Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Biloxi, Mississippi.... Here we come!

February 16-19, 2014 ~ When we went to Las Vegas last November we stayed at the Bellagio. In January we received a post card for Beau Rivage in Biloxi, Mississippi (I had no clue this was the little sister to the Bellagio) asking us to come down for free. Yep... FREE! How does one pass up an offer like this? (They expected us to gamble and we did a little but as you will see we spent a good amount of time site seeing!) We thought it would be fun to take Martha with us and booked our trip! We flew out of St. Louis and was in Biloxi in no time!

On the plane they gave out complimentary beverages including alcoholic beverages and played a fun little game they call "The Redneck Lottery"! You take your $1, $5, $10 and $20 bills and write your seat number on them and then they draw a bill out and whosoever seat number is on it wins the whole pot! The pot for $1 =$160, $5 = $240, $10 = $330 and $20 =$500! Too bad we didn't win but that was kind of fun!
This was a really nice place and looked a lot like the Bellagio!
The rooms were nice too! 
I loved seeing this on the table! 

After we got settled in we decided to go check out the buffet! They had me at Prime Rib! The buffet was huge and reminded me a lot of Las Vegas except they had their style of food. There was something for everyone! The waitress even brought around hot wet wipes to wipe your hands!

The next morning this was the view from our room!
(This would be the only morning we would be able to see the gulf otherwise it was foggy)

One thing I love about Las Vegas was the beautiful fresh flowers that they have and Beau Rivage didn't disappoint! I love Stargazer Lilies! (Had some in my wedding bouquet)

We thought it was a perfect day to hit the road and see some stuff!
New Orleans.... here we come!
Martha has never been to Louisiana / New Orleans before so we thought we should take her!

Well hello New Orleans!

Our very first stop in New Orleans.... Cafe Du Monde!
Martha was in for a treat!
I introduce you to Beignets! 
(Brandon kept calling them ben-wa's.... silly boy!)
 After a quick snack we decided to make the most of our trip and take out walking.

It never gets old seeing various artists painting in the different towns/places we visit!

It was fun to hear so many different musicians throughout the streets too!

If you go to New Orleans you have to walk down Bourbon Street!
(Of course we had to get dad a Harley Davidson shirt from Bourbon Street)

We figured the best way to see New Orleans in a short amount of time was to ride the open top bus so we walked up to the bus stand and waited for one to arrive!

The next several pictures are some of the things we saw on our ride....


Then we were ready to head back to Biloxi, MS.....

We stopped by a beach to let our toes play in the sand!
(It was warmer than Columbia, MO but still a little chilly)

The next morning we decided to check out Alabama!
(Really foggy day)
First stop was the USS Alabama!
(We didn't get to take the tour because Martha had a bummed up chicken wing and would have surgery after we got back but Brandon and I took the tour last year when we were here)

We figured it would be fun to drive to Gulf Shores, AL!

We made it back to Biloxi, Mississippi just as it got dark. It was a great trip and many good laughs with Martha. You know there is never a dull moment with the Spry's and we enjoy seeing places we have never seen before... although we have seen New Orleans and Mobile, AL we hadn't seen Gulf Shores, AL. Can't wait to see where else we might travel in 2014!

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