TRIP THEME......TRUE AND PURE JOY
(Unfortunately, you will be hearing those words quite a bit in this blog post....there were no better words to describe this experience that I was greatly blessed with)
Owned by the famous artist of the "Blue Dog" paintings....George Rodrigue
Rhonda LOVED taking pictures of my completely EMPTY plate
I know.....I am a pig I absolutely LOVE food
Rhonda told us about the famous rotating Carousel Bar in the hotel
But, there were NO horses to sit on with your drink
(Michelle and I thought that there should be.....I mean....what do YOU think of when you hear the word "Carousel".......yes, HORSES)
Even though there were no horses to sit on, the bar was absolutely beautiful
And then the famous clock that Rhonda showed us from "back in the day"
(It WAS in fact a gorgeous clock, but we kept referring to this clock all weekend and just laughed every time Rhonda said "Back in the day...)
See what a lady I was, by leaving 2 fries on my plate at Christine's Bridal luncheon.......and BTW, I DID in fact want to eat them, but I didn't because I had to show off my lady-like poise and self-control.....
Look at how I am really focused on what is being said at the head of the table, but I am REALLY thinking about the fries.
It is really NOT my fault......Those fries were freakishly good
They have Relics of this great Saint
Thank You my Great and Mighty Lord for showering you little girl with gift after gift
....the light shining onto this marvelous statue of Jesus, made a very powerful and stunning impact from Bourbon St.
My heart fluttered at its sight
We all took a picture in our chosen favorite spot.....needless to say, we did NOT spend too much time in there
WALKING TO OUR LAST DINNER IN NOLA
We saw these beautiful girls enjoying dinner in the window as we were leaving Muriel's and decided to make the girls laugh as we passed by the window....acting silly
DINNER AT PORT OF CALL
Home of the famous hamburgers paired with baked potatoes place
I could not believe that I was not eating Cajon food on my last night in New Orleans, but this place is a "Can't Miss", so....
I decided that NOLA hasn't let me down yet...I will order the burger
My yummy super thick hamburger with a side of a loaded baked potato...with a side of bacon
It was so much food....but somehow I managed to eat it all
And then we ate and laughed some more
Rhonda is SO FUNNY......she's just so FUN in general, especially on her old stomping ground
AFTER DINNER....BACK TO BOURBON ST TO MEET THE GIRLS
Nowhere other than PAT O's
Our Bartender, Mike....So friendly and kind the entire night
Kara Jean and our stunning bride, Christine
Pat O'Briens was such a great place for a super fun time just laughing and laughing.....
When you are with your mom friends and the Journey Song starts up, with the lyrics......
"Just a small town girl...."
You Immediately break into yell-singing and dancing as you scream into your friend's fist like a microphone!
Michelle and I were just scream-singing to "Don't Stop Believing", when Rhonda politely offer Michelle and I her fist, as a microphone
That is just what Friends do........
We had no choice
.....there are just some songs that cause this.....BTW, the next song was Bon Jovi's "Living on a Prayer"
....more yell-singing and dancing
We were again transformed into silly little girls as we danced and sang! Rhonda even tried to teach me some of her super trendy "Saintsations" moves.....She WAS in fact a New Orlean's Saints Cheerleader....Yeah, she was!!
Well she showed me her moves, but yeah.....I can't dance, but we did have a good time laughing so hard as I gave it a try!
The wedding party girls left us and we just sat and visited for hours! I didn't want it to ever end!
WE LEFT PAT O'BRIENS THINKING THAT WE WERE GOING BACK TO THE HOTEL
....But, we did not
This gives me a great opportunity to tell you all about Kara Jean
This amazingly fun and happy girl (who grew up in New Orleans with Rhonda) is one of the funnest and most joyfully and loving people that I have ever met
Kara Jean knew absolutely EVERYONE on Bourbon St.
She knows no stranger as she genuinely connects with everyone.
She leaves each and every face with a purely happy smile
She taught Senior English in the St.. Bernard Parish public high school and a lot of her former students now work in the restaurants/ bars on Bourbon St..
We even got to meet some of them
This is one of her students, working at one of the Margherita/pizza bars. He was SO kind and was SO excited when Kara walked in
Her students truly love her so much because she truly loves her students.
You can tell the respect that they all have for her. She is someone that is making a different in her community.
I want to touch people like Kara does.
You continue to amaze and delight me through the special people with whom You place into my life