Speaking of Wife Whisperer (weren't we?) we took a little side trip to the Beau Rivage Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi...not because we're big on gambling but because I'm big on The Band Perry.
Boy, Biloxi was hit so hard by hurricane Katrina. Which makes me glad that we decided to take this trip and support the local economy. The area is just not the same. Many, many of the old houses facing the beach were wiped out and never rebuilt. The Treasure Bay Casino was also damaged very badly. Their casino used to be in a "pirate ship" on the water. It was totally destroyed and never rebuilt. Just so you get an idea, here's the before and after:
We visited their new casino (unknowingly looking for the boat!) and found these amazing Chihuly chandeliers, in rainbow colors.
There were two of them...just about knocking my eyeballs out of their sockets.
They're just stunning. I love his work.
The Beau Rivage was damaged, as well. From what I can tell, they've made a nice comeback. This is a beautiful, Las Vegas style, hotel but with better (on some things!) prices.
We had a lovely gulf view, from our room...
...which turned pretty crazy by the afternoon. That's the Hard Rock, which has also come back, nicely.
From our room, I saw some dolphin hi jinx. Such a beautiful thing!
We had two lovely dinners; one at Jia (hibachi style) and one at the Italian kitchen called Stalla. They call Stalla "casual" but it really wasn't. It was fantastic and kinda fancy.
This onion stack volcano, at Jia, was kinda fancy, too. I'm just going to say...I don't have the most sophisticated palette but the food we had was some of the best I've had. Also, not pictured for personal reasons (guilt!) we had an enormous slice of chocolate cake from the Terrace Cafe. Of course we shared it...I couldn't possibly have eaten the whole thing alone. ;) I happen to be a connoisseur of chocolate cake and I can say, without equivocation, that this is the best chocolate cake in all the land.
So...no photo. It was gone in a flash.
Oh yeah...the concert. It was fabulous! The Band Perry is one of my faves. They're young and energetic and beautiful...with beautiful music.
Although I'm sure that many of the old live oaks were damaged or dropped, there were still many. This one was one of the babies. It's got to be a couple hundred years old. I guess 150 but there's no way for me to tell. Gorgeous and majestic thing.
By the way...did I mention that this was an anniversary trip? 30 years and counting, baby!
It seems like 3.
Can't even described to you how blessed I am.
Thanks for reading along, friends!