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Sunday, June 28, 2009

Off to New Orleans

The house/kitty sitter is in place, and Mike & I are headed out early tomorrow for a few days in New Orleans. That’s the location of our first honeymoon and we’re going as a belated anniversary celebration. We haven’t been there together since the years-ago honeymoon.

One of our must-see stops on this trip is the B&B where we spent our honeymoon, the Cornstalk Inn, now the Cornstalk Hotel pictured above. It was a picturesque home, but I don’t recommend it for young honeymooners. When you’re 20 years old and staying out extremely late before tiptoing into the residence, it’s too reminiscent of sneaking into your mom’s house after curfew.

The rooms were beautiful, and we felt particularly elegant having our breakfast on the second story porch that you see. Those mornings were enough to give us a bit of sunburn which, in turn, produced an adequate amount of envy from our friends when we returned to winter temps in Memphis.

According to their website, the Cornstalk was the early 1800s home of Francois-Xavier Martin, a native of Marseilles, France. Judge Martin, author of the first history of Louisiana and the second Chief Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court, was the first of many illustrious names connected to the house.

The hotel is surrounded by a “cornstalk” cast iron fence. The story goes that an early owner who brought his young bride to live in the Vieux Carre, far from her native Iowa, had the fence built to replicate the waving fields of corn in her home state.

With any luck, we’ll be able to grab a photo of us at the gate to the Cornstalk.

You can see more pictures of the hotel at this link:

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