HUGE Thank you to our cousin Ali for flying into town and watching our children while we were gone! She was the bomb treated the gals like cool cousins should with cupcakes and living room movie sleepovers 🙂
Saturday I woke up with my 60% of my senses back so we rushed to eat beignets. It was only a cruel joke though because it was down to 10% by the afternoon. Besides my immune system sabotaging my trip, this was my favorite day. We started off eating at Cake Cafe in the Marigny neighborhood then got dropped off at Bacchanal (pictured below) at the end of the Bywater neighborhood. Bacchanal is a wine bar with beautiful outdoor seating and stage for live music. It’s probably a good thing I couldn’t drink because it would have been easy to stay there for hours. From here we walked through Bywater, Marigny, Frenchmen Street to Bourbon. Visually New Orleans is beautiful! The architecture, the colors, old sidewalks, I loved it all. Honestly, I’m thankful (I can say this now) that I have reasons to return. In the end, I found out on Monday that I have a double ear infection and sinus infection. Sorry Andy for not being the best travel partner but it turned out I’m a grown toddler ; )
Even though I woke up still unable to smell or taste anything : ( my adrenaline was high in anticipation for our air-boat swamp tour. And boy, the tour did not disappoint. Southern tour guide who has spent his whole life working with alligators – check. Fast air-boat ride – check. Seeing an alligator in the wild – check. Afterwards we drove to a local dive for lunch and then spent the afternoon walking trails in the Jean Lafitte National Park. Praying I would get my senses back for dinner at Vessel was useless. Might have had a breakdown watching Andy eat an amazing dinner while I was accepting my no food or drink fate, might have.
We have arrived in the Crescent City. We spent our first day wandering around the mansions and shops of the Garden District and then headed up to the French Quarter for dinner. It was beautiful and the food looked good. I emphasize “looked” because I can’t smell or taste ANYTHING. Those donuts down there? I tried one. It tasted like nothing, though it was soft. Why is this happening to me?
It’s amazing this week looked as cool as it did considering it was beyond terrible. 2 doctor appointments, double ear infection, possible pneumonia, and a really bad cold just for me. Thank god my sister came down and saved one of our days to spend with the patient who looks “really sick” eating ice cream above.