Farewell to Storyville

On day three we packed our stuff and drove to French Quarter to find a parking spot, because we wanted to do some shopping. After parking at Jay St, we went back to Café du Monde and had breakfast. There was actually no line at all, we were the only people buying at the window at that time. After walking around for a little bit we ended back at the little shops by Royal St, and we did our shopping. Around 3 O’clock we got in the car and made our way out of the city.



To stop by the Hard Rock Café in Biloxi was a thing we all wanted to do. When we got there we did our souvenir shopping, Caroline and Julian wanted to check out the casino. I had left my driver’s license in the car, and I do not travel with my passport unless I am going out of the country. So the man did not want to let me in based on my Norwegian bank card, that have our information and picture on the back. Basically I was sitting outside like a lost child with my Starbucks and Ben & Jerry on a sofa with all the older mom’s.




Hard Rock Guitar

After being on the road for a long time, Caroline started singing on this song called “Chattahoochee” and found out it is actually a city in Florida, close to the Georgia state line. We talked Julian into driving there, after driving through the city which took about 10 min, with traffic lights. Julian and I had a driver shift, by this abandoned gas station on the side of the road. Since I was the one driving, the idea of driving five minutes up and going to one more state was too tempting.




Chattahoochee Auto Parts

We ended up on this swingy dirt road, it was like being home in Norway, driving in the middle of nowhere. Julian not being too excited about Caroline and my decision he still though it was entertaining. We never officially saw the “Welcome to Georgia” sign, but our trusted friend Google maps said we were there, so we could now try and get out of there.

A couple of wrong turns later we made it to what looked like civilization, we then drove past prison number 4 in our trip. I have to say it was a little scary. The case did not get any better when we drove past prison number 5, and our good friend Google maps told me to tur a little too late, I missed my exit and had to U-turn before we got too far away. But long behold the police was right there at the prison parking lot. I did not want to get in trouble for doing a U-turn and drove to the prison parking lot, turned the car and headed back to the road.

When we were about 2 to 3 hours away from home, we hit heavy Florida rain I have to say it is not my favorite driving conditions. After a little while I could almost not see anything so we decided that Julian should drive the last 2 hour of the trip. We made it safely home around 6:30am.


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Ain’t No City Like New Orleans

For our first full day in New Orleans we started the day of with breakfast at the hotel. We got dressed and headed out to French Quarter. The unofficial plan for the day was to see more of the French Quarter, the market and eat at Café du Monde.


Purple/Pink House

We saw some beautiful houses and after we had been walking around for a little while, we got hungry again and found this little bar/diner called Dat Dog, very cool vibe and good food. I was not that hungry but got to taste some food from the others. Julian ordered a hot dog, and some WTF fries. Caroline ordered shrimp fries, sounds discussing, I know but they were actually really good.


Ordering board at Dat Dog


Window art by the table


Julian’s hot dog


Shrimp Fries


WTF Fries

After that little food stop we began walking to Café du Monde. Since it was Monday there was not that many people, we had about 3 people before us in the queue. The day before the line was about 30 to 45 min wait time. Caroline and Julian had coffee I got an orange juice, and fresh beignets. We walked over to the steps looking over Jackson Square and St Louis Cathedral, we also had a street performer as we people watch and enjoyed our food.


Cafe Du Monde Order Sign


Cafe Du Monde Pick Up


Cafe Du Monde Our Order


Cafe Du Monde Lunch


Cafe Du Monde Lunch


We walked through Jackson Square and looked inside St Louis Cathedral. It was amazing and had beautiful architecture. Then we saw a little street that lead to the back of the Cathedral and found Royal St, there was a lot of small shops and music playing on the street. We walked around Royal St and explored more of French Quarter.

We also tried to go and see a cemetery, but we did not manage to get inside, but it was still amazing to look at from the gates. So much history and just seeing them from the outside was inspiring and interesting.


Street leading to Royal St.


Statues in a decoration shop

The funny thing about New Orleans is that you can walk around legally with alcohol, as long as it is not in a glass bottle you are good. So bars and restaurants give you to go cups, and you can walk around with it. There are actually signs that are written with it, on the side of the road, it is the law after all.


The to go cup

Caroline and myself decided to buy something to drink, and some cups. We then walked the complete wrong way and ended up in this really dodgy neighborhood, it was late at night almost no street lights. So we decided to take out our trusted friend Google maps and find our way home without looking like we had no idea where we were going. After successfully making it home, Caroline and I took on our comfy clothes and played Uno and card games for the rest of the night.

Hope you liked this and the last part to this little mini series will be up tomorrow.



New York City

I can only say one thing about this city is I LOVE it…

There will never be a way to explain the way you can love one thing or a place, but sometimes you just do. I have friends and family that do not get why I love NYC so much. But like I said it can never be explain, the energy, the buzz, the way the city moves, there is too much to love.

Even though I have only been there 5 times, and the last one was a week a go, I do think it is the best city I have ever been to.

I have not been able to visit a lot of different places, but the once I have had the pleasure of going to, I have treasured every single part of it. I feel like, even though you might not have the money or the time to travel to some of these extravagant places. The time that you actually have the opportunity to go, you will cherish it even more then you would if you could just pick up and leave on the red eye.

The second to last time I got the chance to go to New York City, I went with a good friend. It was her first time and my 4th, I like to show people around, but not to the extend where I feel like some people are just hanging on me, I felt a little guilty that I might not have shown her all the things she might have wanted to see.

But I love to just walk around not stressing,  just walking around and looking at things and the people that are there. There will always be a little satisfaction about looking at people stressing around trying to make the next sale, or making it to the next meeting. I can never understand the people that do not love it, but some people are different and I understand that. It is like me and the countryside, I can be there for a couple off days relaxing, but after that it just gets a little bit boring just sitting around doing next to nothing.

The last time I went to the city, I was all by myself. For the first time it was just me. Flying, living and walking all by my self, and I loved it. There was no stress about when I had to be back, or when I had to move on and go to the next place. I just walked and took in the city all by myself. It was great, I walked block upon block, getting a little lost, and then I would eventually get where I was originally planing to go. That is how I like to walk around, not necessarily have a plan, but remembering what was around the corner and just walking there.

I got to eat at places I had never seen before, and putting a lot on my bucket list for later visits. But there was never people looking at me walking all by myself and thinking, “why is she walking all by herself?”. I actually had a couple of tourist ask me, yes me, about the directions to where they should go. Seeing I do not live in the city, I turned to google maps, and found them the way they where looking for.

But when you get to take a little break every now and then, just for a weekend, it’s worth it to just get out, clear your head and move on a little bit.

Central Park

Me in Central Park early October.