Wednesday, June 9, 2010


After 3 days in New Orleans, we hit the road to visit Christine from Christine's Home And Travel Adventures. Natchez is a 3 1/2 hour drive from New Orleans, but the scenery was so pretty we didn't mind. And it was a great opportunity to see Mississippi.

The 1st day I didn't have my camera with me until the evening. We toured a beautiful Antebellum mansion called Longwood. You can check out Christine's blog for pictures of this 1860 home built by a wealthy cotton planter. That evening we ate at the Carriage House Restaurant which is on the grounds of a gorgeous Greek Revival mansion called Stanton Hall. Above is a picture of The Husband and I leaving the restaurant looking a bit incognito.
The next morning I awoke to Christine making homemade waffles which she served with fruit, syrup and powdered sugar. Yum. Isn't her kitchen lovely? This is Christine and The Husband digging in! Afterward, The husband and I walked around Christine's gardens, which are stunning and show what hard work she has been up to for the last year. It is so serene and lush.
Here is the pretty lady posing in one of the antique stores we visited that morning. I took some pictures along the scenic street filled with shops. Natchez is filled with wonderful places to visit, shop and dine in. The downtown area is very picturesque. We truly enjoyed ourselves.

Sadly, we had to leave right after lunch as Christine was picking up her daughter and grandsons from the airport for a 9 day stay. I could tell she was excited. We said our goodbyes and once again promised to get together soon. It was such a thrill seeing her home which many of you have had the chance to see on her blog. It is just as stunning in person. Everywhere you turn there is something beautiful to look at. And she and John were wonderful hosts.

I hope you have enjoyed this little tour of Natchez. I need to remember to carry my camera at all times. Christine has many more pictures you may want to see. :-)

Thanks Christine and John for a truly wonderful visit and fun part of our New Orleans trip!


Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hi Jane,
Loved the pics! And that is so awesome that you got to see Christine's home and tour her town.
Who would have ever guessed that blogging would lead us to these new friendships!
It's sunny and beautiful here today. Dan is still sleeping, we didn't get back until almost 5:00 a.m.
Hugs, Cindy

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Jane...

It looks like you had a marvelous time visiting Mississippi and Christine! Girlfriend, I just looked through all of your vacation photos from New Orleans...I love that B&B that ya'll stayed at...gorgeous! I have been to New Orleans a couple of times...that city just amazes me! The history, the people...such charm! Thanks for sharing your photos with us!!!

I also wanted to thank you for stopping by and taking a peek at my Lilacs and's always a pleasure to visit with you, Darlin'! I also really enjoyed your sweet note...thank you!!!

Have a fabulous day!
Chari @Happy To Design

AshTreeCottage said...

What a wonderful trip you are having! How nice that you could visit with a blogging friend as well as seeing that most charming part of the country!!

Susan and Bentley

Janie's World said...

It looks like a great time visiting. Thanks for sharing.

Marydon Ford said...

Oh, oh, OH! You went to Longwood, so awesome to visit these mansions/plantations.

Nothing better than meeting our new friends in person, glad you are having such a fabulous time ...

Have a beau-TEA-ful day!
TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Oh, Janie! This looks like a great time, and I'm SO glad you had this chance to visit Christine! I truly believe that blogging friendships are some of the best, and I am looking forward to the day when you come see us! You tickled me saying you looked incognito... you look your beautiful self and hub's looks his handsome self, and you are that in spades! So is Christine... love that pic of her, too. I'm assuming that John was on call. My BIL was a doctor and missed being in lots of shots, and I miss them because I escape from cameras like the indigenous people do. Not going to let it trap the magpie in me! ;-)

I'll be sure to get over to her blog and see her pics, too.



Stacey said...

That looks like so much fun!!

PAT said...

Thanks so much for sharing your trip. I enjoyed the photos! Looks like you all had a great time.

Kim said...

Christine is one of the sweetest ladies I've had the pleasure of meeting here in blogland. She reached out to me when I first started blogging and I've always enjoyed her lovely blog. She has a gorgeous home. So nice that you were able to visit with her!

susan said...

Janie-I am so envious! Doesn't Natchez have beautiful homes? I hope you have even more pictures to share--and that you are out of the shadows :)I am sure Christine was the perfect hostess! NOW come to Memphis!!! We don't really have great antebellum homes, but we have Graceland and BBQ :)

June said...

Jane your trip sounds like a wonderful time and a truly great trip with The Husband. New Orleans is so beautiful. How exciting that you were able to have this time with Christine.
When I think of all of you I would love to meet, it would take a lifetime. But it is certainly something worth working at.

Bonnie said...

Hi Jane what a wonderful trip you had and it's so awesome that you got to meet up with a fellow blogger. Loved the picture in the kitchen it looked warm and inviting!

Have a great day, Bonnie

Cathy said...

Oh I love Natchez...I am sooo jealous you are there;)!

Looks like ya'll are having a wonderful time! Did you save me a waffle;)?


Julie Marie said...

Hello Jane, thanks for sharing such beautiful pics... looks like you had such a nice time... I would LOVE to go there... and how fun you are meeting new blogger friends, she is a doll! xoxo Julie Marie

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Hi Jane.....I have never been to that area of the country but you made it sounds very intriguing! I will have to check out her blog. Thanks for stopping by and giving your opinion on my big window!~Hugs, Patti

Jane said...

Sounds like a wonderful trip. And how nice to meet a fellow blogger!
We are heading to Mississippi this weekend (Oxford) for my son's college orientation. He's really excited about attending Ole Miss this fall.

Charlene said...

Jane, Your trip looks magical! Nothing better than good food & good friends. Looks like Christine did indeed pull out all the stops. And I did love the B&B you stayed at. But, no A/C in a city like New Orleans can be a BAD thing!!!! Glad you had such fun. HUGS! Charlene

sissie said...

Hi Jane,
I'm glad you had a great time with your friend. I've never been to Natchez, but it looks like a beautiful place.
Christine is a cutey and her kitchen is wonderful. Nice of her to make you homemade waffles, can't beat that.

Sissie said...

Hi Jane:) How much fun was that??? She is adorable and you and 'the husband' make such a great couple. It must have been great to get away and visit. Glad you had such a nice time.
Blog: Capers of the vintage vixens

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Oh how fun that you got to visit Christine. I love meeting blogging friends in real!

Debbie said...

Wow Jane! how neat that you were able to stay at another bloggers home like that. Isn't it amazing the people we are meeting and becoming friends with?!
What a great trip you had!

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Oh Jane, You must have had a blast and it's so much fun meeting a fellow blogger. I don't know her but will skip over to her blog for a visit. Now I am off to read more about your adventure. xo Lynn

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

I'm glad you're having such a nice time on your trip. Thanks for sharing all of your photos and taking us along with you :-)

Shelia said...

Hi Jane! Oh, how wonderful to meet Christine. She's a beautiful lady inside and out! How sweet of her to cook for you.
Glad you had a great time!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

koralee said...

What a fun visit..thank you for sharing! xoxo

xinex said...

We truly enjoyed having you, Jane. Too bad it was too short but we were able to do a lot in a short time, didn't we? Just a little correction, we ate at the Castle which was the carriage inn of Dunleith and not Stanton Hall. Stanton Hall also has a restaurant behind it called Carriage Inn and we were going to eat lunch there but did not make it b/c they close at 2 PM. Your pictures of downtown look really good...Christine

linda said...

How truly wonderful that you were able to spend so much time with Christine and her husband. Just from reading her blog, they seem so sincere and hospitable. So glad you had such a nice visit.

KarenHarveyCox said...

Hi Jane,
You are having a wonderful time, I can see by your photographs. What an amazing opportunity to visit with a blogging friend and enjoy her part of the country.

Lovely photographs.


Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

Ohhhh sigh... What a wonderful, wonderful visit! I'm not familiar with Christine's blog but I'll be sure to pop on over there.

You asked how I got interested in 'BoH,' in comments on this entry in my blog. :-) I'm new to "Band Of Horses" actually. You know I'm a 'Twilight' fan. When I learned that 'BoH' was one of Kristen Stewart's [actor in 'Twilight'] fav bands, I took a listen. And was hooked. Just loved their sound. :-)

I'm probably their oldest fan! As I've been the oldest fan of 'Twilight' for some time. ,-)

Yes, I'm kind of nutty, but it's being fun. If I can't have fun now, when can I? ,-)

Rebecca said...

Oh my gosh...sweet blog! How have I not found you before? I'm glad you found me via my giveaway so I could find you, Jane (Blondie) :).

Sweet place you have and I LOVED seeing pics of your trip!

More soon...gotta tag along to see what you are up to next!


Pondside said...

It sounds as though you had a grand holiday, Jane. Do you know how exotic names like Natchez and New Orleans sound way up here?
I'll have to pop over to see Christine's blog - I think I've been missing something!

Privet and Holly said...

Blondie! Your pictures brought back fond memories of my recent trip to Natchez with my mom! {Not sure if you followed my blog back in April when I wrote about it?} It's like a whole different world, isn't it? We also went to Longwood and Stanton Hall. Loved them both....and your pictures, too. Fun fun trip! xx Suzanne

KarenB said...

Looks like you had a wonderful trip! I'm heading out myself. Thanks for taking us along!


Lorrie said...

This sounds like a very special part of your trip Jane. The friendships that form are one of the neatest parts of blogging.

The B&B you stayed in looks fabulous. I've really enjoyed going along on this trip with you.

Kathleen said...

You really get around! Looks like you had fun! I wont even ask about the dishes! :)

Gypsy Heart said...

Love Natchez! You had a great opportunity to visit the south. :-)
So great that you were able to visit with Christine and yes, her home is beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing the joys of your trip.



Hi Jane, Thank you for sharing part of your trip to see Christine, what a treat to meet a blogging friend. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

xinex said...

How sweet of AL to creat a little garden for you. I can't wait to see it....Christine

Anita said...

How cool you got to do that!! I always enjoyed NO when I visited. I was there right before Katrina, I cannot imagine it now. Thanks for stopping by! Sorry I have been MIA lately, just busy with life!

Natasha said...

Wow, what a fabulous trip and how fabulous to meet up with sweet Christine! I would so love to do something like that one day.

Thanks for sharing these holiday pictures Jane.

Best wishes for a great weekend,

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Hi, Jane, thanks for stopping by. You were lucky to find those hardwoods, that is fantastic!

As far as filling in all the blanks, I usually have to do it once a day & once I'm signed in, I can keep signing in at other blogs too. Mine is Wordpress & I didn't change anything, so I'm not sure why you keep having to sign in again. But, I know when I sign in, it only saves it for the day.

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi Jane, love your sweet pics. It is so nice to see you and Christine. You look like you are having a great time.

Thanks for sharing this with us. Makes me feel closer to you. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Hugs, Barb ♥

myletterstoemily said...

such a wonderful trip you took. sounds
like lots of fun.

keep taking those 'baby steps.' :)

Heaven's Walk said...

Hi Janie! What a wonderful trip you took us all on! Thank you!! I've never been to New Orleans, but now I must! lol!

Hugs ~


Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Christine is lovely and has a gorgeous kitchen! What a treat to wake up to.

Enjoyed the trip photos!!

:) Becky

Theresa said...

Oh how sweet! It is so nice to get to visit with friends! Sounds like you had a great time! Enjoy your weekend and by all means take your camera with you ALWAYS! HUGS!

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Oh how fun, Jane! I would love to see Christine's lovely home and hang out! I bet you two had a blast! Looks like a good time was had by all! Happy weekend!...hugs...Debbie

Deb {Posted from} Home said...

Looks like you had a fantastic time!

Karena said...

Jane, what a fun time. I love little journeys like this!

Art by Karena

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

What a fun time you had...went over to Christine's blog & saw all of those fabulous pictures - wow!! Loved your bed & breakfast as well - what wonderful memories!

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

Hi Jane!
What wonderful pictures! I am so jealous that I wasnt there! Id love to meet you both! So glad you two ladies had a nice visit!!!!
Thank you for your sweet comment on my Friday post, The House that Built Me. My Friday post regarding the Miranda Lambert song was also personal to my readers. I received several emails and comments of your childhood homes and how your childhood home "built" you. What a beautiful song, what a beautiful sentiment. Scrappy Dee left a comment about her grandmothers home and how meaningful and special that it was to her. She also suggested that I have a Mr. McLinky party where we could share our special house that built "you". I would love to hear a special memory of growing up in your special place, or perhaps it is your home now. Share photographs too!

We will have the "House that Built Me" Party on Friday June 18!!!!

Hopefully that will give you enough time to think about, type and publish your post.

I will post Mr. McLinky on Thursday night June 17th, following Thrifty Thursday. I hope to have the link up by 8PM, assuming there are no linky issues. So, join me won't you, in sharing your special memories. Think of it as a progressive house warming party. That's exactly what it is!

Melanie said...


Isn't it wonderful what the blogging world can lead to? I am so glad that you got to meet your friend. Mississippi is a beautiful state. Glad that you had a good time.

Sandra said...

What a wonderful vacation...would love to visit the deep south one day! Thanks for sharing the photos.

Anita said...

Good question! I think maybe because the fabric is slicker. Whatever it is, he will not get in those chairs now, lol!

MrsKBJ said...

Your vacation looks amazing!! Great pictures!!

Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

Jane..thank you for sharing your wonderful trip with us! Christine is a lovely hostess and I loved seeing the pictures of your visit with her (and all the others too).


My Grama's Soul said...

Hi Jane.....what great pics. I have been to New Orleans.......but we are going to make it yet.. Thanks for sharing this trip with us.

Shellbelle said...

Hi Jane, I wanted to stop by and thank you for your thoughtful words on my recent loss. It was such a comfort to be able to share with all my blogging friends and have their shoulders for support.

Christine's kitchen looks wonderful and I just bet those waffles smelled heavenly. So glad you had such a fun trip!

Shelia said...

Hi Jane! Thank you for your sweet visit! Hope you've had a great weekend and are staying out of trouble! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Debra@Common Ground said...

Oh, I'm really enjoying your trip photos, and the B&B breakfast's sound so yummy! Glad you're having a wonderful time!

Rettabug said...

How cool, Jane, that you got to meet & stay with Christine!! Her home looks positively marvelous & your entire trip sounds divine. I'm so glad you got to experience all of it.
We loved NO!!

I must go see the rest of your photos. Thanks for sharing your wonderful trip with us.

Crystal said...

Oh Jane, it looks like you had a fantastic time with Christine. What a great place to visit and a personal tour too.
Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving your encouraging comments while I was in this whirlwind called life. I feel like I am almost back on the ground :)
Have a great week.

Debbie said...

That is so cool you and Christine are friends and you where so lucky to visit her awesome home....I have a vision of it in person, and I know what a warm woman she is.....looks like a great time and thanks for sharing with us.

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Hi Jane..

WOW! It looks like you had a wonderful trip.. How fun getting to meet Christine... She's such a sweetie.


prashant said...

The history, the people...such charm! Thanks for sharing your photos with us!!!
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