Street cars and pedi cabs

August 1, 2015
This is the coolest way to travel

Street car is the coolest way to travel

clickety, clack, clickety, clack

clickety, clack, clickety, clack

We went right to the end of the line.

We went right to the end of the line.

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To the French Market

Which actually wasn't very French at all. But Abuela did buy us souvenir T-shirts

Which actually wasn’t very French at all, but we did buy souvenir T-shirts

and the snow cones were awesome.

and the snow cones were awesome.

Before taking a pedi cab back to the hotel.

Before taking a pedi cab back to the hotel.

which actually might be the coolest way to travel. I'm not sure how to choose.

which actually might be the coolest way to travel. I’m not sure how to choose between the two.

1850 house, the Presbytere and St Louis Cathedral

July 30, 2015
The red brick houses around Jackson square known as the Pontalba buildings after the lady wo directed their design and construction, were built between 1849 and 1851. This one is furnished just as it would have been by residents of the mid-nineteenth-century.

The red brick houses around Jackson square known as the Pontalba buildings after the lady wo directed their design and construction, were built between 1849 and 1851. This one is furnished just as it would have been by residents of the mid-nineteenth-century.

 

Around the corner at the Presbytere we learnt all about Hurrican Katrina.

Around the corner at the Presbytere we learnt all about Hurrican Katrina.

We were facinated by the dog rescue.

We were facinated by the dog rescue.

And the muddy teddy bear that was rescued from the clean up

And the muddy teddy bear that was rescued from the clean up

Upstairs we learnt about Mardi Gras - the world famous festival that celebrates the mash up of Louisiana culture, A mix of European, African and Caribbean traditions in one massive party dating back to 1699.

Upstairs we learnt about Mardi Gras – the world famous festival that celebrates the mash up of Louisiana culture, A mix of European, African and Caribbean traditions in one massive party dating back to 1699.

We were impressed by the skills of the costumed guys who dance on horses backs!

We were impressed by the skills of the costumed guys who dance on horses backs!

And equally impressed by the King Cake with the hidden baby in it. If you get that piece then you have good luck and it's your turn to buy the next one. We were a little disappointed when we realised the one on display wasn't for real.

And equally impressed by the King Cake with the hidden baby in it. If you get that piece then you have good luck and it’s your turn to buy the next one. We were a little disappointed when we realised the one on display wasn’t for real.

This is St Louis Cathedral. The oldest Catholic cathedral still in use in the US

Beside the Presbytere is St Louis Cathedral. The oldest Catholic cathedral still in use in the US

Beignets and a buggy ride

July 30, 2015
First stop, the famous Cafe Du Monde

First stop, the famous Cafe Du Monde

For beignets and coffee

For beignets and coffee

We reckon we had the be st seat in the house, right by Robert Harris and his busking band

We reckon we had the be st seat in the house, right by Robert Harris and his busking band

After breakfast we met a Mule named Sugar.

After breakfast we met a Mule named Sugar.

She invited us for a ride around the French Quarter

She invited us for a ride around the French Quarter

On the tour Sugar's human co-worker told us all sorts of interesting stories

On the tour Sugar’s human co-worker told us all sorts of interesting stories

About Madame Pontalba being shot in the chest 4 times by her father in law and surviving; that the clinic by Bourban street does the most liver transplants in the US and the age expectancy of residents around Bourbon street is 65 - akin to Bangladesh! He shhowed us shot houses (4 rooms deep all attached to each other), Brad Pitt and Angela Jolies house and the oldest bar in the USA. And the church where the French nuns wrote to President Jefferson to ensure they would be well looked after  when the US was buying Louisiana.

About Madame Pontalba being shot in the chest 4 times by her father in law and surviving; that the clinic by Bourban street does the most liver transplants in the US and the age expectancy of residents around Bourbon street is 65 – akin to Bangladesh! He showed us shot houses (4 rooms deep all attached to each other), Brad Pitt and Angela Jolie’s house and pointed out the oldest bar in the USA and the church which was residence to the French nuns who wrote to President Jefferson to ensure they would be well looked after the US purchased Louisiana from France.

We were allowed to give Sugar her snack when we got back to Jackson Square. She certainly deserved it after all that hard work.

We were allowed to give Sugar her snack when we got back to Jackson Square. She certainly deserved it after all that hard work.

Road trip time!

July 29, 2015
Iggy has arrived and we've all piled into a rental van. Road trip time!

Iggy has arrived and we’ve all piled into a rental van. Road trip time!

We're in our new Osh Kosh air show shirts. You know where we got those from!

We were both inĀ our new Osh Kosh air show shirts. You know where we got those from!

We stopped in Lake Charles for a picnic

We stopped in Lake Charles for a picnic

and play time.

and play time.

Arriving in the French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana by mid afternoon.

Arriving in the French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana by mid afternoon.

 

Sunday with Abuela

July 26, 2015
Making matching tutus for Lucy and me.

Making matching tutus for Lucy and me.

Playing 'who's afraid of the witch?' Not me!

Playing ‘who’s afraid of the witch?’ Not me!

At the park

At the park

Reading bedtime stories.

Reading bedtime stories.

 

Festival fun

July 25, 2015

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Rafa flying

A new tenant in the guest room

July 24, 2015
Abuela!

Abuela!

This is what Tio and Tia have been up to this week

July 23, 2015
Checking out the water wall at the Galleria (and the Galleria Mall, of course)

Checking out the water wall at the Galleria (and the Galleria Mall, of course)

A trip to NASA

A trip to NASA

and the coast

and the coast

Walks around the lake

Walks around the lake

And it the trip just wouldn't be complete without a visit to Wal-Mart!

And, of course, a trip to the US wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Wal-Mart and shopping from the comfort of a ride on cart.

This is what happens when Mum takes out-of-town guests to the Mall

July 22, 2015
We get new outfits! I've got a magic unicorn on my new shirt, who I've named

We get new outfits! I got new leggings and a shirt with a magical white unicorn whom I’ve named “flowers”

And I got a Marvel the helicopter shirt. Look this is how he rescues people, chucka-chucka-chucka-chucka

And I got a Marvel the helicopter shirt. Look, this is how he rescues people, chucka-chucka-chucka-chucka.

A visit from Papa Murphy’s

July 20, 2015
Papa Murphy visited us in the office today and brought with him every thing we needed to make cheese pizza.

Papa Murphy visited us in the office today and brought with him every thing we needed to make cheese pizza.

So all we had to do after gymnastics tonight was convince Mum to put them in the oven.

So all we had to do after gymnastics tonight was convince Mum to put them in the oven.

Cheese pizza on a Monday night

Cheese pizza on a Monday night

Seriously... so good.

Seriously… so good.


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