The Large Straightforward – Half I

We had a good time visiting The Large Straightforward aka New Orleans. Right here’s the journey recap from the primary half of our journey. Half II coming tomorrow!

Summer time Journey To New Orleans 

Mazen and I spent an extended weekend visiting household in New Orleans! KK is Mazen’s dad’s mother and Mazen’s grandmother. Mazen’s uncle and cousin additionally dwell there. I supplied to fly Mazen down so he may spend a while with them and made it a bit of vacay for me too! 

Saturday Flights

Our journey started final Saturday at 4:45am. We flew out of Charlottesville and had a three-hour layover in Atlanta. This was my first time utilizing the Precedence Move membership that got here free with my Capital One Enterprise X card. Boy did we really feel fancy moving into there!! (Learn extra about bank card perks and journey rewards right here). 

We had second breakfast, espresso, free M&Ms, free wifi, good bogs.

I bought a MIMOSA at 9 within the morning. It was free – why not!? Haha. 

Karen’s Boat Home

Uncle Andrew met us at a the airport and took us to Karen’s home. And boy does she have a cool one!

To not be confused with a houseboat, KK lives in a ship home! 

After Renovation

In 2018 she purchased an outdated boat home in a marina the place there are over 134 boat homes, lots of which have been renovated. Enjoyable truth: her backside flooring is manufactured from waterproof supplies as a result of flooding is clearly a priority (and it did flood throughout Hurricane Ida). 

However take a look at her yard view!!!

The porch was superb for sitting and sunsets. She has a number of Large Ass Followers (that’s the corporate identify!) to maintain a breeze going. 

Her Neighbors

Her neighbors to the precise are precise boats! The wood one within the again was owned by a well-known Cuban at one level. To the left she has residents. 

Boat Slips

On the underside flooring she has this cool swing mattress and a kayak and little motor boat. We didn’t do any boating although as a result of everybody was a bit of fearful of alligators! Karen stated after final yr’s hurricane there have been 12-foot gators swimming by!! 


Mazen borrowed a fishing pole from the neighbors and caught a HUGE catfish on his third forged!! Fortunately the neighbor was nonetheless round to assist him get the fish off the hook. 

Boathouse Decor

KK has all the time had a knack for adorning, and her home is attractive. 

Right here’s the room the place Mazen and I slept. Very cozy and no home windows as in inside room, so it was nice for sleeping. 

Lulu The Pillow

Karen has a number of fur pillows

Oh wait that’s a canine!!! She truly didn’t get a canine. That is Lucy, the neighbor’s canine, who simply occurs to dwell with Karen 90% of the time. She was SO cute!! 

The Blue Crab

For Saturday night time dinner we went to close by The Blue Crab with one in every of Andrew’s mates who was celebrating his birthday! We began with a spherical of margaritas for the desk. 

Mazen (who loves mussels): “I can’t strive oysters.” 

Additionally Mazen:

Mazen LOVES crabs, in order that’s what he bought for dinner!

The remainder of us shared a bunch of seafood on a platter (calamari) and aspect salads.

Blueberry Bread Pudding

We went again to the home for blueberry bread pudding topped with vanilla ice cream. 

Andrew and I had talked about going to the French Quarter that night time, however we determined our peak hours had handed, so we referred to as it an evening. 

Sunday Breakfast 

After night time’s sleep we had a giant breakfast of bacon, fruit, and toast. 

Driving Classes

Mazen’s cousin has been taking using classes, so Mazen joined her! We met the horses beforehand. 

He discovered to trot! 

Lunch at Andrew’s 

We went again to Andrew’s home for lunch and a bit of calm down. All of the sandwich toppings as a salad – together with fritos! 

Earlier than we headed out to the Bayou for a swamp tour!!!!!!!!!

To be continued….

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