Happy Sunday everyone. I am BACK from my first solo vacation to New Orleans…and am totally worn out. Thank goodness I took today to recover before going back to work. I needed it.
Before I left, I was a little nervous but excited. And then I arrived and got really excited!
Seriously, is planning and going on vacation is that easy? I used to think it was so taxing and time consuming but it’s really not and it’s so worth it. And going by myself, while nervewracking, was awesome. I don’t know what I was so scared of.
And having a break from email, computer, TV and Blackberry (mostly) was awesome.
Normally, I’m a planner but I went to Nola with ideas and a list of things to do but with nothing nailed down. I was trying to be…somewhat spontaneous, which I rarely am. And I got to do some cool stuff.
I mentioned Thursday that I loved wandering the French Quarter and that was my favorite part of the trip. I spent a lot of time doing that, taking photos of the architecture and streets. You can see a lot of crazy stuff there that it was fun to just take in the history walking around.
I also took a cemetery and Katrina tour. The former was really interesting. And despite it being 90, sunny and humid, it was amazing to wander through the above ground graves, seeing how gorgeous and ornate they are.
The Katrina tour was tough, as expected. I felt awful sitting in a van, driving through areas still devastated and not rebuilt five years later, but it was important to see. I saw the coverage originally from my computer, shocked by the images, but seeing it in person was still tough. We saw homes missing from neighborhoods, the levee that broke and the areas being rebuilt by Brad Pitt and Project Home Again.
No lie, I was really excited about the food. I am trying to be more adventurous with food and Nola is the perfect place to step out of my comfort zone.
And I did!
Here are some of my food faves:
Fried green tomatoes (with crawfish)
Very tasty and light and slightly sweet
REALLY tasty and spicy. Tastes like calamari, not chicken :)
I love regular oysters but this was taking it to a new level. Really tasty and delicious
I’ve grown to love banana desserts and with a tip from EP and tableside preparation, this tasted like heaven on the cloud
This is one HUGE sandwich. I only got a quarter size and it was huge. The mix of ham, pastrami, salami and housemade olive salad was delish!
Strawberry Balsamic gelato (thanks Renee for the tip!)
I could talk about the food porn for days but seriously, it was amazing food. I could not get enough!
Street entertainment is awesome in Nola. There are always people dancing, singing, playing music or posing as art in the streets. And the music there was incredible. So rich and fun. I was blown away by the talent.
I also got to check out Preservation Hall for some old school jazz and despite it being 90 and no AC, the sound was incredible. What a great setting.
Now tomorrow starts a new week back at work and the countdown to Vegas continues! I still need to get used to traveling alone but I’m really proud of myself for tackling a two of my fears: traveling and dining alone. Big pat on the back for me.
How was your weekend?
Review blog update: No movies this week but I did find a great SPF lotion from CVS I loved and used on my trip!