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Friday, October 12, 2012

It’s A Wrap

No we didn’t wear out our welcome in New Orleans, we just wore ourselves out.  Three days isn’t enough to do everything that there is to do.  We tried.

As you know, Marti loves to shop and I don’t.  I love museums and Marti doesn’t. How did we work this out?  I went shopping with Marti and suffered through it.  Marti went with me to a museum and suffered through it.  The things we do for those whom we love.

Marti modeled some beads at one of the stores.  No, she didn’t do what people do to earn them during Mardi Gras.  She just was trying them on for size.


We walked around the Riverwalk.  On the way said hello to Winnie.



I wonder why they have a statue of Churchill in New Orleans.  Did he attend Mardi Gras there?

We walked through the stores and found one that offers free rides.


Along the outside of the stores, tugs and barges and ships passed by.  I miss some of the days during my career that I spent visiting vessels like these.


Everywhere you look, there is some interesting sight.



We even saw a very rare avian bird, a Cellar Pelican.


The buildings with the balconies have really beautiful ironwork railings.



Then there are the famous sites, like the Saint Louis Cathedral.


We went to the National World War II Museum.  I was a bit  disappointed.  Yes it is pretty good, but was very light on artifacts.  About 90% of it is photographs.  If you’ve been a student of WWII history like I am, you would have seen most of the photos before.

They did have two gems, though.  A great movie about WWII, produced and hosted by Tom Hanks is a must see.  Then there was this C-47 aircraft hanging from the ceiling.


By tracing the serial number, it was discovered that this aircraft was actually flying over the Normandy Beaches the night before the invasion, dropping American paratroopers behind the German lines.  Then it also participated in the Battle of the Bulge, dropped ammunition and supplies to surrounded American troops.  A very historic aircraft.

We even hit the Harrah’s Casino.


Not to gamble, but the buffet!

Of course I had to sample the red beans and rice.


It didn’t last too long.


But the highlight of every day was the hot tub.  Nothing better to ease the sore muscles from all that walking around.  :c)


Now if I just could find room in one of my basement storage compartments…

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  1. Sounds like you BOTH had a good time in New Orleans. Now, SLOWLY make your way to Huntington Beach :)

  2. I could use a hot tub right now. They have a pool here, but it's not the same :)Ya think those iron railings are for keeping the drunks from falling down off the balcony? :p

    1. There are drunks in New Orleans? I'm aghast at the thought! ;c)

  3. Nice tour, thanks for the pictures.

  4. glad that you both got to enjoy doing what you like and sharing it with your spouse is even better!!

  5. Sounds like you had a lot of fun!! I believe they sell blowup hot tubs;o))

  6. Congrats on what definitely looks like a valient effort to do it all. Good to save a few things for next time. :-))

    Wonder if there is a campround program that will search for hit tubs??

  7. I'm thinking that was a lot better than looking at someone's lost luggage!

  8. That hot tub looks very nice. Wish we had one on our patio!

  9. Isn't it fun being on vacation? Vacations are all about sightseeing, great local food and then a relaxing evening in the hot tub. You have it right.

  10. We're glad Marti kept it clean with the Mardi Gras beads. ;-)

  11. New Orleans is a great place we have been there several times. I was kinda scared there (I seem to attract all the strange people lol) I wouldn't go down to Bourbon Street at night much to JB's chagrin.

  12. I can't believe you didn't make Marti "earn" her beads. lol Oh the sacrifices we make for our spouses. Jim's just glad I'm not a shopper. Have you been to the D-Day Memorial in Bedford, VA? Jim and I really like this small memorial. Our guide was a WWII vet who was at Normandy.

  13. Thanks for the tour of New Orleans - one of the places I'd love to visit someday. Paulette's a shopper while I prefer museums and historic sites so I know what you mean when you talk about making certain accommodations.

  14. Ol Winston was the first person named as an honorary citizen of the United States.

  15. No, silly, you can't put a hot tub in a bin! You have to tow it behind the car!

  16. Looks like good clean fun, so we will accept your story on the beads:)

  17. I love museums too. Do you have the North American Reciprocal Museum Pass? For about $100 you can gain free admission to over 400 museums.