We got to the airport around 3:45, and had plenty of time to get to our gate as the lines weren't bad. Our flight was at 5:38 on the smallest plane ever. I freaked me out. Everyone had to gate check their bags because the overhead bins were tiny.
And then we had this in front of us. Yes, her leg was up like this on take-off. Pretty soon she had both legs up.
Adam ordered a beer and got it for free because their credit card machine was down. Lucky!
Our flight was pretty smooth and we got in early at about 8:15 even though we left late. Air time was only 2h 7m. I appreciated that you don't have to turn off electronics anymore on take-off or landing. I read a book on my IPad practically the whole time.
We took a taxi into the city as the airport is a ways out (16 miles from our hotel in the French Quarter). It was interesting that they have fixed cab fares into anywhere in the city depending on how many people you have. For two, it was $33, which wasn't bad considering we pay that much to take a taxi from our airport back to work which is only 6 miles.
As mentioned, we stayed in the French Quarter at Hotel Mazarin. It was a cute boutique hotel that's rated #1 on Trip Advisor for New Orleans. The staff was very welcoming and carried our bags in and up to our room. I must mention that it was quite chilly out. I asked about this, and the guy said it was very unusual, and this is the first time in over ten years he wasn't in shorts and short sleeves the week of Thanksgiving. Of course! I was glad I had my fall coat +boots +hat +scarf +gloves.
I had requested a quiet room, as it can be loud since it's right off of Bourbon Street, so we were on the side off of a quiet courtyard.
Our room was a Petite King which was plenty big for us and very nice. I loved the tall ceilings and chandelier.
Once in the room, we dropped off our stuff and decided to venture out for a drink.
We walked down Bourbon, which was pretty empty, and found Pat O'Brien's which came recommended by many people. I ordered a Hurricane,
and Adam had the official drink of New Orleans, Sazerac.
We wandered out to the lovely patio with flaming fountain, and found a table by a heat lamp since it was so chilly. They even had freeze warnings! I think it was 38 at that point. Brrr. Way too cold for that far south.
Adam also had a Mint Julep which he enjoyed, but I found to be disgusting.
After about an hour on the patio, we headed back for the night.
Stef - Hurricane on the patio
Adam - Free beer on the flight and drinks on the patio