Tuesday, December 3, 2013


Weekend getaways are a great way to get a way for a bit. Absorbing the different vibes in different cities are one of my favorite things. I went on another weekend trip, this time to Austin. Austin seems to be a city everyone loves, from it's quirky shops to the music festivals, it's a must go.  Austin City Limits and South by Southwest are huge music festivals held there every fall and spring, now living near by I have to go to! While being there, we went to South Congress District to see the little eclectic shops and food trucks and Congress Avenue.


Saturday, November 2, 2013

New Orleans!

New Orleans had been on my bucket list of places to go for years, but it was far and out of the way from Virginia. Moving to Texas has given us the opportunity to venture out to new places and this city was a must see.  I remember watching a show on the Travel Channel and it was about New Orleans and Cafe Du Monde.  I was probably around 10 or maybe even younger and I thought I had to go. The mountain of powdered sugar on fresh beignets was calling me from the TV. So, it was a must ever since. Not to mention, the architecture is beautiful and people playing Jazz music on the streets, the little stores along the streets, ah I love everything about this place.

It was also the Saturday before Halloween, so we definitely saw some crazy costumes! During the day people were just walking around in their costumes and it seriously felt like I was in the movie, Halloweentown. It was great. And at night, specifically on Bourbon street things got wild (and smelly).

 The whole French Quarter had a spooky vibe. It is after all the most haunted city in America. We went on a haunted tour around the French Quarter to learn about some of the city's haunted history and got to see some of the spots where viscous murders happened and where people have witnessed ghosts.

I definitely have to go back, one weekend was definitely not enough!

                                      As you can imagine, I was pretty excited to see this.

                                                  I stopped by a Witchcraft and Magic store.


                                             I'm obsessed with these terraces and plants!

                                                            There was a wedding parade.

This was Madame Lalaurie's mansion where she threw lavish parties and tortured and kept a lot of slaves in her attic. Nicholas Cage also owned this house, but lost it to foreclosure a few years ago.

 Bourbon St.

      Jackson Square

 We had breakfast at Stanley's

The Garden District had huge live Oak trees.

 I really wanted to see the St. Louis Cemetery #1 where the Voodoo Queen, Madame Laveau was buried, but we ran out of time. We did drive by the Lafayette Cemetery #1, which looked similar.