New Orleans, Louisiana

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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.

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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!

14 thoughts on “New Orleans, Louisiana

  1. New Orleans is beautiful and has great music and food. We went there for our first romantic getaway in the 90s. Glad you two could go celebrate before the quarantine !

    1. I was bummed that we left early, but I was afraid the airports would close. And our cat wasn’t doing well (he’s better now). I would like to go back some day.

  2. PS At 8 years old I decided I was allergic to allergic to alligators on our family trip to FL. I am adamant that is still the case. 😉

  3. Happy belated anniversary! I think I’d love to visit New Orleans someday. The alligator-watching sounds so cool.

  4. Happy Anniversary. Another great thing to see in New Orleans is the above the ground graveyard. Interesting to see how it is done, because it cannot be done below ground. Of course, the food and music are the best reason for going.

    1. Thank you! And, yes—we visited the above-ground cemetery. I didn’t mention it because I was afraid that my post would be too long lol!

      1. Never be afraid that something interesting is too long. Don’t forget you can tackle it with a series. That can be quite fun.

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