Goodbyes in the Big Easy

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After a fun-filled week of beaches, good food, canoeing, painting, escaping from rooms, and tons and tons of laughs, we headed to New Orleans for the last couple of days with my dad and stepmom.  New Orleans is truly a one-of-a-kind city and it surprises me every time I visit.  I’m a sucker for all the jazz, bright colors, voodoo, and nightlife.  Oh, and the food.

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We stayed by the French Quarter so that we could walk everywhere we wanted to go, which was a huge bonus because I AM ADDICTED TO POKEMON GO NOW.  I caught some pretty good stuff.  I’m going to be so depressed if Turkey does not have Pokemon Go by the time we get back.  After walking by all the horse-drawn carriages and street artists, we decided to stop for some good Cajun food, which ranks only slightly below Mexican food in my book.  I am a sucker for anything spicy and I love me some good seafood.

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It was sooooooooo good…especially the grilled shrimp and crawfish.  We also couldn’t skip out on dessert.  We were already stuffed, but we still managed to shovel in some praline bread pudding.

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I’ve never seen such happiness on his face.

We walked  crawled over to the French Market with full stomachs to browse the little shopping stands.  It seemed so orderly compared to all the crazy bazaars I’ve gotten used to.  We ended up grabbing a couple of eclectic voodoo doll prints and some sunglasses (since the whole world has basically become a giant grave for all of our broken/lost sunglasses).  I would’ve loved to buy more stuff, but you know…suitcase space. It’s precious.

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After a little shopping, we wandered over to Bourbon Street to admire all of the beautiful houses and cool off with some cold ones.

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The combination of French charm and Southern flair was on point.

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Of course, no trip to New Orleans would be complete without a stop at Cafe du Monde for beignets and chicory coffee.

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Someone pulled the sugar lid prank at our table.

We ended our night by catching some Pokemon along the water and heading back to the hotel for unlimited free wine for their social mixer hours.  It was pretty hard to leave after so much fun with everyone!!  This will definitely not  be our last visit to this fun and funky city.

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