Monday, October 5, 2009

A day in New Orleans

Saturday we took the kids to the French Quarter for the day. On the drive in, we passed Abe Lincoln as usual, I have NO idea who did this...but the detail is amazing.
I wonder what the artist is trying to say.....painting Lincoln as a homeless person....


New Orleans has a new project called "Artification"......sorry these next photos don't look great but it is difficult taking photos while the car is moving! The shelters are GORGEOUS! Next time, we'll have to walk up and take close ups.


this one was painted to look like a tapestry.......the colors were gold and teal and it was lovely.


this one was gorgeous too.....




Once we got parked, we stomped around the Riverwalk and did a little Toy Society drop.

we left it on a statue of Malcom Waldenberg


Then we headed into the Aquarium...

Dean took this as we walked under the walk through aquarium.....the lights look like the sun.
I love this walk through. We went to one in Oklahoma but it wasn't lit very well and was much smaller. This one is HUGE.


These are the look down fish (yes, that is what they are called.)
They used to be housed in an enormous cylindrical aquarium by themselves right at the entrance of the aquarium.
I remember tearing up the first time we came back to the zoo after moving back here because everything had been destroyed. These fish are now housed with the others in the main aquarium.




usually the macaws are sleeping but today, they were grooming one another...




we were lucky and had someone take a photo of us so we could have one 'all together.'


this little penguin was swimming right up in front of Curly Girl....over and over again....


here is the white alligator...he is not an albino. He has a gene which causes Leucism.
His skin is white but he has dark eyes.
You don't see many in the wild because they are so easy to see and tend to get eaten while young.


this is the Seahorse nursery.......


and a close up of the babies....


a big ol grouper telling us goodbye!


then we were off to Superior Grill for dinner......but found some interesting signs in a couple yards......



apparently, not everyone scoops after their pooch poops! haha!

The food was awesome and the margaritas were wonderful. I remember now why they call it happy hour....It takes an hour to drink the whole thing and then you are happy when its done!



about this time, we headed to Barnes & Nobles and then JoAnne's for a bit of shopping. I was good though (sigh)

Curly Girl was tired and ready to go home!
So I took one last photo and crawled in back to let her rest against my shoulder.

So...what did ya'll do Saturday?

9 comments:

gin said...

what a great day yall had. I love the trip to NO. The picture of yall together is so sweet. We hit the aquarium about 3 times a year.

Jennifer said...

looks like fun! Great family pic of everyone!

NicNacManiac said...

Wow...what a fun filled (and I mean filled, no wonder curly girl was tired)day!! So exciting that all of the zoo is restored and the animals are happy. Thanks for the photos...they made me smile!! xOxO

curegirl0421 said...

That sounds like a wonderful trip.

mysteryhistorymom said...

What a fun day! We went to the aquarium years ago, but I believe that it was destroyed during the hurricane? It was fabulous and it looks to be again!:) Lori

Abigail said...

Wonderful pictures

T's Daily Treasures said...

I used to work in New Orleans and would go to the RiverWalk on my lunch hour. I haven't been back there for awhile so I am sure much has changed since Katrina. The food and music are always great in New Orleans! Looks like ya'll had a great time. Best wishes, Tammy

annemarie said...

Sounds wonderful - would you believe we have been in Texas over twenty years and have yet to make it to New Orleans - shame on us! I have been computerless for two weeks so am trying to play catch up! Your family is lovely Val.

lani said...

What a great day you had...kids always remember these days forever

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