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.
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.
Everyone was decked out in their Christmas Finest.
Christmas Trees and Decorations can be found throughout the Festival on this weekend.
I love the music that you find on different stages.
We eat our way around the Festival. Everything is delicious.
As the sun went down, the Christmas lights started to twinkle.
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…
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.
The Big Buddha is on top of a large hill. We could see it clearly from our Villa in Karon. Entry is free, but donations are accepted. The Buddha is still under construction. Donations are what is paying to build it. The view from around the Buddha is beautiful. Women have to cover their shoulders. […]
The Phuket Botanic Gardens is a hidden treasure. The entry fee is $500 Baht per person. (about $16 US) It was worth every penny. The gardens are set up by category. It was absolutely beautiful. Words don’t do it justice and neither do the pictures. We could have spent half the day looking at all […]
We explored Phang Nga Bay with the Sea Cave Canoe tour. We booked it through our resort. They picked us up in a bus from the resort. Drove us from Karon, Phuket to their pier. It was about an hour drive. The scenery on the way was beautiful. Once we arrived everyone loaded onto the boat. They served us drinks and snacks and we were off. Once we arrived at our destination each set of people were paired with a canoe guide. He paddled us around the whole day. Our guy didn’t speak the best English, but he really didn’t have to say much. The sites we saw said enough. We canoed through 3 different caves. They were not what I was expecting. Once you get through the cave to the interior of the island it is open sky above. Some of the entrances were a tight fit, but we made it. Lunch was served on the boat. It was a variety of foods. Everyone found plenty that they liked to eat. Once we were done with the cave we headed to Lawa Island. We spent about an hour on the island. There were bathrooms and a Tiki Bar that served drinks and snacks for a fee. You really didn’t need anything because there were drinks and snacks on the boat for free. The hubby and I enjoyed Mai Tai’s and relaxed. Next stop was back to the pier then the bus back to the resort. It is an all day excursion. We loved it.