Thursday, April 10, 2014

WHEN PIGS FLY. . . .


I'll retire and have a couple of chickens in our backyard and maybe bees!
We'll go to Alaska and also England!
We'll buy a place on the lake!
WHEN PIGS FLY!
This metal silhouette is crafted in Mother Lode Country of Northern California. Each piece is individually made. Carrie is wonderful to work with. The pig was originally on a stake to put in the ground; 
but I asked to have him flying!! 
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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

NEW ORLEANS - THE FOOD

When in New Orleans, throw caution to the wind and start your meal with dessert.
Since 1862 - Coffee and Beignets!
No seats available outside, 
with people standing in line. 
We walked to the back and sat in an  air conditioned room where the servers pick up 
their orders and fill the drinks. 

Next was a trip to the Central Grocery for an Italian-American muffuletta sandwich.

If you like olives and olive oil - 
you'll love the Central Grocery! 
Our first night in town, we found this hole in the wall, which had excellent Cajun Favorites. 
We had the NO Sampler with Crawfish Etouffee, Gumbo, Red Beans, Fried Green Tomatoes w/ a side of remoulade and biscuit. 
HOT, HOT, HOT!! 
But excellent!
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Another place we tried and loved was 
We were on the St. Charles Streetcar, hopped off when we saw the sign, ate and jumped back on the streetcar to head back to our hotel. 
We had shrimp and grits, fried green tomatoes with crab and more gator! 
With distinctive Creole and Cajun dishes, 
the Big Easy spirit feeds your soul.
What a week, with so much more to see.
We'll be back New Orleans!!  


Sunday, April 6, 2014

NEW ORLEANS - THE STREETCARS & ST. CHARLES AVE

 Out the front door of our hotel The Pontchartrain, was a pick up for the St. Charles Streetcar.
We parked the van when we arrived on Monday and didn't need it again until we pulled away from the hotel on Friday to come home.
The RTA operates four streetcar lines which run along or intersect with Canal Street in the area between the French Quarter and the Central Business District and along the river. 
It's only $1.25 (have exact change) for a ride. 
We purchased a 3-day Jazzy Pass for $9. which gives unlimited travel on buses and all the streetcars.
St. Charles Ave. has been described as "The Jewel of American's Grand Avenues."
We rode the St. Charles Street Car out to the historic Audubon Park, across the street from Loyola and Tulane University. 
    A Cypress Tree with knees along 
the bank of the pond.    
The Live Oaks were magnificent 
with new leaves coming out. 

Can you imagine the history these gentle giants 
have experienced. If only they could talk.


The streetcar rumbles along fairly slowly 
and stops enough to take pictures 
of the homes that line the street. 
St. Charles is the place of residential grandeur. 

Our hotel clerk remarked that when you live 
on St. Charles Avenue -  
"You have arrived!" 
These are but a few examples of the, architectural grand homes
that decorate St. Charles Avenue.
Truly a jewel along New Orleans most splendid thoroughfares. 

Saturday, April 5, 2014

NEW ORLEANS - WWII MUSEUM

The WWII Museum uses its collection of artifacts, archives and oral histories to take history beyond the pages of textbooks.
A most impressive part of the museum, were the "volunteers" who are actual
WWII Vets; all sharing their personal stories.
The number of WWII Vets is shrinking quickly.
Those left are in their late 80s and 90s.
We arrived when the doors were opened and 
we were the last ones to leave at the end of the day. 
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There is a restaurant, but we attended the Stage Door Canteen for lunch (by Chef John Besh) and enjoyed a show with The Victory Belles , Spirit of America. 
 The girls sang The Andrews Sisters, folk, bluegrass and other patriotic classics.
 
This museum celebrates the American spirit - the teamwork and courage of the men and women who won World War II.
There are 7,200 oral histories collected and over 100,000 artifacts supporting major exhibits and research. Over 400,000 of our country men gave their lives to achieve this victory. 
Be sure to visit -
 

Friday, April 4, 2014

NEW ORLEANS - ST. LOUIS CEMETERY #1

One of our walking tours was St. Louis Cemetery #1. 
It was founded in 1789 and is the oldest existing cemetery in New Orleans. 
 The tombs and vaults stand tall above the ground, 
in the French and Spanish tradition due to the low water table in New Orleans. 


Individual families still seem to be burying 
their dead in these family vaults.


Wall vaults were the tombs of the poor and were the lowest in cost to the owners. Due to the climate in NO, decomposition of the remains is rapid.  One year and a day following the burial, the vault could be opened and remains of the buried body would be pushed to the back, falling into a 6-foot deep opening.
Next. . . 

 This tomb belongs to Nicholas Cage.
He isn't dead, but the actor is a part time resident in NO and having financial problems.
Since the IRS is not able to seize burial property; 
he paid the city a quarter of a million dollars 
for his 9 foot tall pyramid shaped tomb.
"Omia Ab Uno" means "Everything from One."
That IS lip stick from ladies kissing his tomb.
 The most famous and probably the most visited tomb belongs to Marie Laveau - The Glapion Family Tomb.
(1794-1881)
 Marie was married to a free man of color.
During this time period she learned 
the practice of Voodoo.
After the death of her husband, Marie began a life-long relationship with C. Glapion with whom she had fifteen children. She was a successful business woman and her religious services combined elements of Voodoo and Catholicism.
The XXX's indicate favors granted or requested.   


Another soul who practiced VooDoo.




St. Louis Cemetery #1 is a fascinating place and 
has been for over 200 years, 
a resting place for the departed. 

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