I’m thinking of starting a new series where I gush about…you guessed it, cities that I love to visit! I just returned from a work / play trip to New Orleans and decided that I had to write about this special place that I truly love. Thus, the series was born.
Amazing music, friendly people, crazy culture and go cups. Where else but the Big Easy can you have all of the above? When I arrived at my hotel[link to ih], the first employee I met inquired where I was from. When I said Washington, DC, he sighed. “I get nervous when DC people from DC come here because they’re always here to work. y’all need to learn how relax a bit.” I reassured him that although I was in town for business, I would be getting in plenty of time to play. And I did.
As coincidence would have it, a good friend from DC was also in New Orleans for a work conference. We met up on our first night for dinner, drinks and jazz. We had a blast! Dinner was at EAT new orleans and was amazing. So.much.delicious.food. Oh, the gumbo. The gumbo. So yummy! After dinner, we strolled through the French Quarter, watched lots of old drunk people and enjoyed some of the best live music I’ve heard in a long while. Minus the fact that everyone in New Orleans smokes all the time (yuck), it was such a fun, delightful evening.
I also got to spend the afternoon catching up with Em, one of my girl friends from college. She lives in New Orleans and I’ve gotten to chance to hang out with her and her husband on my last few visits. However this time, I had the extra special privilege of getting to meet their new baby girl, Claire! Claire is precious (see below) and I loved hanging out with her. Look at that cutie pie face!!
On my last night in town, I caught up with a couple of former students. We watched basketball and I almost cried as my bracket was busted before my eyes! After basketball, those crazy kids wanted to head the casino. I had an early morning flight, so I didn’t stay long but I was there long enough to watch them do pretty well on the craps table. What can I say — I love this city! Laissez les bons temps rouler!