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This humble blog was started to document our travels around the country during the summer of 2006, We have opted to continue updating it due to the requests from family & friends. Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Wedding Welcome

January 14, 2017

Chris and Livi

Wedding Welcome

I love weddings, something about bringing two people together and celebrating with their family and friends always makes me feel good and it is especially fun when it is a destination wedding and we get to travel to exciting places for a wedding. We have been to a number of great weddings in the past six months both in Key West and beyond and being in New Orleans for a friends’ wedding was really a pleasure.

I have known Chris for probably twenty years, we had a mutual friend who once served as an intern for me at Reef Relief once upon a time and we have remained friends over the years as I have watched Chris grow from a somewhat shy and geeky young man into a Key West business icon (though still somewhat proudly geeky).

He is one of the nicest, most interesting and wonderful friends one could have and his fiancé Livi is about a perfect match for him. They both are happy, fun wonderful people who just love to have a good time and when they are around, or more likely hosting a party it is one that you should certainly not miss.

Jeremy and Laura

Michael and Landon

Stephanie and Erica

The welcome party that they had for their family and friends the evening before their wedding was one for the books. Held at a wonderful empty lot right next to the Frenchmen Art Market and the Spotted Cat on Frenchman Street, the party featured a wonderful New Orleans Jazz band, great food and libations and a crowd of some of the most fun people ever.

The party offered the opportunity for the family and friends from various stages of their lives and from all around the country to mix and mingle in the sort of casual and relaxed setting that is only found at weddings. When you bring together a variety of people as is found at weddings, they can either remain gathered in their own separate groups or co-mingle creating a fun and festive mixture that will only ever be found at that single event.

This is what happened at this wonderful gathering as people coalesced as if they had all known each other for years and everyone in turn had an amazing time with friends old and new. It speaks to the kind of special people that Chris and Livi are that this was able to happen.

Wendy and Chris

After the official wedding welcome party ended around 11 PM, but the unofficial after-party simply moved across the street to dba, a dance club and bar that soon was packed with people from the wedding party and the bar, dance floor and in front of the stage where the live music was playing were all full of the LiviGotSchultzed crowd.

Thursday, January 26, 2017


January 12, 2017


Our first two days in New Orleans were rather chilly, the same cold front that had delayed our arrival also brought a front of cold air to the entire South and made the warm clothes we brought come in handy. It was mostly sunny, but temperatures hovered near freezing for a couple of days.

We did not let the chill air impact our plans and we continued to spend the days in advance of wedding activities just exploring and enjoying the city, trying to visit new areas that we had not been as well as take in more traditional tourist type attractions.

One of the major attractions, located on the Mississippi Riverfront at the foot of Canal Street is the New Orleans Aquarium, known as the Aquarium of the Americas. The world-class aquarium is part of the trifecta of Audubon Institute attractions that also includes the New Orleans Zoo and Insectarium.

The aquarium features of 600 species of animals with over 15,000 sea life creatures ranging from all manner of fish to sea otters and even penguins. The huge Caribbean exhibit features a walk through tunnel where you are literally surrounded by sharks, rays, sea turtles and thousands of colorful reef fish.

It is also home to one of the extremely rare white alligator of which only 18 are known to exist. The alligator which is not an albino, but rather a rare genetic anomaly is pretty cool to see, there are also a couple on display at the Zoo.

There is also a wide variety of art to be found in New Orleans and Kathy and I both enjoy outsider, folk art, street art and just about any unconventional artwork. There is plenty to see in New Orleans and we had a few places on our list of places to see including the Frenchman Art Market and Dr. Bob’s Folk Art studio in Bywater.

We started on Frenchman Street, which itself is a fairly fascinating area that we had not previously visited. There are all sorts of funky nightclubs, restaurants, and stores. Street art dominates the walls of this neighborhood and it is also home to the famed nightly Frenchman Art Market.

Located next to the Spotted Cat Jazz club, one of the more famous New Orleans nightspots and across from famed live music venue dba, the Art Market is a nightly juried art fair where local artists sell their wonderful artwork. Though small, it was still one of the better art fair type event that I have attended as each artist seemed to be an expect in their particular media.

We also stopped in to the Spotted Cat where I had one of the best Bloody Mary’s that I have ever tasted. We also spent time back at the Erin Rose for more delicious frozen Irish Coffee’s and delicious New Orleans craft beer.

Folk artist Dr. Bob, is a New Orleans icon and his massive studio/ workshop is located in the Bywater district of the city another area where we had never spent any time. It is a wonderful funky area and Dr. Bob’s outsider art fits right in to the neighborhood, which is filled with vinyl record stores, thrift shops, funky restaurants such as Elizabeth’s and of course Dr. Bob himself.

We made a special trip just to check his art out and pick up a couple of small pieces for our collection. He is most well-known for coining the phrase “Be Nice or Leave” and many of his pieces reflect that but he also has a plethora of New Orleans specific artwork featuring all manner of New Orleans iconography. I particularly liked his large “No Cat Selling” signs which apparently what once upon a time would be found in dives and juke joints to discourage prostitution. You can check out his art via the link below.