DO YOU KNOW WHAT IT MEANS TO MISS NEW ORLEANS?
St Louis Cathedral
When all of our wedding planning took place I was so often asked, “Where are you going on your honeymoon?”…When I proudly announced (in my slight Kentucky drawl), “To Nu Orluns!” I got some really interesting comments and reactions from people. Primarily, the one word question, “Why?” popped up. First of all, I had never been there and had only seen New Orleans in photos and movies. My parents had been twice and loved it. My parents are history buffs and this gene is firmly planted within me so I didn’t understand why anyone would question our honeymoon choice. Then people started cautioning about the “seedy-side” of the Crescent City. And my parents did warn us about Bourbon Street and certain areas that you don’t go into alone. However, we wanted to experience the world famous Jazz, Garden District, amazing cuisine, the Mississippi steam boats, and the French Quarter architecture. So, with the incentive to take part in all of that grandeur, we happily combed through travel books and brochures, and I had to watch “Gone with the Wind” again to get a glimpse of Rhett and Scarlett’s New Orleans Riverboat honeymoon. Remember the great scenes where Vivien Leigh is so over taken with excitement over all the great food and then the famous scene when Rhett comforts her after she had a nightmare where she was running through the mists to Tara looking for something that she couldn't find? …With that imagery firmly planted, we planned our wedding and honeymoon and even planned our reception around this theme with dancing, jazz music, and great food; all against the backdrop setting of the French Quarter Suites Hotel (I think it’s now Double Tree Suites). After all the celebration, we left on May 1, 1994 for our first New Orleans trip and it certainly didn’t disappoint us. We were there for a week of incredible food, great music, Old World Europe meets the deep South charm, wonderful historical tours, the Audubon Park, and our first Hurricanes (Not the Katrina sort but the kind you drink)…On that trip we both fell in love with that city and have returned a few times since then but not since Katrina. The last time we visited was the year before that horrible tragedy and we celebrated a belated anniversary (in June) by going down to Lafayette, LA for the wedding of one of our best friends. After the wedding we drove to New Orleans and spent the remainder of our trip there before returning home…We do often miss New Orleans because like no other city that we’ve been to, with the exception of Charleston, SC, it truly got in our blood and we think of it and long for it like a lost love……..
To be continued…..
The Frenchman Hotel(Where we stayed on our Honeymoon)
Scenes from Rhett and Scarlett's Honeymoon