Wednesday, February 18, 2015

New Orleans Anniversary Trip // Day 1 // January 2015

You might remember this post, the one where KC surprised me with an Christmas gift/Anniversary trip combo.

We spent a few days in New Orleans at the beginning of the year. It was such a needed break. A good chance to spend time together, and a nice break from all of the holiday and end-of-the-year chaos. :)

Here are some details from our trip. I'm going to try to keep these shorter... because not only is scrolling through the huge posts hard... writing and editing for them is a draining task. So let's split it all up! :)

Our first day back in the city was amazing. I'll be honest and say that I was worried that I wouldn't love NOLA as much as I did the first time... but I loved it more.

We spent most of the day walking and exploring the Quarter again. We started with breakfast and beignets at Cafe Beignet, amazing.

Then we walked around enjoying the warm air and the liveliness of the city. Admiring the beautiful colored walls, doors, gates, and arches.

We passed a shop that had the most incredible collection of rare antique coins, maps, and weapons. It was sight to behold. KC had a good time there, and I know my dad would have LOVED it.

We browsed a beautiful vintage store, the piece that I actually would have bought was WAY out of my budget, so I just admired things on the hanger.

(not all of the prices were that high... I've just been told that I'm good at falling in love with the most expensive things. : /  )

We stopped by Johnny's to try a po' boy for lunch. This is the most famous place to get them, so we waited in line for a bit.

It was ok, but perhaps we didn't pick the correct option out of the 50-some choices...?

After that we walked around Jackson Square and went inside of the Saint Louis Cathedral (the oldest cathedral in the US), something we didn't get to do last time.

It was absolutely gorgeous. I'm not catholic, but (as an ex-art history major) I have a love of art and architecture.... so this was a treat. :)

Then we may have had more beignets... thank goodness for all of the walking!

Then we went back to rest before going back out to the Music Legends park and eating dinner at the second Cafe Beignet, and enjoying the live music.

We grabbed drinks at the Carousel Bar at the Hotel Monteleone again on our walk back to our hotel.

It was very busy, as it was a weekend this time... but it was nice.... and I always love a Pimm's Cup.

Have you ever gone back to a place you visited before? -did you feel differently about the place you visited?

See Day 2, and Day 3 Pt. 1, Day 3 Pt. 2, and Day 4.

See our first trip to NOLA.

Thank you for reading!



  1. looks amazing! i have never been to a place and loved it less the second time, i always love it more the second or third time! i'm pretty good at gauging if i don't really love a place and would be fine if i never went back. that vintage store looks so cool, i totally gravitate towards the more expensive things too!

  2. Looks lovely~ I would love to go there someday.

    Pink Wings

  3. That looks like so much fun. I'm impressed with how many pictures you took too--I sometimes forget to take many on vacations. Loved this recap of how you spent the day!
    Yes, my husband and I visited St. Louis this summer, and I had been there before. (I lived there for a semester in college.) It was great going back there with him!

  4. Don't you just love getaways? And they're even better when they're a surprise! I love your black and white striped top in one of the first pix. You two look like you had a blast!

  5. Looks like an amazing time! I really want to visit New Orleans this year!
    Melanie @

  6. Love New Orleans- and it looks and sounds like you guys had such an amazing time!

  7. Sounds & looks like an amazing trip. Okay, my biggest question after reading this is...what's a po'boy?!

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  8. i didn't know you were an art history major -- so was i :) there aren't too many of us, are there? also: i studied art history at tulane (in new orleans!) lots of beignets during my college days :)

  9. That's good to hear! I've been reading some about people who try to recreate a previous trip because they had so much fun the first time, but it's not the same, and therefore is less fun. So glad this was not the case for us, and never is for you! :) The curse right? I always want the $100 top. Oy. XO

  10. I hope you get the chance to soon Gina. It's my favorite US city so far! Excellent place for foodies too! XO - Alexandra

  11. Thanks Shea! I'm usually good with the destination pics, but forget to get some with us in them... haha so I am making a more conscious effort at that! St. Louis is so fun, underrated for sure I think! And a great drive from our neck of the woods! I want to keep taking little weekends out there! :) I'm glad you had fun and hope that you get to go back (or somewhere else) soon! XO

  12. They're the best Claire, and this one was so very needed. :) It was a great surprise. I am so grateful for all of the planning that KC put into it for me! Thank you so much, we really did have a great time. Thanks for stopping by! XO

  13. It was such a blast Melanie! I hope that you get to go! It's definitely my favorite US city still. :) Let me know if you do and I'll send you some recommendations! Been out of blog reading... excited to catch up though!! :) XO

  14. We did! Thank you so much. I'm excited to catch up on blogs, I hit a busy spell! XO

  15. Hi Carmen, Thanks for stopping by! It was such a great trip! Hehe I know, right? Po' boys are sandwiches. They are made on simple french bread, with shredded lettuce, tomato etc. I think the idea is that they are simple and cheap, especially if you put what is near you (in NOLA fish, shrimp, etc.) on them. Fun to try! Been super busy, sorry it took so long to get back to you! XO

  16. Hi Jennifer! Yes, I was. I ended up changing it, which kind of makes me sad to this day. But my favorite courses were Art History. I would go back and get a whole second degree. I found all of my flash cards the other day... oh the memories. It's fun to think that I have been seeing some of those pieces at museums I've visited around the country now! :) UM that's AMAZING! Art history at Tulane sounds like a dream!! Oh goodness, I bet you did. Beignets are the BEST! Been so swamped, excited to catch up on blog reading! XOXO


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