Last month was our 17th wedding anniversary. Somewhere along the line, my husband and I began taking trips to celebrate. This year, we went to New Orleans, Louisiana.
New Orleans is known for Mardi Gras, its jazzy music, and fine food. Mardi Gras takes place in February, so we just missed it. That’s ok. I don’t like crowds at all, and they have HUGE parades and a party atmosphere! No, thanks. My anxiety would go through the roof.
The city is also known for its alligators, which live in the swamps just outside of town. We took a swamp tour on an airboat, and saw some BIG alligators. I took this video with my phone, just sitting really close to the side of the boat. This bad boy must have been 14 feet long! By the way, that isn’t my foot in the video. All the passengers got to hold a baby alligator, and I touched an adult’s back who was swimming near the boat! His (or her) skin was super tough.
The local music scene on Frenchman Street is alive and happening. The blocks were lined with all kinds of bars where you can listen to live music. There was a lot of jazz! In fact, we saw a band perform whose singer is a high school friend of mine!
The city is known for its seafood, particularly crawfish. Unfortunately, there were many things we couldn’t eat because we’re vegetarians. We did find a few places with vegetarian options. My favorite was NOLA Restaurant. It’s owned by Emeril Lagasse. For dessert I ordered crème brûlée, and my husband ordered the “Drunken Monkey Ice Cream Sandwich.” My dessert was fine, but nothing special. My husband’s on the other hand, looked divine.
It was a successful trip in that we were highly entertained, ate some good food, and saw some interesting things. We came home 2 days early because our elderly cat was vomiting and had diarrhea, and because I was afraid the airports would shut down, and we would be stranded. I would definitely go back in the future!