Sunday, November 17, 2013

New Orleans!

It's sort of fun being back here for the second time as we're a little more familiar with the area and could find our way around much easier than last time (hard to believe it was a year and 8 months ago!).  We also did the tourist thing and took a sightseeing bus around the city.  We practically had it to ourselves as everyone stayed away from the city a few days as it was quite chilly.

the above ground cemeteries

Mardi Gras House - where the parade floats are made

House on Tree - statue from Katrina

Jackson Square

Lots and lots of pralines (did you know it's pronounced prawlines?  neither did I)

Joan of Arc statue

We had hoped to take a Swamp Tour but due to the rainy weather we had to forgo it this time.  Instead we ate gumbo and beignets and strolled around town.  

We met a beautiful artist, Jemu, on Jackson Square and had her paint us a picture for our bedroom.  Recently we had a frame fall and break during a move so we had one open space.  The picture she created signifies our life on the road, seeing a new and changing sunrise/sunset each day and our motto of "simplify".  Thanks, Jemu!  It was great meeting you!

We took a drive across Lake Pontchartrain (which we understand is the longest bridge in the world - 24 miles!) to Abita Srings and toured the Mystery House.  A little strange to say the least!  Lots of junk and one man's "art".  

Lake Pontchartrain Causeway - 24 miles over the lake

Hot Sauce House
Today we start our 2-day drive to Clermont, FL.  We'll spend tonight in a Wal-Mart parking lot (great accommodations!  :-) ) and arrive in Clermont Monday afternoon. 

Til next time...Happy Trails!

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