Over the summer Shelby and I did something we NEVER get to do, we took an adults only trip to Louisiana. Shelby lived in LA through high school and in to college, so for him it was nice taking a trip back there. For me, I had never been to any of these cool places and I was so excited to mark them off my bucket list! We visited New Orleans, Oak Alley Plantation, Shelby’s old stomping grounds, and LSU.
It is a fairly short drive for us, so we were able to take off after work and school on a Friday and spend an extended weekend there. We stayed in Metairie, which is a little quieter and we enjoyed that. It was a short drive to New Orleans and to Oak Alley Plantation. Every night we would venture out to Whole Foods and grab some cookies to take back to the hotel. They have the best chocolate chip cookies, by the way.
The first day (and we went back again before we left) we took in New Orleans. I am so happy we could visit here. I had wanted to, but never had the opportunity. Living in the south right now makes it a little easier! We woke up and tried to get there super early to beat the crowds, and we totally did! We walked straight to Cafe Du Monde (visit here) and were able to walk right in and get a table. That place was already packed, so those people must have camped out overnight. The cafe au lait was SO good, and the beignets were too. It was a great breakfast to start out our day. I loved the environment and the atmosphere. It was a nice little treat!
After breakfast we shopped around a little bit right next to the cafe, and then ventured across the street to see the most beautiful cathedral, the St. Louis Cathedral (visit here). I don’t know that I’ve ever been inside a cathedral before, and I couldn’t get over how beautiful it was! It was HOT in New Orleans that day, and we were able to sit down inside and take it all in. It was so peaceful and quiet. We were able to walk all around and take a look up close at some of the beautiful artwork. I could stare at the ceiling all day long. At the back of the cathedral was the most beautiful organ. I would have loved to be able to be there on a Sunday morning.
We walked our legs off this day trekking all over downtown New Orleans. I loved seeing the balconies with the ferns and the neat architecture. We walked down an empty Bourbon Street, but many signs from the night before were still there. haha.
We visited the Aquarium which was a lot of fun for us. (visit here) We enjoy those types of things, but we always have the kids and it’s all about them. We were able to take our time and look at what we wanted. Made us feel like kids I guess!
One of our favorite experiences was the National WWII Museum. (visit here) It’s designated by Congress as the official museum for WWII. It was so nice inside and really, really neat. We learned so much being there. When we lived in Hawaii we visited their WWII museum centering around Pearl Harbor, so it was neat for us to be on the other side of that and see more about WWII. They really did a great job making it a top notch experience. We will definitely go back!
One of the more relaxing parts about visiting New Orleans was the street cars! We took a street car from one end all the way to the other. It took us through the Garden District where all the BIG beautiful houses were. I would love to take an afternoon stroll through these neighborhoods someday!
We took a day and made our way to Vacherie, LA to visit Oak Alley Plantation. (visit here) This has been a bucket list item for me for a long time. I was SO excited to make this dream a reality! I love old houses, old historical houses. This place was so beautiful, and our tour guide was amazing. He taught us so much history about the plantation and about the times and about the people who lived there. The trees are insane. They are H U G E ! We were also able to walk through the area in which the slaves lived. They truly were the backbone of the plantation. That was a somber experience from our time there. Our tour guide told us the plantation next door is where they filmed part of 12 Years a Slave.
This trip was so nice for us. We walked ourselves to death, but had the best time. I travelled a lot growing up, but our little family doesn’t get to travel that much. It was fun making some memories with just Shelby. I think I’m going to talk him in to traveling to some other popular southern places while we are still here!
And lastly, no trip to LA would be complete without a little stop by LSU. Shelby went there in the beginning of his college days, and over this past year I’ve become a fan on my own through LSU Baseball. He got to show me around and admire at how much had changed since he had been there last. It was fun watching him reminisce about his LSU Tiger Band days!