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Day 1.25 in New Orleans

Getting to New Orleans was pretty uneventful. Our flight was at 2:20pm on Thursday afternoon, so we landed in NOLA just before 4 and got in a cab to our hotel. We were totally blessed with gorgeous, warm weather the first few days, and got so excited when we first spotted our hotel from the street!

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Le Pavillon. It is a historic hotel just a few blocks from the main strip and was super nice but also kind of old fashioned with the decor.

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Southern Charm. Legend has it the hotel was haunted, but the only time we heard/saw a ghost was when someone (not me, but I’m not pointing fingers) farted and claimed it was a ghost. Ha.

We went up to check out the roof and it had such a great view!

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The heated outdoor rooftop pool wasn’t too bad, either. 🙂

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Though we both brought swimming suits, we didn’t get a chance to use the pool even once. Boo!

After settling into our hotel, we decided to set out an explore a bit and walked all over the French Quarter and down Canal Street and Bourbon Street. It was so cool to see!

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The French Quarter is right on the water (apparently) because we were just wandering around and all of a sudden ended up on a beach with the sun setting with gorgeous views.

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So pretty!

Hunger quickly kicked in so we set out to find somewhere to eat with no real plan in mind. I spotted Acme Oyster House which had been recommended by several people and was one of the places on our list we wanted to get to while there.

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The line was pretty long to get in.

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But we amused ourselves by drinking beer on the street, and it moved quite quickly.

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We ended up getting a spot at the bar, which is actually our preferred place to sit in most restaurants. They were shucking the oysters right there in front of us and we were able to talk to the people working there and get some suggestions about things to do and see.

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If you notice, the oysters are covered in mud, and they don’t wash them off before shucking them, they just open the up and put them on platters while still dirty. We asked the Master Shucker why that is, and he said when you rinse them off the temperature warms so that the oysters open ever so slightly, and dirt can actually get into the oysters. They don’t wash them so the shells are dirty, but the inside of the oysters are perfectly clean and delicious.

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x2, plus a pitcher of beer, fried crawfish, hush puppies, and potato salad.

We had grand plans to go find a brass band, but were tired and feeling kind of lame, so went home instead and were passed out by 10:30pm. Sad, I know.

The next morning (Wil’s birthday), I woke up early in search of the gym. It was one of the nicest hotel gym I’ve ever used.

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There were 2 treadmills, an elliptical, and 2 bikes for cardio equipment.

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Plus a huge weight machine (is that what you call it?), free weights, stability balls, resistance bands, a weighted medicine ball, and a step.

Plus, fresh fruit!

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Definitely one of my favorite parts about nice hotel gyms!

I was a little crunched for time, so I ran for 35 minutes and walked for 5 to cool down. I covered 3.7 miles during the run portion, and just under 4.0 during the run plus cooldown.

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Not bad!

Are you a fan of oysters? Do you like them raw, cooked, or fried?  I LOVE oysters every which way!

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25 Responses

  1. Wow, that gym looks fantastic and I love raw oysters. It’s cool that the gym actually offered fruit.

  2. I like fried oysters!

    I want to go back to New Orleans. Really, I want to live there, but I’m not sure that is possible.

  3. I do not like oysters but your trip looked like it was a fabulous time! Thanks for the e-mail yesterday it was very helpful. I love reading your post and I am excited to read about weight watchers! Thanks for always blogging!

  4. We shucked oysters in culinary school last week and, boy, is it harder than it looks!

    • I know!! I’ve tried it at home before and was totally unsuccessful. My boyfriend suggested lightly roasting them for a few minutes just until they open if you can’t open them yourselves. My new rule is to only eat raw ones out!

  5. Looks like you and Wil had a wonderful trip to New Orleans!!!! Your hotel looks awesome and those oysters look delicious!

  6. Everything looks so pretty! I’ve yet to venture to New Orleans… but it’s on the list of places to go for sure.

  7. NOLA looks like such a fun city to visit and eat your way through. Hope you are enjoying it!

  8. Wow – what a nice hotel!
    It looks like you’re having so much fun – I’m really happy for you, girl 🙂

  9. I’ve never eaten oysters! I think I’d probably like them, but I only started eating seafood in the past five years so I’m still learning 🙂

    I’m going to reference these posts when I finally get to visit NO!

  10. Fun start to your trip!

    I love love love oysters and prefer them raw.

  11. Never had an oyester! They skeeve me out. But I wouldn’t be opposed to trying them someday, just never was approached with the opportunity!

    Glad you are enjoying the vacation! I’ve been to New Orleans twice and it is probably the only place I’ve traveled to that I wasn’t a fan of. Oh well!

  12. That is a nice hotel gym!

    I don’t think I’ve ever had an oyster — I fear the texture would gross me out.

  13. me too! I am also a big fan of oysters!

  14. I love oysters more than one can imagine! Raw, steamed, fried. All of them!

  15. That hotel looks SO nice!! Especially that rooftop pool.. too bad you guys didn’t use it!

    I have never tried oysters..they kind of freak me out!

  16. I wish I liked oysters! When I lived in Maine we’d eat them raw all the time and while I’ll eat them, they aren’t really my favorite

  17. That gym looks gorgeous, and I’ve never seen a gym with fruit in it! You lucky girl 🙂 Hope you continue having a bit o’ fun in New Orleans! I’ve never had oysters, but I think my hubby has + loved ’em. I think they’re funny ’cause you slurp ’em out of their shell like little goobers. I think they’re goofy more than appetizing haha

    Happy almost Wednesday!

  18. I don’t even know if I’ve ever had a fried oyster. Most of the ones I’ve eaten were raw, and I liked it that way :-).

  19. Unfortunately I don’t eat fish of any kind (although I’m hoping to try to change that, I grew up hating it but maybe my taste buds have changed). I have always wanted to visit New Orleans but have never been. It looks so historic, I love it!

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