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Trip Start Mar 23, 2009
Trip End Apr 01, 2009

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Flag of United States  , Louisiana
Thursday, March 26, 2009

Louisiana is built on water. Literally. The highways, the towns, everything! So what better way than to arrive in a storm. Or T storm. After a whirlwind day arriving in the peace of the International House lobby with its dusky reds and sweet aromas was a completion to our dream like state. We are still not sure whether it was our natural beauty, after all we were glowing with grease from the drive, or our respective home cities, but we hit the jackpot. We were upgraded, naturally it was complimentary, from our pitiful premium king room to the Cityscape penthouse suite. At $1500 per night, you can imagine the joy. And also just how decadent this room was, I think having a chandelier above the bath is the tell tale sign. Not to mention the stunning panorama of New Orleans from the 12th floor in the heart of the city. Being the luxury design freak I am I could go on and on about the furnishings. Antiqued velvet chairs, giant damask ottomans, silver leafed cabinets, bathroom chandeliers, reclaimed pine floors... I could continue. All of course overseen my the careful design of Los Angeles based designer LM Pagano.
Reveling in our new found riches we take a soak in our bathtub eating chocolate covered strawberries. Newly invigorated with a shower and a drink in the hotel bar, we step out into town for dinner, with the crash of thunder rolling all around the streets and flashes of lightning highlighting the urban jungle. A delicious dinner of turtle soup, crabmeat cheesecake and other creole delights. From here our tale takes a turn into the unknown. New Orleans is home to a famous cocktail known as the Hurricane, a concoction of what we were told is half rum and then juice? These drinks are not to be taken lightly. After sharing just two of these southern brews in the renowned Pat O'Briens in the French Quarter the night is a little patchy. Apart from the vision of torrential rain and water lapping around our ankles in the bar. We did manage to make it home, via complex mirrors, and learning the kind of damage a hurricane can really do.
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