Tuesday, April 26, 2011

More vacation pictures

Hi, everyone.

As promised, here are some more pics of our trip to New Orleans.

Below is a picture of a boat that was used during Katrina to rescue over 150 people. It's enclosed behind a fence.

This is the tomb of Maria Laveaux, a/k/a the Voodoo Queen, in the oldest cemetery in N.O. We were taken there during our carriage ride and we were given some time to go into the cemetery. We didn't stay long at all as Logan got the heebie jeebies but we did eavesdrop on a tour guide telling her group the history of this tomb. Evidently, Marie is not in the tomb as it was desecrated but we still left our offering of 3 pennies each outside of her tomb. Seems she was fond of copper and we weren't taking any chances offending any spirits. In fact, prior to entering the cemetery, we each had to knock 3 times on the stone entrance to alert the spirits of our presence. I don't know if the carriage driver was pulling our chains or not but I was not going to be the one to scoff at spirits after she told us that people have come out of there not feeling well after not knocking.

Here are my boys at a parakeet aviary at the aquarium. For a dollar you can buy these bird seeded sticks. You merely have to hold it up and within seconds, there's a bird chomping away on the seed while balancing on the stick. The aviary had to have hundreds of every colored parakeet in it as it was very loud in there but I think the elated squeals of children also added to the noise level. We bought five sticks to start with but I think Jim gave Logan more money to go get some more. We had a lot of fun in there. Jim got pooped on twice which I had to get out of his hair but that's what he gets for standing under the tree, right?

I just love this picture of Nemo. I got this thru the glass of the aquarium tank with both the fish moving and the anemone swaying. You had to hear all the little kids saying, "there's Nemo. Look mom, there's Nemo!" It was very cute to see their excitement.

Ever see an albino alligator? Well, take a look at this guy. This was a first for me as I'd never seen one in real life. They had a few of them at that aquarium.

Somewhere in the rainforest exhibit at the aquarium. It was jungle weather in there which makes me wonder why my kid is wearing a his jacket and why I didn't notice that before now.

This is the trolley that travels Canal Street. We took a similar trolley thru the Garden District.

This is what it looks like inside the trolley. The seat backs slide back and forth depending on which way the trolley is traveling. Pretty cool. Again, this was a first for me as I'd never seen anything like this.

First night at dinner.

This is what the view of the Mississippi River looks like when there isn't a ship between the 2 buildings. I think it's pretty cool this city girl can say she's been on the Mississippi River. Never thought I'd ever see it, let alone sail down it.

Lunch is over so I have to go but I'll be back with more. Enjoy the rest of your day and thanks for looking.


luv46kdz said...

Great shots, what a wonderful b'day gift for Jim! The voodoo Queen huh.

Melissa said...

Sounds creepy! I'd probably get the heebie jeebies too, hehe. I love the pictures! What wonderful memories.

Barb said...

Loved those pics. I don't think I would have offended the spirits either. Guess safe than sorry!! LOL Wanting more pics!!! They are great!!!

VanHuis Family said...

Love the pictures! Looks like you guys had a great time!

courtney said...

That pic of Nemo is fabulous!
And I too would have taken the chance of looking silly and knocking at the cemetary entrance....better to be a silly tourist than a cursed one!