Monday, April 5, 2010

A Louisiana Stay-cation

Looking forward to making this week's school break into a mini-staycation (with some spring cleaning mixed in for good measure).  Thinking of taking DS to the French Quarter to do some touring -- 

St. Louis Cathedral

Cabildo Interesting Fact:  The Mansard roof (3rd floor) was a very recent addition (mid 20th century) to provide additional storage space for the museum.  While the Quarter is called "French", most of the French architecture was lost in the fire of 1788 and the city was rebuildt using Spanish style architecture including the Cabildo (note the Spanish style arches on the 1st & 2nd floors).  Most local historians (and I would assume architects) cringe at the sight.

Presbytere (also "topped" with a Mansard roof)
1850 House (inside the Pontabla Buildings - they flank Jackson square)  The Pontalba buildings are mostly filled with residents (I alway wished I could live there - just for a year), but the 1850 house is decorated to show how the "apartments" would have looked when they were first built.  Interesting Fact: The iron scroll work balconies have the initials AP included in the design for the Baroness Micaela Almonester de Pontalba who had them buildt
Maybe even the Riverfront Tour.  I would love to take him on the riverboat, but may save that for the summer.  These are all located on/near Jackson Square and so is Cafe du Monde so beignets are a must!  Poboys for lunch and a snowball for the ride home.
May also do a little "sightseeing" in the Baton Rouge area.  DS is studying Louisiana history this year and has expressed interest in visiting sites he is studying.
Does not sound like I have left much time (or energy) for that Spring cleaning I mentioned earlier (or even any stitching), but some things are best done before we reach 98 degree temps with 100% humidity.

BTW, the snowball stands are now open --
I will save that for a future (very yummy) posting!

Y'all don't mind if I wax nostalgic about New Orleans for a few posts, do you?

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Goodbye to the Easter Background

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  1. You live in such a beautiful area!

  2. Your pictures bring back memories. My DH and I went to NOLA with friends just after 9/11 and I remember how beautiful it was! Enjoy yor staycation!

  3. Oh wow Stephaine! I must say that these pictures are great and wish I could see them up close and personal myself! Have you ever been to The Myrtles' Plantation B&B. I know , I know , the stuff that they are always saying about it, but my true interest would be the place itself. It looks lovely. I was reading your list of what you're watching now and seen that you had included Julie and Julia. I liked that movie and learning more about Julia Childs that I wasn't aware of.

  4. Yes, you do live in a beautiful area! Thanks for stopping by to say hello! Wonderful blog you have here!

  5. Oooh! I went to New Orleans when I interviewed with Loyola, and almost went to school there. I still remember those beignets--yummy! And the chickory coffee. :D
    Thanks for bringing back the memories.

    In Chirst,

  6. Oh, how I miss those delish little pockets of wonderfulness called beignets! I grew up in NO and lived there until I was 25. My parents lived there until Katrina blew in and washed away my childhood home. They now live in AL and with me in Arkansas, it is hard to get down to see them and to get to NO too. I don't think I will ever live in NO again, but I do miss visiting a couple times per year. Keep showing us the sights!