When Hero and I were planning our wedding, we decided New Orleans would be a nice place to go for our honeymoon.
|Bourbon Street night scene|
Know that time in a relationship when you’re so in love you think the world revolves around the two of you, and you’re oblivious to the rest of the world? Yeah, that was us (and sometimes still is). What can I say, we are...um, a unique couple (sounds better than eccentric, right?). When Hero made hotel reservations, he learned our honeymoon coincided with Mardi Gras. How nice was that? All of New Orleans celebrating our marriage! Or not. Great timing for a honeymoon, except that all the hotels were booked.
|Hero's motto, |
is a virtue!"
|New Orleans Jackson Square|
Hero and I took several tours--a city tour, a graveyard tour, and a trip on a paddlewheeler down the Mississippi and back. We ate begnets at Drummond’s, gawked at the architecture, bought a watercolor from a street artist, and generally visited most of the famous tourist stops. We even shoved our way through revelers to watch parades. Sentimental packrat that I am, I still have some of the beads, a fan, and other trinkets tossed from the floats.
|Mississippi River paddlewheeler|
similar to one on which we toured
Here’s what we learned. We’re just not the let-it-all-hang-out kind of people. In fact, those people would no doubt say Hero and I are boring and straight-laced. Hmmm, maybe we appear so to them, but NOT to one another! Thank heavens!
|Watching the sunset|
Of course, you don't have to travel anywhere to celebrate Mardi Gras. If party-hearty is your style, this is the day to “Laissez les bon temps roiler!”