Thursday, July 3, 2008

New Orleans Trip -- The FINAL Chapter

Before leaving the city, we decided to tour the Garden District and Magazine Street. The Garden District looked pretty much the same as it did before Katrina, with the exception of some new construction or renovations under way. The St. Charles trolleys were running and it was good to see that the old oak trees lining the boulevard survived.

Here are a couple of houses I was able to photograph as we were driving through the Garden District on our way to Magazine Street ...

The shops on Magazine Street were closed Sunday morning, but there was so much traffic and cars lining the street that it was difficult to get any decent photos. I'm probably in the minority, but I really don't care for the shops on Magazine. I much prefer little out of the way flea markets, antique malls, and "junk" shops.

After we drove up Magazine Street, we said our farewells to New Orleans and headed for I-10 and home.

As I mentioned in Chapter 1 of this epic, we stopped at Middendorf's at Manchac again for lunch and then decided to go through Natchez on the way home.

In Natchez, we stopped at Fat Mama's Tamales, to pick up some hot tamales. Fat Mama's claim to fame is her "Knock You Naked Margaritas." I don't know about the margaritas, but her hot tamales will knock your socks off.

I also took time to get this picture of the Mississippi River bridge at Natchez. By the way ... that's kudzu in the foreground (if you don't know what kudzu is, please see my post called, "The Art of Kudzu").

From Natchez, we took the Natchez Trace which was a nice change of pace. My husband loves to drive the Trace -- the speed limit is 50, and there is relatively little traffic on it. He can just relax and enjoy the peace and tranquility of scenery like this ...

The town of Port Gibson was our next stop because it has one of those "pictures just begging to be taken," and I wanted to take it. Located between Natchez and Vicksburg, Port Gibson has many historic buildings that survived the Civil War because Grant believed the city "too beautiful to burn." It is home to the beautiful First Presbyterian Church, circa 1859, which has a very unique steeple featuring a large gold hand pointing toward Heaven ... not something you see everyday!

Well, the next stop was Vicksburg and home where we had a "surprise" waiting for us. If you'd like to hear the rest of that story, please read my "A Soggy Homecoming" post.

I hope you enjoyed our trip to New Orleans as much as we did. I'm sure we'll be going back again sometime, perhaps in the fall when it cools off some. I promise I won't write another novel about it, though.



Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Hi Janie,
I really enjoyed all three installments of your trip. You could be a photographer or writer for Mississippi Magazine or Southern Living!
I agree the homes in the garden district in NOLA are lovely!
I'm sorry you didn't find anything you liked on Magazine St. There are a couple of flea market type shops...but nothing as nice as the one you and I have both visited in Collins! Or as inexpensive!
Guess we have lots to be proud of here in Mississippi don't we?
I love your picture of the church in Port Gibson. The summer of 2005 I traveled there with a group of Mississippi teachers on a trip sponsored by the Mississippi Geographic Alliance. We saw so much in our state that I hadn't seen or heard of before...and that church was one of our stops.
Thanks for taking the time to put all this together!

Anonymous said...

Hi Janie! I enjoyed travelling to New Orleans with you (I've never been). The church steeple was my favorite because it is so unique; but the drive home looked like a pretty one too. Your photography skills are great, nice and clear even from a car!!! Hope your home is getting back in order and you enjoy the long weekend. Have a great day - Jeannette (You can post your next trip to and write as long a "novel" as you want - we enjoy your writing!

Frantic Home Cook said...

I have thoroughly enjoyed living vicariously through your pics. Sigh. Now if I could just taste Big Mama's tamales.

Julie @ Sweet Chaos said...

Were you able to find any little flea market type shops? Can you tell me where you'd go back to? I agree, from what I remember as a penny-less newlywed, those Magazine & Royal street shops were very pricey. I do want to go to the Orient Expressed children's store though.

Karin said...

You are such a talented writer! I so enjoyed reading about your trip and seeing your beautiful pictures. There really is no place like New Orleans. I'm gald you had a great time. P.S. We've had the driest 6 months on record here in San Antonio and hottest June...or maybe its the other way around. Anyway, its brown and crunchy here. I can not get over how green and lush New Orleans and Mississippi are. One day I'm going to make my husband drive the entire Natchez Trace with me. How beautiful!


Rue said...

Hi Janie :)

I really enjoyed your trip to New Orleans! The food and the architecture look amazing :)

I went to Natchez once on the Delta Queen when I was 16. It was a wonderful place and I so badly wanted to live there at one time.

off to read what I've missed...