Friday, July 15, 2011

Fun in New Orleans!

Last weekend, we went to New Orleans for 4 days for hubby's medical meeting. I have both my mom and my granddaughter AJ with me so we had to take them. I know we would be doing a lot of walking so we brought a wheelchair for ma, if not, we would be walking very slowly.

The meeting was at Roosevelt Hotel. I love their door and portico. We stayed at Marriott's Renaissance which was just around the corner and it was right next to a Jesuit church, Immaculate Conception. The location was so convenient that we were able to attend mass twice while we were there. It is also very pretty and so I took a lot of pictures inside. I will share them on one of future Sightseeing Saturdays.

I am linking with

The Tablescaper's Seasonal Sundays at

Scenic Sunday at

Harriet's Shadow Shot Sunday at

And here is my contribution, a shadow shot of St. Anthony's Garden, behind St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans, Louisiana. The statue casts a magnified shadow of Jesus Christ onto the cathedral at nighttime!

The first day of the meeting, AJ, ma and I took a walk and came across this spa. AJ and Igot a massage and it felt so good. New Orleans is a very busy place and there were so many people walking around.

The shops are very colorful. I think we entered every shop downtown, trying on masks and hats.

My mom will be 93 on the 24th of this month. Doesn't her skin look so good. She hardly have any wrinkles. Must have been all that moisturizing cream she always asked us to buy for her when she was younger.

John has a lunch break every noon so we always

strolled the French Quarter with him too. I love this Hotel Monteleone building. I think it is on St. Charles where the antique stores are.

Do you see the horse post where I am posing? They were used in the olden times to tie their horses there when they park.

The supreme court building is quite impressive too.

You can pretty much wear anything there. And do pretty much anything too!

Lots of pantomimes around trying to make money from tips. They reminded me of those at the Ramblas in Barcelona. How can I ever forget that place when John was pickpocketed there?

They still have horse carriages and cable cars. And one night John and I were walking around, we saw a bunch of cops in horses and also in police cars. We later on found out that there were 2 poeple shot at random. That's one reason we do not take AJ and ma with us at night. We leave them at the hotel. New Orleans is fun but is still is a high crime area.

Harrah's casino

Nope, we did not gamble, just passed by.

Window shopping the antiques stores. I like these dishes but not for $8000.

Bling everywhere! I love the chandy with a big crystal ball hanging. Vanna, are you looking? I took these pics for you!

I took AJ to the Aquarium. I took a lot of pictures inside but I will share them on another Saturday.

St. Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square is the oldest continual operating Catholic cathedral in US.

Cafe du Monde is famous for their beignets and coffee.

AJ was hungry so we stopped to eat
in a cute little cafe right on St.Charles St. next to the Supreme Court.

Still on a high protein diet, John and I both

ordered crawfish omelet and they were really

AJ also ordered beignets. I had 2 bites. I know! I know, I cheated. But you cannot NOT have beignets when you are in New Orleans, lol. They were so good. I wish I was allowed to eat all of at least one. As you can see, the tray got emptied pretty fast.

The Natchez Riverboat is parked right on the Mississippi River. The ticket line was very long. Don't you think we should have one like this in Natchez? It existed in the olden times and I think they are trying to bring it back.

John spotted some street musicians. He brought ma close to be serenaded and she really enjoyed it clapping her hands while they were singing to her.

I did not buy anything in the antique shops. John spotted something he likes and he was thinking he would pay up to $200 for it. When he checked the tag, it was like $3600, lol. You see why we did not buy anything? Their prices were too high.

However, I bought a teapot with fleur de lis on it and a matching salad plate (intending to use it as a tray for the pot or for serving dessert) and a set of 2 cups and saucers. I also bought some veggie ceramic napkin rings.

Sorry for the picture quality. I used my small digital camera because I did not want to walk around with a chunky one.

I love their window planters. They remind me of London.

More pictures of stuff in antique shops to share with you.

On our way home, we passed by the dome. if you remember, during Hurricane Katrina, this is where most people evacuated to but then the water went so high that it took a long time before the people were rescued.

Thank you so much for stopping by and going on a New Orleans trip with us.


Teresa@oursoutherncountryhomeandfarm said...

Hi Christine, thanks for all of the wonderful pics. It has been at least 5 years since we have been to New Orleans, and as a matter of fact, it was for a medical conference. I LOVE that New Orleans food! The gumbo shop was always my favorite place to eat. Oh yum. So glad ya'll got to go and enjoy.

Blondie's Journal said...

Oh...this brought back so many memories from our trip last year! You really got a lot of great shots. I'm not very good with my camera when the sidewalks are full. How sweet that your mother was serenaded! She looks so happy and cute! I know AJ had a wonderful time, too. You both have so much energy! I love your new dishes... very French looking!

I hope you are relaxing now that you are home. Have a wonderful weekend! :-)


Richard Cottrell said...

I am so jealous, I LOVE NEW ORLEANS. Thanks for sharing. Richard at My Old Historic House.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Great pics Christine, it looks like you all had fun and there's plenty to do there! The shadow shot is pretty cool:@)

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Enjoyed seeing all the pictures - thanks for the tour.

Marigene said...

My favorite city in the country...your photos brought back lots of fun memories.
Your beautiful mother looks nowhere near her age...young genes must run in your family!

mypinkprettiesaboutme said...

I've always wanted to go to New Orleans. Thx for bring me along. I do have to say the shadow photo was my favorite. It just blew me away.



Sares said...

I've always been fascinated by the history of New Orleans. I think it would be a fascinating city to visit. I am always amazed at how much ground you cover on your trips! Love the Jesus shadow too but the crime seems a bit scary. Have a great weekend Christine!

Terra said...

This was a grand tour I took via your blog here.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Christine, such a fun trip. I always love seeing your pictures and taking a virtual tour. Hugs, Marty

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

How fun, Christine! I need to go back! I want some beignets! lol Happy weekend!...hugs...Debbie

Dolores said...

I LOVE NEW ORLEANS.......THE colors, the atmosphere, the music, the FOOD......
Your pictures are wonderful..... thank you for sharing and reminding me of this memorable town.
Looks like you all had a marvelous time.

mississippi artist said...

Loved the tour, it has been so long since I visited there. We are probably going somewhere in Louisiana on vacation. I miss it terribly.

Laura Wilkerson said...

Oh how I wish we could go to New Orleans! I just know that's my soul city :) All I wanna do is sit outside sipping a drink and listening to the music. Your mom looks so cute!
Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend! Oh and don't look at my blog until you've eating cause there's more food on there! lol!

bj said...

O, I had so much fun in New glad ya'll did, too.
Great photos...


Thanks for sharing your trip Christine. I love all your photos, what a great trip and so much fun you guys had, I adore New Orleans, we must go back some day soon! You and your girls look wonderful, that AJ is a beauty! One question...did you buy the English gorgeous china?!, JUST STUNNING! Hugs, FABBY

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Love this post Christine!
Beautiful pics, can't believe what some of those people are wearing! hehe.
Your Mom looks great, I think its in the genes there!
I lived in New Orleans when I was a toddler for a brief time. Of course I don't remember so I really would love a trip there!
Hugs friend,

Debbie said...

I have never been to New Orleans. It looks wonderfully fun. I would say that the city has both character and CHARACTERS.

My favorite photo is that wonderful shadow. It takes my breath away.

My second favorite? Your mom in the hat!

Beth said...

Fun post, Christine! It brings back memories. Your shadow shot is awesome, and yes, your mother does have lovely skin! I'll bet she stayed out of the sun.
xo Beth

Marlis said...

Christine, thanks for the lovely post on Nawlins. What a lovely city through your lens. Looks like great fun. thanks for sharing with us. Many blessings, marlis

Gemma Wiseman said...

An incredible post loaded with so many fascinating glimpses of New Orleans The shadow of the Christ figure is dynamic and inspiring!

SavannahGranny said...

Christine, Thanks for the awesome tour of Na'lans. Once a favorite of mine. I haven't been since Katrina. The shopping is always the best. You are right you can wear anything and you can see anything. Thanks again for sharing this tour. Hugs, Ginger

Natasha in Oz said...

Wow, what a great time you had. I loved all of your pictures but I must say I'm really hungry after seeing that delicious food...yum! Thanks for taking me on this wonderful virtual trip.

Best wishes,
Natasha @ 5 Minutes Just for Me

Debra said...

Christine, my husband and I just got back from a couple of days there. Your pictures are so lovely! It is so very hard to stay on a diet in that city. I lost my will and ate a whole bowl full of bread pudding. It was so good!

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

Looks to me that the city has been awakened once again....but not according to what you read in the newspaper or hear on TV. Your New O'leans shots are all so very incredible!! Love the 'witch' on the street...she's cool. LOL

My shadow this week is of a horn cleat [what you use to tie up a boat at the dock]


Hope your weekend has treated you well.

Spadoman said...

I came for Shadow Shot Sunday, and to be honest, this wasn't the blog of the person I thought it was. But I am so glad to have come here to see all these wonderful photos and het a narrative of this fabukus trip to New orleans. I haven't been there since 2008. I need to get back there for a visit and some good food!
I love the Shadow Shot you submitted. It is a one-of-a-kind! I am intriguied by the shadow of Jesus from the light, but no shadow from the tower alongside. Mysterious to say the least.
Thanks again for a wonderful photo journey. Hug your Mother, she is beautiful!


Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Very nice post. I enjoyed.


Debby@Just Breathe said...

Absolutely beautiful pictures. I have never been to New Orleans. Your photos remind me so much of Paris. We stayed in a Marriott Renaissance in London but it was near the airport and was not so fancy on the outside but the inside was lovely. I love your shadow shot of St. Anthony's Garden and I have never seen so many chandeliers like I did in Europe! Thank you for sharing your wonderful trip.

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

We stayed at the Hotel Monteleone on our honeymoon. Seeing the photos of New Orleans brings back great memories of our trips there!

chubskulit said...

Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos Tin, at least nakapagtravel din ako kahit virtul lang hehehe.

The Tablescaper said...

I've never been to New Orleans so I really enjoyed your photographic tour! Such a diverse city. Thanks for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

Hey Harriet said...

Looks like a fun trip! Wonderful photos!

Gloria (The Little Red House with the White Porch) said...

Great trip, Christine and AJ looks so cute. And Happy Birthday to your Mom next week! Please send her my love and tell her my birthday is next week too -- we are both Leos! :)

Anonymous said...

I always enjoy seeing photos from your travels, Christine. These are all absolutely gorgeous!

lvroftiques said...

Christine the french quarter of New Orleans is one of my absolute favorite places in the whole country! Girlfriend I started every day with chickory coffee and beignets at the Cafe du Monde. Soooo yummy!
And THANK YOU for posting those fabulous chandies for meeee!!! Oh be still my heart I'm in bling-a-ding heaven!!
New Orleans was the first time I'd ever had to go thru a double locked door entry to look at antiques. I just wanted to browse and I found a really sweet small french comode that I loved. It turned out to be 75k!!! And that was pretty much indicitive of most of the items in the shop. *gulps* Wayyyyy to rich for my blood but it was such a joy to be able to examine and feel the really good stuff! So no buying much for me either but still such a pleasure! ..Oh and wandering the streets after amazing food and carrying your drink with you...I loved that too! *winks* Vanna

Traci said...

It looks like y'all had a great time. I could just sit on a a corner & people watch all day in New Orleans!!

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