Sunday, January 30, 2011


Haven't posted about our 3 1/2 months in New Orleans, lovingly referred to as NOLA by the people who live here. It was an unexpected treat to live in the Bayou-Segnette State Park on the West Bank in Westwego. By God's grace we were allowed to stay at this park for as long as we did. We got to know and love on the people who worked in the park and some who were longer term campers, like us. We also enjoyed long walks and lots of wildlife, including a two 'possums we "caught" in our dog pen, wolves, bunnies, coyote's, alligators, armadillo's and a deer or two.

In the city, we ate LOTS of good food, cause in NOLA it's alot about eating! We enjoyed the library system. We visited the Aquarium and the Insectarium (more on that in another post). We attended church at Vintage , where we celebrated Thanksgiving and got to be a part of Vintage Adopt, which was a great program to provide Christmas to families that otherwise wouldn't have Christmas. We did gymnastics, toured around the city, admired some beautiful architecture, and found our way around the city (which, if you know anything about me, is a feat in itself), and took a cooking class. We won second place at the Halloween decorating contest at the RV park and are now the proud owners of a really cool birdhouse. We celebrated my birthday at Emeril's restaurant and stayed in a historic and absolutely gorgeous hotel (thank you to my sweet hubby). We also made some sweet friends and had a great time just being together and embracing RV life.

One of campsites we stayed in at Bayou-Segnette.
We changed sites several times while we were there.

Walking and exploring the park ... lots of nature to see and experience.

The infamous Cafe Du Monde where one can get a beignette and a cup of coffee at all hours of the day and night. Beignette's are a french version of a doughnut and a NOLA tradition.
I'm still more foolishly fond of donuts. :)

Family photo after the French donuts ...

Mississippi River ...

Touring the city. On this day we took a horse and carriage tour. It was rather unique. This is a park in the middle of town just next to the catholic church. Very old building.

Inside the church ...

Can't miss out on face-painting and in NOLA it had to be a fleur-de-lis.

All things Halloween and trick-or-treat ....

Gymnastics ...

Watching "Polar Express" on the riverwalk.
Chilly night, hotdogs, hot chocolate, popcorn, new friends ... great fun!

The Bray sisters ... our Vintage girlfriends. An answer to prayers.

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