On our second trip to New Orleans this year I wanted to stay closer to Bourbon Street. We walked our legs off the last time we visited New Orleans. I found the Hotel St Marie and it’s one Block off Bourbon Street. Perfect. It was very easy to find and there is a parking garage. So when you go to check in you don’t have to worry about trying to find parking on the street. We paid for parking through the hotel. Once we handed off the keys we never needed them again. It was great to be able to slip back to the room to rest.
We stayed in room 223. It was huge and had a courtyard balcony. This was the best location we have found so far.
The hotel wraps completely around the courtyard. Our balcony is one of the small ones on the right in the picture. A larger balcony would have been the only thing that would have made our stay even better.
Vacherie is the restaurant in the Hotel. It’s so good that the locals eat there.
We were very pleased with the Hotel St Marie. The hotel staff is very friendly and helpful. The location can’t be beat. We will be staying here again.
I was digging in a box and came across some post cards from my 2002 trip to Las Vegas. I thought I’d share. Some of these hotels are still there and sadly some are gone.
Las Vegas Strip.
I love the FREE entertainment you can find in Vegas.
When we booked the Riviera we had no clue how far down the strip it was. We almost walked our legs off.
Gondola Rides at the Venetian. When you can’t make it to Venice it’s the next best thing.
We rode the roller-coaster on the top of New York New York.
Knights in Shining Armor at Excalibur.
Pink and Lenny Kravitz in concert at Mandalay Bay August 2002.
The Bellagio Gardens are beautiful any time of the year.
I can not tell a Story. We didn’t go in the Monte Carlo. I’m sure it was grand.
Stardust 1958-2006 The last day of operation was November 1st, 2006. I was in Jamaica getting married on the same day.
Luxor. The grand pyramids of Egypt.
This trip holds a lot of meaning for me. I hope you enjoy my walk down memory lane.
November 22nd is Go For a Ride Day. It doesn’t matter how you get there or where you go. Hop in your car, turn the radio up and drive. Get on your bike and travel a new path. Wherever you chose to go or however you chose to get there enjoy the ride. Here are a few rides I have enjoyed.
Davey Crockett National Forest Texas
On the way to the Texas Renaissance Festival
Caddo Lake State Park Texas
We stopped at Oak Alley Plantation on our way home from New Orleans. There are quite a few plantations about an hour outside New Orleans that you can visit and tour. We always seem to be tired and ready to get home so haven’t had to time to go inside any of them yet. I love the buildings and grounds, but plan on making more trips back to spend more time exploring the past. Oak Alley is where Interview with a Vampire was filmed and we missed it on our trip in the spring so I had to see it this time. There is a quarter of a mile alley of Virginia Live Oaks that lead to the house. I can just imagine a horse and buggy driving between the oaks and pulling up to the front entrance.
Oak Alley was built in the 1830’s. It is still a working Sugarcane Plantation today.
The Plantation Bell was the communication system for the plantation. Each ring had a different meaning. The Oak Alley Bell was cast in 1848 and is still used to signal the guided tours beginning.
Above is a fire extinguisher that was used on plantations. I’m not sure exactly how effective it might have been.
After looking at all the sites stop by the Oak Alley Plantation Restaurant and have some lunch. Our Pecan Pie had more pecans that pie in it. The menu tells what page each item can be found on in the Plantation’s Cookbook. Everything we ate was so good that we came home with that cookbook. Now I have to see if I can do it justice.
Finish your visit off with a Mint Julep.