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Another foggy day by the Mississippi!


We pulled ourselves together this morning for a lovely breakfast at a cute café (The Red Slipper – highly recommend), and then we made our way to the infamous Bourbon Street.


I felt naughty bringing Henry there!  It seemed rather wild and crazy, even at 9:30 AM.  The bars were already serving drinks.  And I saw my fair share of partiers who looked like they had gone all night long. 

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Apparently, not only is there no mandatory closing time for bars in New Orleans, but there is also no open container law, which means you can walk around with your drink.  I did get a mimosa, just so I can say I drank a little on Bourbon Street.  Aaaaand then we called it a morning.  Too much fun for these parents.  Five years ago this post would’ve been very different!  Hah.


We made our way to the Aquarium.  Much more child-friendly.












Verdict:  Henry loved it.  I wasn’t sure if a small baby could be into a Aquarium, but he thought it was the neatest thing ever.  And so did we! 


Time to pack up and head home.  Vacation was fun, but I think we all missed our routine and the pets a bit.    <— Another sign we’re getting ooooolder. 


What’s the rowdiest place you’ve ever been?  My vote – Acapulco for Spring Break.



  • Claire @ Live and Love to Eat January 15, 2013, 2:10 pm

    South Beach in Miami on New Years Eve a few years ago was pretty rowdy!

  • Cassidy @ wine and ice cream January 15, 2013, 2:17 pm

    It’s so sad, I’ve never been anywhere really rowdy… I guess Vegas, but lets be honest, that’s not all that rowdy… they just advertise like it is. I guess I could have searched out the rowdiness?

    • Kristy January 15, 2013, 11:27 pm

      Vegas can definitely be rowdy if you want it to! That’s my vote! So fun. That’s place never sleeps

  • Cecilia @MommiesRUn January 15, 2013, 2:17 pm

    I love aquariums! I’m so glad that Henry had fun. There are so many cool things to learn from the ocean. Kudos to you for starting Henry so young!

  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More January 15, 2013, 2:18 pm

    I love aquariums! I would imagine all the colors would be really fun for Henry. Glad you guys had a good time.

  • Elisabeth January 15, 2013, 2:18 pm

    I love aquariums, but I’ve never been to New Orleans. Going on the list 😉

  • DadHTP January 15, 2013, 2:27 pm

    Burning Man!

    • CR in MD January 16, 2013, 6:39 am

      I’d like to see a post on THAT!

  • Sara @ fitcupcaker January 15, 2013, 2:41 pm

    I always miss my pets!

  • Amy Q January 15, 2013, 2:45 pm'94 — 350,000 crazies and me! That’s the rowdiest place I have ever been.

    Sign of a great vacation = happy to get there, and happy to get home again!

  • Alex @ Raw Recovery January 15, 2013, 3:00 pm

    Oh aquariums!! I LOVE them! Rowdiest place? I have some CRAZY stories from when I studied abroad in Greece!!

  • Erica January 15, 2013, 3:12 pm

    I’m going to New Orleans for the first time with a couple of friends in March. All of your pictures are making me more excited 🙂 and that aquarium looks awesome!

  • Sarah @ Yogi in Action January 15, 2013, 3:28 pm

    Rowdiest place I’ve ever been to would have to be Vang Vieng, Laos. You tube down the river and there’s bars all along the river where you can dance and drink. I never actually made it in a tube, because the first bar at the top of the river was so much fun.

    Either that or the Full Moon party in Thailand- a party on the beach with 30,000 people.

    Both very fun times 🙂

    • Rachel January 16, 2013, 9:10 am

      I would have to vote for Vang Vieng too…what a weird experience! It was like Spring Break Cancun style in the middle of nowhere. We tried in earnest to make it down the entire river but eventually had to get out when it got dark and we still hadn’t made it to the end yet!

  • Anne January 15, 2013, 3:42 pm

    We went to Las Vegas for my friend’s bachelorette party. It definitely was not what I would have wanted to do *cough*strip club*cough*, but I think that she had fun. <—– another sign I'm getting old.

  • Beks January 15, 2013, 3:46 pm

    I’ve never been to NOLA, but my sister was there a few years ago, and brought back coffee and chicory from Cafe duMonde. Soooo tasty! Have a safe trip home!

    That aquarium looks so cool.

  • Jack Sh*t January 15, 2013, 3:53 pm

    Just think, in 16 or 17 years, he’ll probably pass out drunk there during Spring Break… no, not at the aquarium, dummy (well… maybe at the aquarium).

  • Kayla @ Lovely Ride January 15, 2013, 4:20 pm

    Used to tour a show to summer resorts and stay after with the staff.. it was like dirty dancing except for in Northern ontario. still fun though! Glad Henry loved the aquarium!

  • Katie @ peacebeme January 15, 2013, 4:24 pm

    I definitely want to make it to New Orleans someday! My craziest times were probably just in my college town, but parts of Thailand were pretty crazy too!

  • Sal Span January 15, 2013, 5:11 pm

    Oh you’re only in your late 20’s – don’t call yourself old!

  • Hayley @ Running on Pumpkin January 15, 2013, 6:25 pm

    That’s funny Henry has already been to such a party city at his age! 😉 I think the rowdiest place I have ever been was this one Greek island that is pretty much dead until 3 AM when everyone comes out on the beach to party. Sadly I was with my parents so I didn’t get to experience the actual rowdiness of it!

  • Jolene ( January 15, 2013, 7:51 pm

    Eeeeeeeeee, I’m so excited for my trip to NOLA!!!!!!

  • Angela January 15, 2013, 8:56 pm

    I’m not sure that I’ve ever been anywhere too rowdy? The rowdiest I ever have been was at an all-inclusive in Cancun…but it was the off season and there was like 4 people at the bar. Yikes. I’ve always been kind of an old lady, I can’t handle the party scene haha.

  • Elizabeth January 15, 2013, 9:00 pm

    I actually lived in New Orleans for a few years–does that count as a rowdy vacation from reality? Are you talking about the Ruby Slipper in the CBD? That’s a great breakfast spot. Y’all should check out Lucy’s while you’re there!

  • Lesley T. January 15, 2013, 9:16 pm

    Is it crazy that I find the albino gator cute?

    And I’m sorry your time in NOLA didn’t bring sunnier days; if you make it down there again, I highly suggest the Audubon Zoo and the beautiful Garden District in general.

  • Kristina @Run and Assimilate January 15, 2013, 10:48 pm

    I was actually in New Orleans on St. Patrick’s Day. That was pretty rowdy. I love your pictures! It makes me miss N’awlins.

  • Karen @ Runner Girl Eats January 16, 2013, 8:05 am

    My rowdiest trip was most definitely Mardi Gras…both times. It’s hard to not get rowdy with hand grenades and hurricanse 🙂

  • Pip January 16, 2013, 8:32 am

    Kavos in Greece for an end of high school girls holiday – oh my word. I wasn’t, and still wouldn’t really consider myself to be someone who goes in for the party town/party island places, but treated as somewhat of an anthropological people watching experiment and not going there single it was rather fascinating!

  • Emily N January 16, 2013, 3:52 pm

    The rowdiest place i have ever been? same as in this post. Bourbon Street. But on New Years Eve when the streets were full of Bearcats and Gators (we were Bearcats) prior to the Sugar Bowl a few years back.

    It took 2 hours (no joke) to walk one block. And being a little anxious in crowds, that was the only block we walked. We found an off bourbon street bar to get some drinks and hang out at.

  • Michelle January 17, 2013, 3:17 pm

    I was recently in New Orleans for a scientific conference and I was sooo disappointed that I didn’t get time to go to the aquarium!

  • Emily @ Hungry Delights January 20, 2013, 6:08 am

    Love the yolo pants – so funny! The aquarium looks so cool, especially the albino alligator 🙂
    xo Emily

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