Hotel St Marie New Orleans

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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.

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We stayed in room 223. It was huge and had a courtyard balcony. This was the best location we have found so far.

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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.

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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.

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Festival of Trees

Festival of Trees at Museum of East Texas 2013 (1a)The Festival of Trees is a collection of over 90 Christmas trees on display at the Museum of East Texas in Lufkin Texas.

Festival of Trees at Museum of East Texas 2013 (14) Festival of Trees at Museum of East Texas 2013 (19) Festival of Trees at Museum of East Texas 2013 (19a) Festival of Trees at Museum of East Texas 2013 (27)The trees are sponsored by local businesses, family’s and organizations.

Festival of Trees at Museum of East Texas 2013 (6) Festival of Trees at Museum of East Texas 2013 (12) Festival of Trees at Museum of East Texas 2013 (29) Festival of Trees at Museum of East Texas 2013 (43) Festival of Trees at Museum of East Texas 2013 (45)All of the trees have a theme. Some are traditional, some not so traditional, all are beautiful.

Festival of Trees at Museum of East Texas 2013 (49) Festival of Trees at Museum of East Texas 2013 (51) Festival of Trees at Museum of East Texas 2013 (52) Festival of Trees at Museum of East Texas 2013 (53) Festival of Trees at Museum of East Texas 2013 (54) Festival of Trees at Museum of East Texas 2013 (56)It is free to the public to see the spectacular display of trees. However there is a donation box set up that benefits the Art Camp Sponsorships.

Texas Renaissance Celtic Christmas

112913 Texas Renaissance Festival (2)The last weekend of the Texas Renaissance Festival is the Celtic Christmas Weekend. The festival is open the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday after Thanksgiving. We went on Friday thinking there wouldn’t be a big crowd since so many people do Black Friday Shopping. We were wrong, it was just as packed as ever.

112913 Texas Renaissance Festival (5)Everyone was decked out in their Christmas Finest.

112913 Texas Renaissance Festival (4)Christmas Trees and Decorations can be found throughout the Festival on this weekend.

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112913 Texas Renaissance Festival (91) Shrimp and BeerWe eat our way around the Festival. Everything is delicious.

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112913 Texas Renaissance Festival (171) 112913 Texas Renaissance Festival (166) 112913 Texas Renaissance Festival (173) Royal Mint 112913 Texas Renaissance Festival (178)As the sun went down, the Christmas lights started to twinkle.

112913 Texas Renaissance Festival (181) 112913 Texas Renaissance Festival (209) 112913 Texas Renaissance Festival (218) 112913 Texas Renaissance Festival (227) 112913 Texas Renaissance Festival (242) 112913 Texas Renaissance Festival (245) 112913 Texas Renaissance Festival (252) 112913 Texas Renaissance Festival (257a)The time has changed so it gets darker faster. We ended the night with Italian Cream Cheese Cake and Hot Chocolate. Now we wait until next year…

Las Vegas Postcards

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.

083002 Las Vegas PostcardLas Vegas Strip.

083002 Mirage Hotel (1)I love the FREE entertainment you can find in Vegas.

083002 Riviera Hotel (1)When we booked the Riviera we had no clue how far down the strip it was. We almost walked our legs off.

083002 Venetian Hotel (1)Gondola Rides at the Venetian. When you can’t make it to Venice it’s the next best thing.

083102 (1) New York New YorkWe rode the roller-coaster on the top of New York New York.

083102 (9) ExcaliburKnights in Shining Armor at Excalibur.

083102 (18) Mandalay Bay Lenny Kravitz PinkPink and Lenny Kravitz in concert at Mandalay Bay August 2002.

090102 Las Vegas (1) Bellagio HotelThe Bellagio Gardens are beautiful any time of the year.

090102 Las Vegas (17) Monte CarloI can not tell a Story. We didn’t go in the Monte Carlo. I’m sure it was grand.

090102 Las Vegas (18) Stardust 1958-2006Stardust 1958-2006 The last day of operation was November 1st, 2006. I was in Jamaica getting married on the same day.

090102 Las Vegas (19) Sahara Hotel 1952-2011Sahara 1952-2011

090102 Las Vegas (20) LuxorLuxor. The grand pyramids of Egypt.

This trip holds a lot of meaning for me. I hope you enjoy my walk down memory lane.

Go For a Ride Day

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.

Davy Crockett National Forest Davey Crockett National Forest  Texas

101312On the way to the Texas Renaissance Festival

083113 Caddo Lake State Park (31)Caddo Lake State Park Texas

 

Oak Alley Plantation Louisiana

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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 Plantation Sugar Kettle

Oak Alley was built in the 1830’s. It is still a working Sugarcane Plantation today.

Oak Alley Plantation Communication BellThe 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.

Oak Alley Plantation Fire ExtinguisherAbove is a fire extinguisher that was used on plantations. I’m not sure exactly how effective it might have been.

Oak Alley Plantation Restaurant Pecan PieAfter 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.

Oak Alley Plantation Restaurant Mint JulepFinish your visit off with a Mint Julep.

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