One thing you need to know about my husband is that the man is quite the world traveler. I won’t embarrass him by giving you the stats, but he travels a good deal for work and enjoys spending his free time traveling, so between vacations and vo-cations (see how I did that play-on words?) he’s been almost everywhere. Six days ago, Hubs had a milestone birthday. The sort that ends in a “0,” so I decided that a surprise was in order. Since he’s not into parties, a trip was the obvious choice. I’ve done little things to surprise him before like completing some sort of organizational project while he was out-of-town or folding his laundry, but nothing monumental. And certainly nothing travel related. (I say all this to help you understand that planning a surprise trip to a city that he’s never been is a task of epic proportions.) And ladies and gentlemen, I pulled it off. So last week, we headed out on a 3 day, 2 night get-away in The Big Easy (New Orleans). Possibly the only city in the USA that I’ve visited that husband hadn’t.
Thanks to the Delta frequent flier miles that I’ve been stockpiling and the Hilton Honors points that Hubs racks up when he travels, I booked flights and a hotel room entirely on reward points. We stayed at the lovely Roosevelt Hotel just off Canal Street near the French Quarter so we could walk just about anywhere we went (although we did call a cab for our trip to Emeril’s for dinner because it was drizzly and I wanted to wear some cute heels). I’d planned a pretty fun itinerary for our time there that included lots of walking around the quarter to visit all the quirky shops and art galleries, beignets at the famous Cafe du Monde, the aforementioned dinner at Emeril’s, jazz music by the Survivors Brass Band at Preservation Hall (probably our favorite two hours of the trip) and a carriage tour in a mule-drawn carriage. We also stumbled across this fabulous cafe called Cafe Amelie (where strangely enough, our waitress looked like the main character in the French flick “Amelie“) where we had official Birthday lunch before hopping on the St. Charles streetcar and doing a little low-budget sightseeing in the Garden District and Tulane University areas.
Since I know everyone really likes photos better than descriptions, here are a few snapshots from the trip for your viewing pleasure. I took the mediocre photos, and husband took the good ones. 🙂
So I’m thinking I can officially cross off another item on the list: 15. Surprise my husband (somehow) which means I have 3 items crossed off! And while we’re crossing things off, since this is my 12th blog post, I’m going to go ahead and cross off a 4th item, 17. Blog more regularly. I think I’ve written more blogs since January 1st than I have in the past 5 years added together so I’m calling it a win. And while I’m checking things off, I’ve forgotten to mention that while we were on the cruise I tasted pimento cheese spread for the first time so I’m putting my first X next to 16. Taste
Question: And because its WAY more fun for MH and I when you readers get involved and leave us comments, today I want to know about your surprises! Have you ever planned a surprise for your spouse or friend or family member? Been surprised yourself? I’d love to hear all about it!