New Orleans

February, 2016

Mardi Gras on 5000 Calories per Day





New Orleans, We Are Here! Are You Ready?
We arrived at 3:30 PM

Linda, Elsa, Peter and Dennis
Dressed for a Cold Mardi Gras Parade
Straight from the Airport to the Krewe of Endymion Parade

The first of the big floats in the Parade

The float crew members are throwing strings of beads
along with Frisbees, plastic cups and other trinkets

Elsa is making the most of it... collecting beads with one hand and eating the famous Muffuletta with the other

Lindas's sister and husband, Scott






Carol and Telfer, Dennis' Mother and Father
Sort the Saturday night Bead Collection


We head for the French Quarter

Walking along the Mississippi River

Elsa proclaims this Statue dedicated to the Immigrant
to be in her honor since it is dated 1964, the year she arrived

More than one could eat at Cafe Maspero

Heading for Bourbon Street

Sunday morning is the perfect time to visit

Dennis and Linda enjoy a quiet Sunday on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter

Elsa drops a tip in the hat for a great Jazz Band

Drinking on the street support the local economy

Jackson Square Park and the St. Louis Catherdral





Arriving in Kenner

Lundi Gras is French for "Fat Monday"

For a mid-day Parade


It's an all-black Parade


Sargent Stewart, Kenner Police Department


Monday Night, the Krewe of Orpheus Parade


"Over here, throw some beads"


Bands played between the floats






Fat Tuesday

The "Real" Mardi Gras Day

Back to Bourbon Street

Tuesday Morning on Bourbon Street


The Lucky Dog


Why is it so Cold?


Cold? Not cold here


Not cold here, either


Hawking customers for $2.00 Beer

Elsa paved the way to a Balcony View of Bourbon Street
Her three new Best Friends from Mexico

Only a few can be on the balcony at once to prevent overloading

Our view from the Balcony

Dennis went down to the street first to take our picture





You are Here at the Laura Plantation, lower right corner
How did they know that?


Sure enough, they were correct

The Laura Plantation Owner's Home

From the rear balcony, the kitchen

The Kitchen

Slave Quarters

The Registry of Slaves

The Plantation Home at Oak Alley

The Oaks, forming the Alley

Oak Alley, the view from the road, close to the Mississippi River

Dinner at Dragos

Elsa's Lobster

Oysters for Dennis and Lobster for Linda





A 2-hour trip on the Paddle-Wheel Steamboat, the Natchez

Back to the River Walk for a ride on the Paddle Wheel Steamer, the Natchez

New Orleans Skyline, from the Mississippi River


Domino Sugar Mill


Here's to the Good Life


Driving home on Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans
Chef Emeril Lagasse's flagship restaurant


A Street Car named St. Charles

Palatial homes on St. Charles Street

The Good Life on St Charles Street




You could live here for only $6,000,000.


The River Shack, a local hangout

Down by the Levee


Where Linda met class-mates not seen in 40 years


The band played Elvis, Elton John and Johnny Cash




Friday - A Slower Day

We watched how they make a sandwich

Lunch at the famous Red Wagon


Chef Pierre served Pot Roast Dinner, made in the Pressure Cooker



Dennis prepares his World Famous Flaming Banana Desert
Casually revealing the Secret Ingredient


The Secret Sauce goes on top of Vanilla Ice Cream





Sushi Lunch before leaving for the airport


Our Sushi Selection Feast


We bid New Orleans a Fond Farewell