S: Louisiana 2012
BC: The southern tradition is to give guests a pineapple on their pillow; which meant it's time to leave. Thank You Darrell & Stephanie for such a wonderful and memorable trip.
FC: Louisiana | April 2011
1: April, 2011
2: Vacation 2011 New Orleans We stayed at the Hotel St. Marie in the heart of the French Quarter! Our first impression of New Orleans - dirty, old,& run down.
3: As we soon found out "Never judge a book by it's cover!" | New Orleans
4: Our first night we went exploring. We found a pub with my Grandma Henry's maiden name! | It's 5 o'clock somewhere! | Flanagan's Pub!!
5: Harriet Beecher Stow stopped here and was inspired to write "Uncle Tom's Cabin" from the sights of the nearby slave markets. The novel in- sighted the Civil War. Bought in 1834 by Dr. Biamenti who brought his young bride to live here from Iowa had the fence erected so she could look out the window and have a piece of home with her. Pumpkins are the base of the | The Cornstalk | Fence | Hotel | columns around which are entwined by pumpkin vines and morning glories. A yellow butterfly is spotted on the front gate.
6: Nothing like a Beignet in the morning! Cafe Du Monde since 1862
7: MMM Good!
8: St. Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square rebuilt in 1794, St. Anthony's garden behind was famous dueling ground!
10: The Mighty Mississippi!
11: Carriage Ride
13: Crazy Hot Sauce!
14: The French Market! The best thing was the snowballs!
15: Mardi Gras!
16: Steamed Crawfish | Jumbalya | Shrimp & Crawfish Fetuccini | Crawfish Gumbo
17: Jean Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop One of the 3 oldest buildings in New Orleans, dating back to 1722. | Legend has it that the pirate brothers Jean & Pierre Lafitte used this location as a front for more lucrative, extra legal pursuits like slave trafficking. He was the man to see for whatever one wanted. Hero of the Battle of New Orleans as he rushed supplies to Gen Jackson. It is believed that there is still hidden treasure in the pub fireplace, and that his spirit still guards it! Since the 1940's it's been a bar lit only by candlelight.
18: Marie Laveau's House of Voodoo!
20: Night Life | Aiee!
21: On Bourbon Street!
22: The music in New Orleans is Awesome! | Jazz | Legends!
23: Cafe Beignet! | Good ole Southern breakfast - | Grits, crawfish omlette, | Beignets & Cafe Latte! | Yummo!!
24: Casa De | Melancon
25: We Gon Pass | A Good Time | Der Cher!
27: Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler!
28: The Ragun Cagun! Radio station between two pastures | "The Mountain!" | Bridge going up on The Bayou!
30: Restaurant Des Familles Micaela's choir teacher Mr. Hunt's daughter owns this restaurant. We looked her up and had a good meal. She was so nice! The view from the dining room overlooking the bayou was spectacular! Sometimes they see alligator
31: Good Food
32: Aunt Janice & Uncle Woody took us to the Senior Center for lunch and to meet their friends. Good food & good people!
33: St Joseph Plantation, circa 1830 | The birthplace of H.H. Richarson one of the most important architects of the 19th century. Joseph Waguespack purchased this plantation after it was sold at a sheriff's sale following the Civil War. Joseph's descendants, the Waguespack and Simon families have kept this sugar plantation thriving for 130 years!
34: The Slave Quarters
35: Anyone need to go potty?
36: The School House.
37: The Outside Kitchen.
39: The Christening dresses are still worn by babies in the family to this day. It was interesting to learn some of the mourning customs of the time period.
40: The view from the Veranda! They have uncovered the original brick walkway in front. Visiting here really takes you back in time!
41: The Parlor- used for entertaining guests after dinner. | The kids liked the old fashioned View Finder. | The Bedroom. | No closets because they were considered another room for tax purposes.
42: Indoor Bathroom - The slaves filled the tub from an outside door. | Sick Room | Dr's Desk | Mustache Cup
43: Portrait of the owners. | Front Entryway | Furs they used to trap & trade. | View from the road.
45: Metairee | Cemetery
46: Have you ever saw | such a beautiful cemetery?
49: The only grave Darrell knew - Al Copeland, the founder of Popeye's chicken!
50: Breathtaking view from the road!
51: Across the road from the plantation is the Mississippi River. That's how they got the sugarcane to market. You can't see it from the road till you climb the levee.
52: The gardens were spectacular! | The copper pots used to be | used for | boiling sugar cane.
53: The back of the mansion. | The tree roots grow under ground & come back up.
54: Oak Alley
58: Oak Alley was a Great history lesson for all of us. I love the Southern Belle Era.
59: It amazed and saddened us how someone could put a price on another human being.
60: Cajun Encounters We took a boat trip in the swamp to see alligators. They were just coming out of hibernation. Nature is sure amazing & beautiful!
62: Watch Out for Alligators!
63: The Swamp is so Beautiful!
64: Beware of Gators!
65: Honey Island Swamp
66: My dream house on The Bayou!
67: Damage from Hurricane Katrina
68: Want a marshmallow?
70: The Beignet's were so good we had to get them one more time! And we payed to look at the stars. | Got Beignet's
71: Ever seen a house on stilts? | Port Fouchon
74: The Best place to Eat! Matthew's new favorite food - Alligator Bites!!
77: Who ever heard of a carwash in the middle of a field out in no where?! This tuxedo rental has been here for years. I thought it was an abandoned garage! LOL
82: We really enjoyed this trip. We passed a good time dar cher! As Micaela says now we have more family to miss! We are definitely "Cajun Coon Ass" wannabe's!
83: I love my "Cajun Coon Ass"