Good times were shared between great friends old and new when we traveled to New Orleans on a whim. The weekend was what we needed. I was happy to get away to enjoy new scenery, eat amazing seafood, connect with new friends and walk the streets of NOLA like I had the keys to the city. My travel companions came from the Philadelphia, Virginia and me and my travel partner flew in from NC.
Side Bar: Spirit Airlines was our choice airline. We has a smooth flight, the big seats in the front were clutch. I fit with no problem and almost didn't need a seatbelt extender. I am sold on Spirit, and I'll be flying wherever their airline will take me.
We arrived, checked-in and grabbed lunch at a local favorite, Lil; Dizzys Cafe. This modest yet popular corner location provided a soul food buffet that will make you hurt yourself, heart-warming southern hospitality, real sweet tea and an atmosphere where you feel like everybody knows your name. The southern fried chicken, greens and cornbread made you wish you had more room at the bottom right corner of your stomach. Listen, we ate what we could wishing we could eat more, but we figured we would just go back before we left. We met the queen of gumbo who was proud to report she was youtube famous as she pulled out her phone to show us her receipts. Now that I think about it, this may have been one of my favorite highlights of the weekend besides the new tattoo I decided to get (I'll share that later).
NOLA is a beautiful place to visit, it's simple. Filled with wonderful people, tons of rich African American history and faithful football fans, there is something for everyone. We rode the trolly from one end of the line to the next...let's just say it was very entertaining. I hugged one of the local homeless trolly riders and of course he had to hold on a lil too long. I thought he was harmless...NOT.
We visited a local plantation and went on a crocodile tour. I wish I could tell you that I had a good time, but what I will say is this; when we go back in May, 2020 I will be better ready. To end a awesome weekend, we lost money at the nearby casino and laughed about it. As long as you were playing you could order drinks. Well me and my homegirl didn't know you had to play 20 minutes in between drinks -so we played 3 min and ordered another drink. The waitress was kind enough to inform us of the rule...so we slowed down the sips and hit the button less and less to help the time go by.
Cafe Beignet is where I met Jesus on a Sunday morning in the form of a little powered pocket of sweet goodness doused in white powder goodness paired with a bourbon mango slushy all before noon. Let me tell you again...I met Jesus in that cafe and He still saves.
Until next time, Travel Ofter Travel Well. Join us in NOLA May, 2020.