Living’s easy in the Big Easy. And I got my first taste of that Memorial Day weekend. As the first of many bachelorette parties in 2013, NOLA could not be a more perfect destination.
The culture and character of this melting pot city has withstood the test of time. No matter what Mother Nature throws at the people of New Orleans, the city continues to thrive, it’s character unwavering.
I fell in love with the beautiful architecture in the French Quarter, the jazz being played in the streets, the outdoor courtyards, and delicious cuisine.
An already vibrant city during the day, gets a second wind after dark. If the streets and buildings could talk… With drinking in the streets…all the booze and beads…I think it gives New York City a run for its money as the “City that Never Sleeps”.
French Quarter architecture
Jazz in the streets
Beignets along the water
Midday booze and beads
Lafitte’s — built sometime around 1770 — is the oldest bar in the US
The Bride (in pink) and her entourage :)
and of course…Bourbon Street at night.
As I reflect on the weekend, I realize why NOLA was the perfect location for this Bachelorette party. Not because its a great place to get rowdy. Or because the food is outrageously good. Those things are all great, sure…and definitely make for a fun weekend.
But to me, its what New Orleans symbolizes.
New Orleans is a perfect metaphor for my friendship with these girls. Coming from different backgrounds, we’ve melded together as one, each bringing our own vibrance and flavor to the group. Through turmoil and hardship, our friendship has endured. We’ve experienced joy and tears, and many sleepless nights; but as the years pass we continue to thrive, because our foundation is strong, unwavering.
So for now we say goodbye to New Orleans…taking with us the memories of laughs and tears…stories and secrets…and a renewed strength in our seven year friendship.
Until we meet again :)