We recently caught an episodes of Travel Channel’s The Layover. We are both already fans of Anthony Bourdain, although some of his recent project have not been to my taste. As his life and world view have changed, so have the work. The Layover appealed to us because there are so many occasions when we have a limited amount of time, resources, or mobility in cool locations. The Layover is all about finding the thing to do in a place. This is easier when you aren’t traveling every day, we often don’t have the time or inclination to pre-plan. There are certain gems that you must experience. New Orleans is one of those places, no matter how much or little time you have, there is a memory to be made.
After watching Bourdain’s 48 hours in Nola, it got us both thinking about how much we enjoy that city but not for the obvious reasons. There is no other place in the US with such a unique culture, not always noticeable on Bourbon Street. This is not to say that you shouldn’t take part in that wild time once, but the city offers much more and better places to booze and hear music. Part of living this lifestyle is meeting people from all over and gathering a large network. We have the privilege to know a couple of really cool cats in New Orleans, including a native. Hanging out with a local in the know is truly awesome and has been a large part in formulating our opinion of Nola.
The different cultures and classes live so close together, that they blend and it creates what is uniquely New Orleans. Different interest and world views are mixed together and appreciate to grow what is NoLa. This is very apparent in the food. While there are many traditional Louisiana foods, anything you eat in the city has a bit of the melting pot to it. That is also to say that New Orleans is not the place to start your diet. Next time you are thinking about going to a city as well known as this one consider some options that don’t make the top 10. I assure you that it will still be fun and possibly a more authentic visit.
Over the last four years we have made a number of trips to Huntsville, AL but logistics have not allowed for an extra day to see the sights. What we had seen of Huntsville before this year has all been lovely, we even have some friends who live there and never fail to show us a good time. This past spring we finally had some extra time and we took full advantage by spending the day at the US Space and Rocket Center.
I will say one thing, it was well worth the wait. This place is a blast, in my opinion better than the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum. I thought that facility was very worn down, many displays were broken or missing. The Huntsville collect was much bigger, incredibly interactive, and engaging for adults. In Washington I felt that most exhibits were focused on children.
Not only is the center engaging but there are just so many items from our history of scientific exploration. We could have spent another few hours there, but alas security gave us the boot. I encourage anyone making a road trip to find some time for a visit.