New Orleans is a wonderful city. I used to get my fix almost yearly when I would visit for Jazz Fest. Now it seems hard to fit in a Jazz Fest trip with all my other travel plans. My last visits have been limited to visiting my friend who lives close by the city and to attend a New Orleans wedding.
After a romantic proposal in the city, my friends S1 and S2 decided to get married there. It was a dream of S2 to get married in the beautiful Saint Louis Cathedral. Luckily there were both Catholic and able to do so.
We started the trip with some fun on the town. We hung out on Bourbon Street. Somehow I always seem to end up there even though those bars are not my favorite and I really want to make it down to Frenchman Street someday.
The night is started at Pat O’Briens and hurricanes must be had with good friends.
We then headed down to a couple dance clubs. One of which a couple in the group got to ride a mechanical bull (sorry no good pictures of this). The other was with this dude who hit on everything and would not leave anyone alone.
We got to do some of the normal tourist things on this trip. A walk around the French quarter exposed many talented street musicians.
We were also there close to the superbowl the year New Orleans Saints made it for the first time. There was a wonderful street parade to commemorate it. I have pictures from that in a separate post.
The main event was the wedding at Saint Louis Cathedral. The ceremony was beautiful. It was charming to have an old school Catholic priest to tell them that good Catholics should have many children.
The surprise for all the quests to participate in a Second Line immediately following the ceremony.
It was a cold January day so the second line was cut short and brought indoors to continue the party.
Following the second line party, we continued into the ballroom in the Bourbon Orleans Hotel to finish the reception.
So much fun the reception was that I forgot to take some good pictures. But trust me it was a blast.
The next day we once more visited our new favorite breakfast place The Old Coffee Pot.
Of course I do not make a trip to New Orleans without partaking in a bloody mary. This beautiful one was from Stanley Restaurant in Jackson square. New Orleans is one of the few places that utilizes the green bean as part of the bloody mary. Garnishes really make the mary.
Some other sightseeing goodies….
Also on the trip Carlos and I did a voodoo and cemetery tour, but I will save that for another post later.
Love New Orleans!!!