For several years now, Eric and I have been wanting to venture south for a winter getaway. Chicago winters can be tough to endure, and they tend to drag on well into the months when other parts of the country are enjoying Spring. So to have even just a long weekend to ditch our heavy winter layers would be bliss.
Every year we’ve wanted to get away, yet every year we’ve managed to talk ourselves out of it for one reason or another. Not enough money; not enough time off; who’ll take care of the dogs? There’s always something. But since our trip to Paris this past fall, we’ve both caught this sort of wanderlust and reached an important conclusion: we want our lives to be about what we do, not what we own. Because when it comes right down to it, it’s the memories we make together that are really going to matter and make us happy. With that in mind, and after much deliberation around when we could manage to get away, we booked our tickets for a four-day trip to NOLA this coming March!
We’ve been talking about New Orleans as a destination for a while now. My oldest sister did a year of AmeriCorps there and the way she described the city has always piqued my interest in checking it out. It doesn’t hurt that I’m a bit of a Francophile and the French influence on the region is still very well-preserved. I’ve also heard that New Orleans has some of the coolest cemeteries in the country, and so there is definitely a tour or two in our immediate future. For Eric, NOLA’s reputation as a foodie town is definitely at the forefront, and he’s super excited to eat his way through the weekend. Me, I plan to indulge in a cafe’ au lait and a yummy plate of beignets at the infamous Cafe Du Monde.
What else should we do while we’re there? We have four days of fun, so send your best New Orleans tips via the comments below!