So, I decided to start blogging again. With all of these new blogs popping up, I really felt like I was missing out on something that I used to enjoy. I have plans to start back blogging and revamping my page! In the meantime, I’m just going to start with what I’ve been up to.
My boyfriend and I decided to go to Mardi Gras this year and it was both of our first time in New Orleans! I had always wanted to o to Mardi Gras after seeing my mom’s pictures there from the 80’s and also seeing friends who went while in college. I almost didn’t want to go this year, though, because we started planning so late. It was already January and we had no flight or place to stay and Mardi Gras was like the second weekend in February!
Somehow my boyfriend made it happen and we got a flight and room – for the low! Our plan was to fly out that Friday morning and have two whole days in NOLA and leave Sunday morning. We ended up having some issues and couldn’t get there until Friday night. But, we made the best out of it.
When we got there – we went straight to Bourbon St. after quickly changing. It was already so many people on the streets. I got my first King Cake and was on a mission to find a hand grenade!
Our Uber driver told us to go to a bar called Tropical Isle for the best hand grenade. To be honest, I wasn’t too impressed with the drink but at least I can say I tried it!
We stayed on Bourbon St. for a few hours, seeing what all Mardi Gras had to offer. We stopped by a few bars and even found one that wasn’t too crowded and had a balcony to throw beads down at the crowd.
The next day, we started with lunch at Drago’s Seafood which was highly recommended for their broiled oysters. My boyfriend and I got the seafood pasta and he also tried the oysters which he said were really good! I also got a Hurricane to drink.
Of course, Mardi Gras is all about the parties and parades, so we checked out a few parades before it started to pour down raining. If you go to Mardi Gras, beware of what’s being thrown out of the floats – I got hit in the head with a toy glow in the dark sword 🙁
After the parades, we went back to party on Bourbon St. It was even more crowded than the night before. We went back to our faithful bar, met some cool people and threw some beads off the balcony. I also made my boyfriend walk 12 minutes to Café du Monde in hopes of trying their famous beignets. It was already 1 a.m. and the line was super long so I decided I would have to get them another time.
But I will definitely be back in New Orleans to explore the city when it’s less crowded. Mardi Gras was an experience that I will never forget.