“She glances at the photo, and the pilot light of memory flickers in her eyes.”
Frank Deford

Sunday, January 18, 2015

New Orleans, LA

December turned out to be a busy month for me:  a trip to Kentucky (see last post), then to Philadelphia for my nephew's bar mitzvah, Chanuka, and then a vacation in New Orleans, Louisiana between Xmas and New Years.  Phew! That's a lot of airline mileage....

I've always wanted to visit New Orleans and this trip was a lot of fun.  When you think of the Big Easy, you think of partying (Marti Gras), drinking, and eating.  But there's actually a lot of other great things to do there if you like history and architecture and the beautiful outdoors.  I stayed in a timeshare on the northshore of Lake Pontchartrain (which is directly north of N.O.) in a town called Abita Springs, which used to be a summer resort destination for city folk.  It was very pretty and much quieter than staying in town.  It was also a great jumping off point for visiting other places outside of the city.

I apologize ahead of time for the large number of photos posted.  I really tried to narrow down the amount to a manageable size (you should have seen the first cut!), but I think you'll enjoy the ones I've selected.  Grab a cup of coffee and start scrolling :)

Waffles on Maple

St Charles streetcar (oldest continuous running streetcar line in the country).

Lake Pontchartrain Causeway (24 miles long!)

At the Mystery House at the UCM Museum, Abita Springs.

The owner of the Mystery House.


Parade down Louisiana Street.

Tour guide at the Lafayette #1 Cemetery


Houmas House

Custom "Blue Dog" painting by local Cajun artist George Rodrigue.

Destrehan Plantation


The famous Cafe du Monde

Mmmmm beignets!

Jackson Square.

Lafitte's blacksmith shop (it's a bar).

French Market.

CSA half dollar - the only mint to strike coins with a distinctly Confederate design was in
New Orleans, after it was taken over in 1861.

More Blue Dogs and streetcars.

Lake and cypress trees at dawn.

Top of the Biloxi lighthouse.

Biloxi Visitor's Center.

Carved cypress sculptures by Marlin Miller.

Gulf Islands National Seashore - Davis Bayou area.


If you know your history, he was president of the Confederacy, not the USA.
Only in the South...

...and yes, that's a Confederate flag flying.

Jeff himself.

Behind Beauvoir is a cemetery for Confederate soldiers.

Driving along the Gulf Coast.


This is for Dad (a"h).