We left Nashville and begun our drive down to New Orleans. This journey involved passage through two other states, Alabama and Mississippi, both of which saw me take a total of ZERO photos!
“Nothing to see here, folks!” I was just so excited to get to New Orleans.
So, what can you really say about New Orleans? Well, one thing I can say is there is a solid 18 hours I can’t account for… Too
drunk or hungover tired from all the driving…
New Orleans is a crazy city. It has a creepy vibe. It’s FULL of freaks. You can be drunk at 9am and nobody cares. It’s great! Well, it’s weird… It rains a lot, it smells a
little lot, the food has strange ingredients but tastes great, it looks like Europe, but it’s full of Americans and it’s hot and HUMID (take A LOT of hairspray) … But it’s still great!
Everyone knows about New Orleans, so there’s not much point saying,
“Go to Bourbon Street”
or, “Eat gumbo, po’ boys and jambalaya”
…because, why wouldn’t you?
I can tell you The Hotel Monteleone on Royal Street is luxxx. I felt like I was in Italy and they offer an A M A Z I N G discount for US Military.
I can tell you if you’re a fan of the movie ‘Double Jeopardy’ (Ashley Judd kicking her cheating husband’s arse) then you will recognise the cemetery from the scene where he locks her in the coffin, and you will have a momentary fan-girl freak out like I did.
I can tell you that The Ruby Slipper Cafe has the best breakfast that may or may not cure a hangover AND Napoleon House has the best lunches and dinners. I would go back to New Orleans just to eat at these two places. Without a second thought.
I can tell you that The Cats Meow is the bossest bar on Bourbon Street that gets WILD. Wild like I saw a midget sing Karaoke there! – and the Hurricane Cocktail is deadly.
And finally, I can tell you that if you love country music and potent shots that you take from between the bar-girl’s HUGE boobs, then go to The Bourbon Cowboy!!!!!
New Orleans gave me the strangest 52 hours of my life… I saw a grown man in fishnets and leather underwear walking down the street wearing a ball-gag at 2pm… but, I will be back.
PS. Beignets at the Cafe Du Monde are everything. EVERYTHING!
Photo Credits to my Husband @DanRStill72
Nashville, Tennessee surprised me more than any other city on our road trip. Obviously, I love the south – the BIG hair and the
cowboys food… but Nashville was just such a cool unique place, even for people who don’t like country music and drinking (Crazy people – because country music is awesome!). Nashville was visually beautiful and delightfully southern. The food is great, the hotels are excellent, the people are lovely and bars are awesome. Every. Single. Bar has a band playing every single night (even on schools nights) it is overwhelmingly intoxicating and a lot to take in. It was Vegas away from Vegas, just a little more hick-ish.
All of everything worth seeing is located in what is known as ‘The District’ and we really didn’t leave the area. From bars, to restaurants, to about 30 stores selling cowboy boots – everything a good tourist needs is right there. Puckett’s is the place for breakfast (INCREDIBLE sweet potato pancakes) and Savannah Candy Kitchen (the craziest candy/caramel/toffee apples) is the most amazing candy store I’ve ever seen.
Franklin, Tennessee is about 45 minutes away and also absolutely stunning. I wish I had known more about it sooner, because when we arrived one afternoon, I quickly realised Bret Michaels, love of my life, was playing at the theatre there THAT NIGHT but it had already sold out. I was gutted. Devastated. Broken. Nonetheless, Franklin was beautiful.
I’d always heard mixed things about Nashville, but I think if you’re a human being with a heartbeat, there is no possible way you wouldn’t like it.
Where? Nashville, Tennessee
Stay? The Indigo (great US Military discounts offered)
Eat? Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant
Drink? The Tequila Cowboy
Candy? Savannah Candy Kitchen
I’ve travelled a lot in 24 years – all over the world, actually! But, since a very young age the legend of Route 66 has intrigued and fascinated me. I love desert landscapes, I love kitsch, I love diner food and I love Americana, so I knew one day I would make a point of driving The Mother Road.
In early August, my husband and I decided we wanted to take a second honeymoon in September since we only had a short 8 days right after our wedding back in March. We decided on an American road trip which we dubbed, ‘Ariana and Dan’s Road Trip of Love’ (corny, we know!). We really only had a couple of weeks to plan flights to the mainland, a rental car (which was crazy expensive) and a timeline of where we were going to stop and for how long.
Well, we didn’t end up planning anything. We just knew we wanted to see parts of Tennessee, New Orleans, Texas and then pick up Route 66 in Oklahoma and drive to California stopping wherever we wanted. We didn’t book any accommodation, we didn’t even look at hotels or prices, we just booked our flights and car a week beforehand and off we went. It was probably the most spontaneous thing I’ve ever done (that didn’t involve alcohol).
We decided to start Ariana & Dan’s Road Trip of Love in Memphis, Tennessee and I’m so glad that we did. After a scandalous amount of time getting emotionally, physically and spiritually screwed over by American Airlines (which I can’t even talk about because I’m scared my head will actually blow off) we finally made it to the land of the Delta Blues, which is still one of my favourite places that we visited. Memphis isn’t a raging metropolis, just a really quaint and nostalgic place.
To my absolute delight, we arrived on the final night of the Tennessee Delta Fair! (I actually squealed when I saw the sign for it). It was the best fair/carnival I have ever been to – EVEN better than the Perth Royal Show (I’m a traitor, I know). The food was amazing and it was the biggest fair I’ve ever seen. We also spent the evening on Beale Street and went to Graceland. Graceland is where you pay lot of money to touch things that Elvis used to touch (yes, I loved it) but it’s so cheesy and shiny that you feel ok about doing it. Other than the fact the entire tour is electronic and run off iPads, and they let way too many people in at once it is pretty cool.
If you’re ever visiting Tennessee:
- DO NOT skip Memphis just because it isn’t as big as Nashville
- MUST have a cocktail at BB King’s (I recommend a ‘Love on the Delta’).
- The Blue Plate Café has the best peanut butter pancakes (and breakfasts in general).
- ALWAYS time your trip to when the Delta Fair is on because that funnel cake will remain in your heart for the rest of your life!
Where: Memphis, Tennessee
What: Delta Fair, Beale Street & Graceland.
When: 7th – 8th September 2014
Drinks: Anywhere on Beale Street (be a tourist, it’s fun)
Food: Blue Plate Café (get the pancakes)
Photos are below…..