Do you ever need a break from the hustle and bustle of life? It’s nice to just kick back and relax now and then. For some of us, that means travel, visiting the spa or whatever helps you to relax. My husband and I make it a point to plan a getaway without the kids every year. It’s important that we reconnect from time to time.
It’s never easy during the school year because of the kids activities, but somehow we make it happen. After writing a three page schedule for my cousin, I began to wonder if it’s worth it. We should just stay home. Well, we didn’t and I’m glad we went.
The truth is sometimes we lose ourselves in the midst of his travel with work, the kid’s schedules and all the demands of everyday life. So off we went to The Big Easy.
I used to fret a lot about leaving the kids, but they are always in good hands while we are away. We chose New Orleans as our getaway destination. Although we’ve been to New Orleans at least five times in the last 15 years. There is always something new to see and do. This time around we invited my sister-in-law and her husband. It was their first time there. They both have a great sense of humor and are always game for a good time.
Our biggest worry for three whole days was how we were going to entertain ourselves and what we were going to eat. We ate good and lived spontaneously.
We stayed at the Intercontinental Hotel which was very nice. The New Orleans Saints also stayed at the Intercontinental on Saturday night before the big game against Green Bay.
The Packers have loyal fans who travel to support their team. They were all over New Orleans. People were really pumped up about this game.
We stopped by Café Du Monde for beignets. I know, talk about unhealthy….What can I say! We splurged. Fortunately, we did A LOT of walking.
These little gators did not move. You wonder if they are alive. They would definitely win a game of freeze tag.
We saw a wild pig on our boat tour. Apparently, they have become a big nuisance in the area. Check this one out, it’s searching for food.
Our tour guide said if we came face to face with a gator it would probably swim away. I’m not so sure I believe that but he knows more than I do about gators. Let’s just say, I will do everything I can “not” to be in that situation.
Cruisin from the canal into the bayou. The canal is not very deep and is man-made. That was my understanding.
The photo below is a closeup of the largest living gator in the swamp estimated at 11 or 12 feet.
This guy decided to hang out on the dock, so we got off on the other dock.
These are just a few highlights from our weekend getaway. We had a great time.
Take some time together even if it’s just a walk in the park. If you like being in the city, and enjoy good food, New Orleans is a great place to visit. We went home feeling rejuvenated and ready for the world.
How do you relax and get away from it all?
Peace and Blessings,