers ever, served with a baked potato. And a wonderful tequila based concoction called a "Red Turtle". For dessert, what else but cafe au lait and begneits at Cafe du Monde. After that ... a long nap!

After awaking from our food induced coma, we headed out to the Mid-City Rock n Bowl, a place I've always wanted to go to hear Los Po-Boy Citos, a Latin/Soul band. So fun!! This place was like a three ring circus, bowling, bands, and ... hula hoops? Yes! Too fun! I came away with two things to add to my list of things to learn to do. Salsa dance and hula hoop!

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