What can I say – Terrmar in New Orleans – who would have thought! We were ready for the sights, sounds, food and culture which define the city, specifically the French Quarter. New Orleans was founded in the early 1700s by the French, with the Spanish taking control mid- 1700s, back to the French in 1800, when a treaty was signed by France and Spain. In 1803 Louisiana was sold to the US in the Louisiana Purchase agreement under Napoleon’s rule. The city has been influenced by French, Spanish, African, American, and Creole cultures as evidenced in its architecture, cuisine, music, traditions and people.
|MARK AMONGST THE FLORA IN NEW ORLEANS|
We were not disappointed. We were very fortunate to tour the city with Kemba and Bob from Spirit Dancer who had previously visited the “Big Easy” and guided us to some of the most popular and historic attractions. Special mention has to go to The Bourbon Street Oyster and Seafood Restaurant where we celebrated the US Thanksgiving Day. The raw oysters and "Turducken" (roasted de-boned chicken stuffed in de-boned duck stuffed in de-boned turkey) were delectable!
With lots of laughs, great food, music and companionship we were able to experience the energy and flavour of this Náwlins that draws people of all ages and places.
|TERRMAR SQUEEZED IN AT ORLEANS MARINA|
|CHI-CHEEMAUN 11 TAKING BREAK FROM NORTH CHANNEL?|
|DECORATED WITH SNOWFLAKES!|
|THE ART OF CIGAR SMOKING|
|CHEERS KEMBA-WE MADE IT!|
|OVERLOOKING ST. LOUIS CATHEDRAL|
|KEMBA & BOB & CHRISTMAS TREE|
|JACKSON SQUARE-CAFE DU MONDE IN BACKGROUND|
|ENJOYING BEIGNETS @ CAFE DU MONDE (C..1862)|
|MARTI GRAS MASKS FOR SALE|
|OH, ITS SO YOU MARK!|
|OLDEST PUBLIC MARKET IN US|
|SANTA NEW ORLEANS STYLE|
|SAMPLE TOURIST SHOP|
|TAKING BREAK @ MARGARITAVILLE|
|LUNCH @ PAT O'BRIEN-HOME OF THE HURRICANE|
|PURPLE GUY WORKING FOR TIPS|
|MAKING CIGARS @ FACTORY SHOP|
|TERRI & KEMBA GETTING FORTUNES TOLD|
|JAZZ TRIO @ COURT OF TWO SISTERS|
|KEMBA, BOB & SISTER MICHAEL MARY(OLD FRIENDS)|
|OUTDOOR COURTYARD @ COURT OF 2 SISTERS|
|ANOTHER GORGEOUS BALCONY|
|ST. LOUISE CATHEDRAL|
|ROYAL TOUR OF FRENCH QUARTER|
|JEAN LAFITTE'S BLACKSMITH SHOP TAVERN-(C..1772 STILL LIT BY CANDLES)|
|SISTER MICHAEL MARY & KEMBA TRY DUELLING PIANOS @ PAT O'BRIEN|
|ANYTHING FOR TIPS ON BOURBON STREET|
|YOU'D ENJOY THE SWAMP HERE TOO AL!|
|ENJOYING BOURBON STREET|
|CLASSIC ROCK BAND ON BOURBON STREET|
|WHAT A HOOT!|
|MARK KICKING UP HIS HEELS ON BOURBON STREET|
A weather window has opened so we must leave Orleans Marina, centrally located to grocery stores, parks, shopping etc. to travel to our stopover destination at Seabrook Marina, before heading back home for the holidays. The convenient passage to the second marina, located a few miles south on the Industrial Canal was closed due to construction of gates to protect the area from high water levels. This meant that we had to back track through Lake Ponchartrain, through the Rigolets and connect to the Intercoastal Waterway leading us to the Industrial Canal. Done!
|WAITING FOR TRAIN TO CROSS BEFORE BRIDGE OPENING|
Spirit Dancer travelled with us, as they were now headed home to Texas after accomplishing the completion of their Great Loop adventure. We saw them off the next morning. It has been a pleasure to travel with Kemba and Bob. Thank you for all your advice, cruising tips, laughter and wonderful memories. Bahamas? Cross fingers.
|WAITING FOR RIDE HOME @ TORONTO AIRPORT|
The temperature dropped like a snow ball and reminded us that home was just a few days away. We got busy with preparations and set up the warranty work to be done in our absence. Wouldn’t you know- the day of departure, temps in the 70’s again. Travel went well and for a first- time flyer, Smudge did really well. The stewardess was surprised when she finally noticed Smudge at the end of the flight. Good puppy!
|SMUDGE DRESSED FOR CANADIAN WINTER|
Home Sweet Home!
See y’ahl in the New Year