Oct 25, 2016

Quick Louisiana Road Trip

My husband, Bryan, is a sales rep for a running specialty brand. His job involves seasonal travel. Right now we are in between sales seasons, but he's been doing some events in the last few weeks to promote the launch of a new shoe model. When he's "selling" there isn't room for Charlie and I to travel with him, nor is his schedule conducive to toddlers. But when he's doing events there is more room and more flexibility for tagalongs. So when Bryan asked if we wanted to tagalong to New Orleans and Baton Rouge it didn't take too much convincing.

This was a quick trip; one night in New Orleans, one night in Baton Rouge, a lunch stop in Natchez, MS, and a drive through the delta.

First up, a walk in the Quarter before Bryan had to go to his first event. 

Charlie and I had dinner at Domenica. It was just what I needed. A somewhat fancy meal (complete with a cheese board and a glass of wine) and my date somewhat behaved himself. 

Thursday morning we had breakfast at Stanley!, a family favorite, before doing more walking around the Quarter. 

We stopped in Audobon Park to let someone (Charlie) run around a bit. 

We had the best poboys and then hit the road to Baton Rouge. 

Charlie and I ate at Acme in Baton Rouge while Bryan worked. Mike, the LSU mascot, was there and Charlie was simultaneously horrified and amused. 

The next morning after a great breakfast, Joe's Simple Cafe, we hit the road for Mississippi and stopped in Natchez. It's a beautiful town and I wish we had more time to spend there. 

Mississippi River, naturally. 

We got to town about 11 and were still full from our breakfast so we walked around a little bit. We didn't have time (or the energy to deal with Charlie) for a historic home tour, but we got to see the grounds of this one. 

Traveling with a toddler is always challenging, but I'm so glad we were able to make this trip work. We made a pitstop in Clarksdale to stock up on tamales. So in the end we came home with pralines, pickles and margarita mix from Natchez, and delta tamales. It was a win! 

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