Incredibly, TEN Wenches and Wench friends made the trip of a lifetime to New Orleans this year! We had the trip of a lifetime. We spent an amazing five plus days in the Crescent City, exploring, shopping, eating, and celebrating with each other and other Maniacs. I'm here today to give you the details of our amazing trip! I'm not sure anything I say will do it justice, but I will do my level best. Fair warning, this may get long. We had five plus days of fabulousness!
Keep reading after the break to hear our adventurous tale!
Unlike last year, when we all arrived on Saturday, we all arrived Thursday this year. We felt
so rushed last year, that we wanted some extra travel time. The length of this trip was perfection. Anyway, we arrived from all over! Kathi and her best friend, Lorna, from Oregon, Donna from Toronto, Zee from Dubai and then Maryland, Barb and Wench friend, Jennifer, from North Carolina, Wench Merit from Israel via New York, and me from Chicago. Zee and I were the last to arrive and we were starved by the time we got the hotel and met everyone else. It was after 10 pm, so, we walked over to Bourbon Street and grabbed a slice of pizza. While they waited for us to arrive, our roommates for the weekend, Barb, Jennifer, and Donna had gone out and purchased a King Cake. So, we had that for dessert and then went back and got settled into the hotel and talked about plans for the following day. I should note here that Kathi, Merit, and Wench friend Kat, along with Kathi's best friend shared a separate room and did (some) separate activities. So, this recap will be mostly the adventures of myself, Head Wench Barb, Wenches Zee and Donna, and Wench friend Jennifer.
|Lunch at Commander's Palace|
|The Coven House|
After our tour, we headed back to the hotel to relax for a bit. Donna, Barb, and I went swimming. Sadly, Wench Zee got a migraine in the early evening. So, the rest of us vacated the room to let her rest. Our intention was to join up with the Moning Maniac Corset Pub Crawl, but alas, we couldn't locate them. Instead we took a walk down Bourbon Street and grabbed some po'boys and fried shrimp for dinner. We followed that up with a trip to Marie Laveau's Voodoo Shop and a trip to Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Bar, the oldest, continually run bar in the country. By that point, Wench friend Kat had arrived from New Jersey, so we met her, Merit, and Kathi at Jackson Square. It was crazy foggy, so our trip to see the Mississippi River was a bust, but we had a good time taking in the fog-coated sights on the way back to the hotel.
Saturday started with a tour of St. Louis Cemetery #1. We used Free Tours by Foot again and
our guide was, again, awesome. We saw Marie Laveau's fake tomb and her real tomb. For those of you who read the Night Huntress series, Cat and Bones spend a fair amount of time in St. Louis #1 visiting Marie. We also saw the grave of Homer Plessy of the infamous Plessy vs. Ferguson case. And, oddly, Nicholas Cage's future tomb. Since we were nearby, we took a quick walk through Louis Armstrong Park, which includes Congo Square, after our tour. We walked to the exact opposite end of the Quarter to the French Market for lunch, did some shopping on the way back to the hotel. Once there, it was time to start primping for our evening at Chester's!
Chester's was a blast! The Wenches and Wench friends all dressed as UnSeelie Princesses. We had a few drinks, we danced, we watched the costume contest and most importantly, we got to see and take pictures with the one and only Karen Marie Moning!!!!! First, we sought her out, after the costume contest and got a picture. After saying that we were the Saucy Wenches, her immediate response was, "I LOVE you guys!!" We were, of course, totally flabbergasted and flattered. Then, later, before she left Chester's for the evening, Karen CAME TO FIND US TO TAKE A PICTURE WITH US!!! IT WAS FUCKING AMAZING!!! The rest of the night was awesome, but that (and Eric Etebari dancing with Wench Donna and Wench friend Jennifer) was the absolute best part of the evening!
|Wench UnSeelie Princesses!|
|This was the best.|
We all woke up bright and early to make it down to the Q&A session with Karen. That was a lot of fun and we learned a lot about her and how she sees the books, where the series goes from here (spoiler alert: next is a Dani book!), and the possibilities of a Fever TV series.
|Thanks, Google, for filtering my picture so amazingly!|
We awoke Tuesday for the final few hours of our dream trip. We had a great breakfast at a cafe that borders Jackson Square, so we had an amazing view of St. Louis cathedral. Sadly, Wench Zee had to leave after breakfast to catch her flight, so we said goodbye to her. After
|St. Louis Cathedral's ceiling|
I'm sorry for the lengthy post, but we had such an amazing trip that I couldn't help reliving it through this post. All the laughs, the discussions, the sightseeing, the group reading. This was one of the best vacations I've ever been on in my life. Thank you, Karen Marie Moning for bringing all of us together with your work. Thank you for leading me to some of the best friends I've ever had. Ladies, I couldn't have wished for a better group to take this trip of a lifetime with. Love you all!
Did any of you Saucy Readers attend the Feversong bash? Are any of you planning to one day attend one? Let us know below!!!
**Karen and Team KMM, some of us Wenches have killer organizational skills and some event planning experience. If you would like some extra hands next time, we'd be more than happy to jump in!