March 25 - 29
AROUND NEW ORLEANS
|Dinner Night One - Shrimp Pasta. Absolutely fantastic!!|
|My first tasting of beignet doughnuts. This cafe sat in a courtyard |
where we listened to a great band play jazz music.
|Beignets - yummo!|
|The courtyard where we listened to music the first night.|
|Hurricane Katrina memorial statue|
|Dinner of Jambalaya - extra yummo!!|
|I did a double take at this sign - I first though daquaris were on the kids menu!!|
|The horrible uneven streets - NO sits on river silt as it is below sea level. |
The streets were fixed for the SuperBowl this year and are now uneven again.
Makes for a very bumpy car ride and a dangerous walk if you don't keep an eye out!!
|Flood gates - these walls have gates on them that can be closed when it is flooding. |
I thought it was a sliding gate but on closer inspection it swings around and seals in place just like a door.
|Steam boat - there was a guy playing the steam pipes on top! |
(see the video below)
|Laura Plantation house|
|Refrigerator of the time - bury these in the ground and the high|
water table would keep them cool!
|The house was a 30 house structure - it had 30 studs holding the |
structure together. The beams were numbered underneath in the basement.
|The side garden|
|The old kitchen site.|
OAK ALLEY PLANTATION
|The back of the plantation|
|The fan above the table was to cool down the diners and keep away|
bugs. The slave would have to keep it moving fast enough to do this
but slow enough not to blow out the candles on the table. Yikes!
|From the balcony|
|300 year old oak trees make a statement!|
|I was in a boat like this one - it moved very fast on the water!|
|Hercules - the largest alligator they know of in the area. 12-13 feet long!|
|The scenery was very different!!|
|The trees and the fernery were interesting and awesome!|
|Looking through the trees to the swamp land.......|
|Blue sky, green trees, water ....... so different to Colorado at the moment!|
|Hello little guy! We knocked him off his log with our boat after this photo - oops!|
|Our first alligator sighting - in total we saw about 25!|
|The oldest cemetery in town|
|'Voodoo Priestess'' tomb|
|Three areas in this tomb - three people laid at once. |
After 366 days, the section is opened and the remains
brushed to the back of the tomb before the next is laid to rest.
|Our guide who told us that 366 days was the time waited|
as they believed that by then all the fumes
and fluids have disappeared, thus making it safer for the
cemetery workers to open the 'door'.
|A more recent, newer tomb.|