S: NEW ORLEANS, LA 2012
BC: SIGNS OF THE TOWN
FC: NEW ORLEANS 2012 | NOLA
1: You Make My Sun Shine | OUR HOTEL | The Maison St. Charles Hotel was located in the Garden District. It was a great location and even had a street car line that picked us up right in front of the hotel
2: First Night on Bourbon Street
3: Alligator Bites
4: More shots from our first night on Bourbon Street. We had dinner and our first Hurricane at Pat O'Brien's. It was ON after that...you'll be able to tell from the pictures.
6: So many Daiquri flavors, so little time
7: The Bar where we had Washington Apples and listened to a Jazz Band | LINDSEY'S SWAG | NEW ORLEAN'S FINEST
8: It seemed that each night one of us ended up a little tipsy... aka drunk. . This was Charlotte's night
11: These pictures prove that you can have fun with anything if you just add Alcohol... Taken in one of the outdoor garden areas at the hotel. | BY THE END OF THE NIGHT, THIS WAS MY VISION
12: COURT OF TWO SISTERS- Jazz Brunch Day 2
13: We had a Jazz Brunch to Start off day two. Lindsey and Jennifer were a little disappointed, but Charlotte liked it. After lunch we strolled around the French Quarter before we headed for our Hurricane Katrina tour.
14: HURRICANE KATRINA TOUR | One of many Levy's that had a breach which caused the flooding.
15: This tour was the beginning of our History lesson for the week. The devastation that remains is unbelievable. We learned so much about Katrina and her aftermath. The X on the house is the communication system rescuers used to relay important details. The pictures on the right page are new homes built through a program spearheaded by Brad Pitt, very modern and uniquely designed. Designers submitted ideas and about 10 different ones were selected. These were built in a poor area that had a lot of devastation, about 75 of 150 have been constructed to date. | Home of Fats Domino
16: city park | Stuffed Crab
17: After the Katrina Tour we went to a little dive restaurant recommended by a friend. When we arrived we all looked at each other wondering if the food would be good. It was actually awesome. All three of us had the stuffed crab. It was very good. After dinner, Lindsey and Jennifer found the slot machines behind the swinging doors. We headed home early to get some rest. We have a packed agenda planned . | Random Street Pictures
19: SPANISH MOSS---It's not spanish or moss
20: SWAMP TOUR
21: Touring the swamp at Cajun Pride was a great way to start our action packed day. We had a great time on this two hour tour. Who knew Gators and Coons liked to eat Marshmallows. It was quite amazing to hear our tour guide call for the gators and they would come toward the boat at the sound of his voice. Another plus was that our guide was quite handsome
22: IRIS our tour guide | SAN FRANSCISCO PLANTATION | Our wanna be tour guide
23: Our visit to the plantation provided us with a great history of what it was like to live in a Port City in the 1820's. This plantation had a sugar mill and several slaves that lived and worked here. It was a beautiful home but we could not take any pictures inside. It was definitely a man's world back in this day. | Slave Home | School
24: NOLA CEMETERY | We were quite fascinated with the cemetery. It is so different than what they do at home. They bury people above ground because the city is about 5 feet below sea level. This keeps them from floating away.
26: OUR TOUR GUIDE
27: Our visit to the Mardi Gras Museum was one of the highlights of our trip. We learned so much about this celebration.
28: Getting our liquid courage as we prepare to go on the haunted tour. We stopped in this little bar and had a few hand grenade's. They were quite tasty, but the overall consensus was that we like Hurricanes better.
29: HAND GERNADE BAR
30: OUCH!!!! IF A HOME HAS ONE OF THESE, IT USUALLY MEANS THEY HAVE A DAUGHTER...deters the boys from sneaking in......and out!!!
31: This was our FOURTH tour today, gave a whole new meaning to the word "tourist." Lindsey was quite enamored with Lord Chaz, He was a very unique individual. We're still trying to determine if he is a real VAMPIRE...bet he hasn't blinked yet. | See any open shutters? | Scene from Interview with a Vampire was filmed here.
32: what a day | We forgot to eat dinner with all of our excitement today, our options were limited at midnight--Look at Jen's YAWN!!! We had our nighcap at Cafe DuMonde with Coffee and Biegnets...powdered sugar heaven!!!
33: FRENCHMAN STREET | Very cool Church near Bourbon Street, One of favorite pictures from this trip.
34: We purchased a City Card for most of our tours and activities. One of the items was a Cajun/Creole Cooking Class at Crescent City Cooks. This was a great experience and we had some of the best food of the trip. Freshly prepared Jambalaya, Gumbo, Bananas Foster and a Praline. YUM yum....notice the empty bowl that almost looks like it was licked clean.
36: DOMNIO SUGAR REFINERY | MORE KATRINA DAMAGE | PORT IN ACTION | WATER TAXI | FERRY BOAT | SIGHTS FROM OUR AFTERNOON STEAMBOAT CRUISE DOWN THE GREAT MISSISSIPPI RIVER
37: UNCLE LOUIE | MOBILE OIL RENINERY | JAZZ BAND | STREET JAZZ PLAYER
38: BEFORE | AFTER | HAPPY HOUR
39: THE NEXT AMERICAN IDOL | 18 Hurricanes later....we stopped in Margaritaville for Happy Hour...did we ever get happy, Jen even took the mic....lol . The beginning of a very eventful evening...I think Jennifer was on the ground more than on her feet.
41: DRUNK AND DISORDERLY..... NO BETTER WAY TO DESCRIBE THE EVENTS OF THIS EVENING....what else would you expect after 18+ Hurricanes...An evening full of laughter, dancing.......and falling down
42: crime scene investigation | These pictures brought us more laughs than anything on the trip....here's the story | VICTIM #1 | VICTIM #2
43: As the previous pages show, there was a lot of Hurricane activity on this night. After dancing the night away, having breakfast, and meeting new friends , we returned to the hotel. Jen passed out in back seat, Lindsey was ready to puke. When Lindsey went to the room the key wouldn't work, so after getting Jen's intoxicated self out of the car I went to the front office to get a new key. When I returned this is the scene I found. Both of them passed out on the sidewalk. The new key didn't work either so I had to enlist the help of security to get another key, while--llike any good friend would do I proceeded to take pictures and upload them to facebook. The security guard almost fell to his knees laughing when he came back with the new key. The next morning Jen said, I can't even be mad because this is just funny!!! | Morning after | GHOST?
44: St. CHARLES STREETCAR
45: FRENCH QUARTER | TODAY WAS OUR LAST DAY IN NOLA. We decided to travel only by streetcar, which was a great idea...well until it rained....but we survived. We went to the WW2 Museum AND had a delicious dinner at ZEA---Rotisserie chicken. corn grits and roasted potatoes. It was delicious.
46: SPEECH SPEECH SPEECH | tHIS MUSEUM WAS MUCH MORE THAN WE EXPECTED. wE LEARNED SO MUCH ABOUT WHAT REALLY HAPPENED DURING THIS WAR. tHE bEYOND ALL BOUNDARIES MOVIE, IN 4-d, LEFT ALL THREE OF US IN TEARS. WHAT AN EMOTIONAL EXPERIENCE....
47: war is over | OGDEN ART MUSEUM
48: uncle Louie and his street dog | Our last stroll on Bourbon St. This vacation is coming to an end...all we have left now is memories....sweet, sweet memories. These were a few of our final sights on this famous street.
49: jazz greats | street performers | on a mission for souvenirs | drunk man making out with wooden statue
50: Our FINAL hurricanes of the trip.....we decided to really get in the spirit and break out the masks.