Sunday morning saw us up early and off to the city of New Orleans. Abita Springs is across Lake Ponchartrain from New orleans. We had seen the causeway from Mandeville yesterday and now we took the 24 mile drive across the lake. Quite amazing! Absolutely straight with a few raised areas to allow ships to pass through. Only $3.00 to cross to New orleans, nothing to come back.
|The Causeway across Lake Ponchartrain|
|We had some difficulty getting to the French Quarter because there was a big football game on at the Super Dome.|
Eventually got down to the wharf and found parking. A quick look around at the Mississippi and then into the French Quarter.
|Walking along the bank of the Mississippi|
|Fisherman with about 8 catfish flopping around in the water|
We decided to go to find Coop's Place, where we were going to meet our son, Greg and his friend Catherine. When we got there, they were there already. They are in New Orleans for a photography conference.
|Greg and Catherine waiting at Coop's Place|
From there we went to a local Baptist Church for the 12 o'clock service. Greg had been advised to go because they have an amazing choir and the services are very lively. After a brisk 20 minute walk we arrived at the church and there was....no-one! Anyway we went in and the 4 of us outnumbered the congregation. We sat right at the back, but were asked by a sweet lady, the pastor's wife I think, to move forward and we were ushered to about the 6th row back. A few more people straggled in during the first half hour and it was soon apparent there was no choir. The pastor pointedly made the observation that everyone had gone to the Saints game at the Super Dome.....maybe. Anyway, the service was quite good and we left straight after the sermon.
We made our way back to Coop's place and enjoyed a delicious Louisiana lunch. Michael had Sausage, rabbit and shrimp Jambalaya and he says it was absolutely delicious! I had the seafood platter which was just OK. Greg had blackened red fish and Catherine had the sampler.
|My plate of food....I did not eat the fries!|
After the lunch we walked around the French Quarter for about an hour , browsing in some stores and taking a million photos. and then left for home. Here are just a few of those photos.
|Greg, Dee and Mike|
|Horse drawn wagon|
|The Market Cafe|
|French Quarter street|
|Horse drawn cart|
|Joan of Arc|
|Michael, Dee and Greg|
|Alley looking to mural, fountain and sculpture of a young woman|
|Building on Decatur|
|Beautiful metal railings|
|Plaque on Decatur Street|
|Beautiful tree and apartments|
Oh NO! again the Super Dome traffic and we got lost, but eventually got back to Abita Springs at dusk. An exhausting day and we just fell into bed. Early up in the morning to begin the trek across to California.