This year for our wedding anniversary we decided to take a trip over to New Orleans. It is a 5 hour drive from us, so we decided while we were so close we had to check it out. It was an phenomenal weekend. We were able to focus entirely on the two of us. It was a blissful weekend, ambrosial to the senses!
We decided during planning that we didn't want to not do something just because of the price. Our first anniversary we skipped out on a fun opportunity that we have regretted ever since (hot air balloon....but we were poor newly weds!) So this trip we were fortunate enough to do it all. Our hotel, the Omni, was lovely, historic, and romantic. We had a balcony that overlooked the quarter, and we were only a few blocks from Bourbon street. We checked into the hotel, changed our clothes and headed out to find dinner and explore the area.
After talking to a homeless man on the street corner, we picked a fancy place for dinner, Antoine's. Jon and I looked at the menus and started to realize this place was in fact more fancy that we are. But it was fun to dine in a classy place for a change. Antoine's gave Jon the best ribeye he had ever had (apparently), and my chicken was delicious as well. I might have been happier at Olive Garden, but I tried to pretend I was high class for one night!
Perhaps my favorite part was our time I like to think of as "Romance on the River". We strolled hand in hand down the river walk and lounged on benches, and kissed like a young dating couple again. With no where we had to be, and no one else around we were accountable to, we got to simply be together. It was a pure moment in time where I clearly remembered why I feel in love with this man those long years ago!
For brunch the next morning we headed to the Court of Two Sisters. The court was perfect in every way! The canopy of twisted limbs and beautiful windows and aged brick were breathtaking. I wanted to just sit there all day eating the delicious food and soaking in the atmosphere.
After brunch and checking out of our hotel we headed over to the Audubon Aquarium. We went snorkeling in a fish/ray tank there. Oh we also met a white alligator, which is fun considering my recent alligator obsession! At the snorkeling, they gave us go pro cameras to use during the dive. I was so pumped to try out the hip, cool camera! We suited up in our sexy wet suits, that we found in our individual lockers, and used our go pro for the rest of the pictures.
Well except maybe our visit to the cemetery. Who knew cemeteries had visiting hours?! I never in a million years would have thought we had to check a schedule to walk around an old cemetery. But again the fates were with me. From the gate we could see this:
In summary, New Orleans was great for us. Ideal way to celebrate 8 years of us. And I find it sad that in our 8 years together I haven't given us a celebrity couple name....like Sanathan, or Joarah. Ok, maybe we don't have a good celebrity name. If you come up with a catchy one let me know for use in the future!