A blast from the past (or a couple years ago)…

In 2010, I went on my first Spring Break vacation with one of my good friends and her mom. I had loads of fun and just have to share the gorgeous photos I found. It’s raining and dreary today so I had to brighten it up a little. I will admit, some of the photos are of rather horrible quality, so I apologize in advance.

We drove and made stops in New Orleans (which was my first time to go there),  Mobile, Alabama, where we went to Hooter’s then on to Mississippi for a quick break from driving. When we finally arrived…it was breathtaking. Ever since then I have wanted to go back. Once I show you the photos…I think you’ll agree!

First was good ‘ol New Orleans, where we secretly drank hurricanes while walking down Bourbon St. Pretty fun I might add…and it was at night.

In NOLA people always pose for me. I love it!

 

Picture quality is horrid, but you get the idea

My favorite shop.

We wished.

And here is during the day on our way back…

Jackson Square.

 

Mmm..muffoletto.

He was a character!

Then on to the main attraction…Panama City Beach!

 

Oh you know, the typical tourist behavior.

We had the amazing opportunity to stay at the Holiday Inn Resort right on the beach.

Ha!

The resort was gorgeous and had everything you could need right there. We ate at the restaurant inside the hotel one night and my friend’s mom got a swordfish meal which looked beautiful and tasted amazing!

After our first night there, we wandered on down to the Pier Park!

Margaritaville! Too bad we were under 21 at the time…

Our waiter was extremely nice…I guess that’s why we were forced to take a picture with him ha!

This was the second hotel we stayed at. The Hilton.

Ever since we went, I have wanted to go back so bad…maybe that will happen soon. 😉

-C-

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A quick excursion down to New Orleans

Everyone has to do it at least once in their lives. New Orleans has been a city gossiped about for centuries, with reason of course. Today my dad and I took a quick trip down to “The Big Easy”. The drive went well and was only an hour and a half. Thankfully.

The sun was shining, the heat index was increasing, and the people were friendly. Even though I look like a baked chicken right now, I had fun.

Walking a few blocks from a nice (and reasonably priced) parking lot, we made our way to the French Quarter area. I must say, for a hurricane just passing through there, I didn’t notice at all. It looked as beautiful as ever. I loved the greenery hanging from every balcony, the trees on every block. It was just gorgeous. I know, I know…it’s hard to believe since it’s the Mardi Gras party city once a year, but it’s true. We didn’t make our way down to Bourbon Street. That’ll be for another trip. Possibly one WITHOUT my dad so I can taste the local…cuisine.

We did however visit the French Market. Even though there weren’t a lot of tourists around town it looked as if all of them were in that one strip of sidewalk. I did enjoy checking out all of the different booths and interesting people who ran them. I could spend quite a few bucks in there. Yep. We decided to high tail it when a foreign guy followed us around for a little bit trying to sell us items. No means no.

After that, sweaty and hungry, we landed at the Gazebo Cafe which is a lovely outside restaurant with the most delicious muffaletta’s ever! And they have jazz bands playing too which gives it the right atmosphere. If you visit NOLA, you must try one. And when I say one I clearly mean a half or a fourth of one because they are huge! I could only eat a fourth. I know, I’m a wuss. Our waiter was an interesting little guy until he called me my dad’s wife. Eww. Sadly, that happened twice today.

After finishing our delicious sandwich, we strolled on to the candy shop a few feet away and scrounged us up a couple award-winning pecan pralines. I must say, they tasted GOOD.

Even though I would have liked to have visited Bourbon Street and a few other areas, I did enjoy our short trip. They had tons of adorable hotels to stay at right in the midst of the French Quarter if you do plan to make a weekend of it or whatever. I do plan on going on a haunted cemetery tour of New Orleans sometime soon. That’s right up my alley.

So if you’re ever down in the deep south of Louisiana you should totally stop by. Parking is cheap, the food is great, the atmosphere is 1 of a kind. You will enjoy it, but I do warn you…if you go around a holiday be ready for a crowd. But you already knew that. 😉

-C-