It’s no secret that El Hombre and I like road trips. There’s a certain sense of adventure in exploring back roads, stumbling in to small restaurants and shops and experiencing the countryside. In our 8 and a half years together, our trips have become more about this level of exploration and our trip last week was no different. We flew in to New Orleans and drove a total 1,200 miles back to Miami.
As I alluded in my last post, our trip didn’t start off quite the way one hopes. We got to the airport with plenty of time, but the security lines were so out of control, we missed our flight. We tried to fly standby on the next flight, but it quickly became apparent that we were doomed to sit in the Miami Airport all day with little chance out getting out. So we ended up at the rebooking counter to see what we could do. Long story short, we ended up calling reservations and flying out the next day. Major shout out to the American Airlines rep we talked to – she was an absolute godsend. Side Note: Always be nice to customer service reps. It’s not their fault when bad things happen.
Sunday we took off and landed in New Orleans, picked up our car and checked in to our hotel. Again, the Guest Services Manager here is amazing. Even though we booked through a third party, she was able to find our reservation and transfer it to the next day. When we arrived, she greeted us with warmth and a hug. How amazing is that when you’ve had a hectic few days of travel? El Hombre went to find parking and I camped out on the porch with my book and watched people meander through the Quarter.
Once El Hombre made his way back to the hotel (He took his time to explore the French Quarter) we set out to explore. Because we were nestled in the heart of the French Quarter, everything was thankfully close by, with plenty of places to stop and rest. Both of us had only been to New Orleans once before, but the charm of the city re-intoxicated us. The historic vibe with the southern charm and quirkiness is something you must experience. The food is amazing and the people are friendly and interesting.
Below are some pictures from our day and a half in New Orleans before we took off to explore the Mississippi and Alabama coasts.
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