TRIP TO NEW ORLEANS, DAY 4

Day 4, February 23, 2018

Time to head back to Georgia.

NANCHEZ, MS

Originally, this had a less-than-politically-correct paint job. Not sure this is a great improvement, but any building shaped like a human is pretty interesting.

20180223_082850.jpg555 US-61, Natchez, MS

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BROOKHAVEN, MS

Coffeepot Inn build 1931

20180223_100830S. 1st St. NE, Brookhaven, MS

COLLINS, MS

Sonic Drive-In has well over 3000 locations, but, being Canadian, they are new to us. We didn’t stop to eat – just to snap this pic.

20180223_1101563262 US 49, Collins MS

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This chicken was somewhere between Collins and Seminary MS. If anyone can help with the location, it would be appreciated.

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SEMINARY, MS

This is one luscious watermelon!

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248 US HWY 49, Seminary, MS

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HATTIESBURG

Called Lofty Return 

20180223_123045University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS

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ALABAMA

FORKLAND, AL

Home made tin man.

20180223_15252514491 US 43, Forkland, AL

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MONTGOMERY, AL

WL WORLD’S LARGEST

“sigh” Like every other day, we loose the light too soon. Here we are shining the car’s headlights on this monolithic brick. Until 2007 it held the Guinness record for the world’s largest brick. (Don’t know where the current one is.)

20180223_184502_LLS10200 US, Hwy 80, Montgomery, AL

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TRIP TO NEW ORLEANS Day 3

Day 3, February 22, 2018

We are up and at ’em early today. The weather is fabulous, and we are headed to Avery Island. But first a tour of Slidell to see the pelicans.

SLIDELL, LA

Pelicans on Parade! Another great community art project. Most of the pelicans are on Old
Spaniah Trail and Ponchetrain Dr. and are amusingly dressed up as various occupations.

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(Other statues: Captain – 2000 Old Spanish Trail; Captain – 7901 Berg St, New Orleans;
Slidell police – 2112 3rd St; Dentist – 380 Oak Harbor Blvd; Cow – 3030 Pontchartrain Dr;
Marine – 3154 Pontchartrain Dr; Builder – 3735 Pontchartrain Dr;                                      Lions club – 356 Cleveland Ave; Funeral – 2430 Fourth St; Football – 311 Robert St, Slidell;
Victorian – Front St @ Erlanger)

Ah, yes! Crawfish! This one is outside NOLA Southern Grill. Seven A.M. might be too early to eat them though.

20180222_0800471375 Gause Blvd, Slidell, LA 

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DES ALLEMANDS

Nice catfish!

20180222_0933513682 US Hwy 90 Des Allemands, LA

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AVERY ISLAND

Home of ALL the Tobasco sauce in the world. When my wife suggested this trip, I was “Meh!” but now that I’m here it’s like visiting the Grand Canyon – absolutely fascinating.

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As well as the self guided tour, which included a primer on how Tabasco Sauce is made, and it’s history, we got to see the storage warehouse where all the barrels are stored while aging. We also had a yummy lunch – a sausage sampler with various Tabasco dipping sauces – and some free samples. Plus there is a gift shop where you can buy various products and related giftware (we stocked up on a dipping sauce that I don’t think is available in Canada.) And of course, there were BIG things!

 

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ABBEVILLE, LA

Three big storage tanks at the Steen’s Syrup Mill in downtown Abbeville are painted to look like yellow  Pure Cane Syrup containers. 16682 gallons is a LOT of syrup!

20180222_145009.jpg 119 Main St., Abbeville, LA

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LAFAYETTE, LA

Big tools for a big job.

20180222_1511177424 Johnston St., Lafayette, LA

Donut – yum!

20180222_152317.jpg5611 Johnston St, Lafayette, LA

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A very pretty stained glass Butterfly

20180222_161156.jpg1801 W Pinhook Rd Lafayette, LA
parking lot of the Best Western Acadiana Motel

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Pretty cool revolving loaf of bread.

20180222_163153720 W Simcoe St, Lafayette, LA

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These sculptures of heads are in front of the courthouse. Not sure what the message is here? The Justice System has no brain?

20180222_162452.jpgJohn M Shaw United States Courthouse, 800 Lafayette St, Lafayette, LA 

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RAYNE, LA

Frogs! Rayne is billed as the Frog Capital of the World (see here for the reason). This dude is waiting at the edge of town to greet guests.

20180222_165821.jpg 200 Oak St, Rayne, LA

Rayne boasts an extensive community art project featuring 110 frog statues! They represent a wide range of occupations, from policeman to priest. Note the preponderance of bow ties – these are Southern gentlemen, after all!

This is my favourite. While posing with the frog in front of Frog Capital Boxing Club, one of the boxers, (name slips my mid – something Emmanuel – sorry buddy) came out and posed with us.

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BREAUX BRIDGE, LA

Our last stop of the day was for dinner at Crazy Bout Crawfish, which just happened to have said crawfish out front. We had a great meal – shared a seafood platter. We couldn’t face the crawfish platter – after watching a table of 90 year old women polish off platter after platter of the little red beasts, I knew we couldn’t do them justice.

20180222_193402_LLS1905 Rees St, Breaux Bridge, LA 

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TRIP TO NEW ORLEANS, Day 2

February 21, 2018

We stayed overnight in Slidell, and crossed our fingers that the trip into NOLA wouldn’t be a nightmare. Despite the bridges, it was really OK. It was early and pleasantly warm, so we crossed the city to take in some bayou at the John Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. Then back to the city to take in the sights.

NEW ORLEANS, LA

At the entrance to Storyland Park, located in NOLA City Park

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My favourite Big Things sculptor! Claes Oldenburg embraced the idea of oversized everyday objects with a passion, and his works are in world class sculpture gardens everywhere. I hope to see as many in person as possible. This giant safety pin is in the sculpture garden at the New Orleans Museum of Art, a jewel in NOLA’s City Park. More about Claes Oldenurg at this link to Wikipedia, Claes Oldenburg

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Spider by Louise Bourgeois, the artist who created Ottawa’s Maman, The sculpture Maman also has homes at the Tate and the Guggenheim, and numerous other permanent locations, as well as travelling works. For more about the artist, check this link to Wikipedia, Louise Bourgeois20180221_091537Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, NOLA Museum of Art, off Victory Ave.

Finally, we arrive at the French Quarter. It is one week after Mardi Gras, the trees are still draped in beads, and the city appears to be recovering from a massive hangover. In relative peace, we got to enjoy the old city, drink chicory coffee and eat beignets at Cafe du Monde, check out Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop (oldest bar in America!), have a Hurricane at Pat O’brien’s and generally enjoy the architecture.

20180221_115140.jpgNew Orleans Jazz Museum, 400 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA

ELMWOOD, LA

No trip to New Orleans would be complete without a stop at Beads by the Dozen – the perfect place to buy a few kilos of Mardi Gras beads! We did find some nice souvenirs to tuck in our Christmas tree.

Some people just don’t know when the party is over!

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NEW ORLEANS, LA

Another of those incidental sightings – giant keys!

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JEFFERSON, LA

Amusing balloon dog in support of the SPCA

20180221_172906.jpg100 Central Avenue Jefferson, LA 

NEW ORLEANS, LA

At Ted’s Frostop, just off of Claiborne Avenue. After Hurricane Katrina, the owners found it’s iconic giant root beer mug knocked off its pole and perfectly upside down. It stayed that way for some time, but has now been remounted on it’s pole. That is the end of Day 1 in New Orleans. We have run out of light again, but this time it worked out great, as the mug is lit with neon lights.

20180221_1746033100 Calhoun St, New Orleans, LA

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