The Massive Straightforward – Half I

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

Summer season Journey To New Orleans 

Mazen and I spent a protracted weekend visiting household in New Orleans! KK is Mazen’s dad’s mother and Mazen’s grandmother. Mazen’s uncle and cousin additionally reside there. I supplied to fly Mazen down so he may spend a while with them and made it a bit 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 entering into there!! (Learn extra about bank card perks and journey rewards right here). 

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

I obtained 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! 

Right here’s a earlier than pic:

After Renovation

In 2018 she purchased an outdated boat home in a marina the place there are over 134 boat homes, a lot of which have been renovated. Enjoyable reality: her backside ground 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 wonderful for sitting and sunsets. She has a number of Massive Ass Followers (that’s the corporate title!) to maintain a breeze going. 

Her Neighbors

Her neighbors to the suitable 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 ground 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 fearful of alligators! Karen stated after final 12 months’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 really didn’t get a canine. That is Lucy, the neighbor’s canine, who simply occurs to reside with Karen 90% of the time. She was SO cute!! 

The Blue Crab

For Saturday evening 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 obtained 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 evening, however we determined our peak hours had handed, so we known as it an evening. 

Sunday Breakfast 

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

Using Classes

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

He realized to trot! 

Lunch at Andrew’s 

We went again to Andrew’s home for lunch and a bit 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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