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New Orleans, Day Two

New Orleans

Up fairly early again with no plans for the day.  I got yesterday’s blog post done, Tom checked email…just like at home.

We decided to take the streetcar to Canal, walk for about half a mile, then take the streetcar that runs along the banks of the Mississippi.

We did that until we got close to the riverfront.  I showed Tom where the paddlewheel was docked, as well as the Carnival Elation that was loading up for it’s next cruise.

We decided to go on the Creole Queen and got tickets for the afternoon trip to the Chalmette Battlefield.  While we waited, we walked up the dock a bit and got this picture of the paddlewheel

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Paddlewheel on the Creole Queen

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This was the American Queen steamboat. This is an overnight cruise that goes up and down the Mississippi.
From their website “There’s no more unique way to enjoy a Mississippi river cruise and experience the history, heritage and culture of America’s heartland than a voyage aboard a genuine steamboat like the American Queen. Stroll through charming towns and vibrant Mississippi river cities. Explore historic ports of call like New Orleans, Natchez, Mark Twain’s Hannibal, Chattanooga and Pittsburgh, just to name a few. Along the way, you’ll learn about the great events and people that have contributed to America’s history and culture.”

It was raining a bit so we decided to go in the old Riverwalk.  It’s mostly closed now for renovation – they’re putting in outlet stores, reopening sometime in 2014.

The Hilton conference rooms are still there, though, so we bought some snacks and used the restroom.  Of course, we got coffee.

It was time to board so we went back to the dock.  The first thing they did was take our picture – then make us get rid of the coffee.  Who knew we wore so much blue?

Creole Queen.  The coffee is soon to go :(

Creole Queen. The coffee is soon to go 😦

This cruise had a lot of young kids on it, to celebrate Nadya’s 6th birthday. Fortunately, they mostly celebrated in the Queen’s room a couple decks lower than us.

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Another boat on the river

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Docking at Chalmette Battlefield

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Not a care in the world. Should we move for this boat? Naaah

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Folks were practicing old-timey dancing for some event coming up in January.

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More dancing

Right after this, all those kids came running off the boat, interrupting the park ranger who was telling us about the Battle of 1812.

The dancers taught some of the kids the dance they were doing and some kids were playing cards in the kitchen.

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Heading back

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Still heading…

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The birthday flag for Nadya’s party

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The Steamboat Natchez Dinner Jazz and Daytime jazz cruises … run daily, year round, in the style of authentic steamboats in New Orleans for centuries!

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The Carnival Elation starting a cruise to the Caribbean

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Waiting for the streetcar to take us along the Mississippi to the French Market

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We took the streetcar to the French market, had to get off and got right back on.  Off at Canal Street, transferred to a new streetcar.  Off to  get on the final streetcar for St Charles there (we’re getting good at this!) but there was a CVS on the corner and we decided to get more back medicine.  I sure hope I don’t need that.  I took only 4 pills down from 6 the day before.

Back home and a nap.  Hooray!  I’ve taken extra Cortef both days just to help.  I doubt I would have gotten as far as I did through the days without it.

When I woke up, about 10:00 my back pain was gone.  Hooray!

I most likely won’t be posting daily updates from the ship unless they have really good WiFi or my hotspot works really well.  Maybe when we’re docked a a port – we’ll see.

Tomorrow, the 17th, we board the Norwegian Jewel.  I’ll post lots of pictures and commentary when we get back.  Hopefully, no more back pain comments!

Beach Buddies

MaryO

 

New Orleans, Day One

New Orleans

Busy day!  We got up early-ish (it’s an hour earlier here) and decided to check out the sky deck.  Quite a view of New Orleans, including the SuperDome

From the Skydeck

From the Skydeck

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SuperDome

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Panorama of New Orleans

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Looking down on the Ashley House from the Skydeck

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Then down to the second floor to check out the laundry room, to see if we needed detergent or anything,  We couldn’t find the laundry room at all so we went to the front desk for directions, then back up to the 2nd floor.

Down to the courtyard,  I didn’t get many pictures because it was raining but here’s what I have…

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From here we went off to Walgreens for stuff we needed, forgot or just wanted.  We took that stuff home, then decided to go the other direction on the St. Charles streetcar.

Lots of interesting old homes.

From http://www.neworleansonline.com/tools/streets/saintcharles.html

St. Charles Avenue has been described most aptly as “The Jewel of America’s Grand Avenues.” It is, indisputably, the most superb collection of great mansions of the South. The Avenue offers to all an open opportunity to enjoy the lofty magnificence of true, gracious living from 19th century New Orleans.

Visitors to our City are able to tour the Avenue by foot, car or streetcar. A ride on the infamous Saint Charles streetcar provides a unique way to enjoy the splendor of the Avenue, from the statuesque monument at Lee Circle to its end point in the old town of Carrollton upriver.

The Avenue is also in glorious state as the place of residence for historic Audubon Park, for the City’s renowned centers of higher education – Loyola and Tulane – and a score of churches and Synagogues that are our City’s major centers of worship.

But above all, it is the place of residential grandeur where the wealthiest, the more powerful of those who built this great City once lived.

audubon-parkTom was looking at a map and saw that the Audubon Park and Zoo was right across from Loyola and Tulane – and it had a free shuttle – so we decided to go there.

Unfortunately, there was construction on the streetcar tracks so we got off at Napoleon and took a bus to Loyola.  We walked about a block and found the shuttle waiting, just as promised.

The Zoo was fantastic. Even though we saw only about a quarter of the exhibits,  we took lots of pictures, so many that Tom ran out of power.

Here are mine:

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Flamingos outside the Flamingo Cafe

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Flamingos. I tried to get this one with his neck extended.
I was fascinated by how they could wrap those necks around to rest their heads on their backs.

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Whooping Cranes

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About the Whooping Cranes

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Sun Bear.

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Tom’s hand inside a sun bear clar

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Sheep

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Goats

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White tiger sleeping

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White tiger.
White tigers are distinct for the normal coloration in that they lack the pheomelanin pigment that in normal tigers produces the orange color. They still produce the other color pigment, eumelanin, and hence are not considered albino. Compared to normal colored tigers without the white gene, white tigers tend to be somewhat bigger, both at birth and as fully grown adults.

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The he Asian small-clawed otter, is the smallest otter species in the world,[3] weighing less than 5 kg. It lives in mangrove swamps and freshwater wetlands of Bangladesh, Burma, India, southern China, Taiwan, Laos, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Its paws are a distinctive feature, its claws not extending beyond the fleshy end pads of its partially webbed fingers and toes. This gives it a high degree of manual dexterity so that it can use its paws to feed on mollusks, crabs and other small aquatic animals.

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Feeding the goats and sheep

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More feeding time

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Still more food

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Adding oranges to the food

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Special treatment

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Getting greedy

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Should I or shouldn’t I?

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Where’s Mary?

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Leopard pacing

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Another leopard keeping a lookout

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This was in the Discovery area where we could interact with the birds, snakes and a variety of animals. I chose not to.

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Endangered Species Carousel
This beautiful carousel is decorated with oil paintings of Zoo animals and features a 60-figure menagerie including traditional horses, elephants, rhinos, giraffes and other vanishing species.

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This guy looked like he was meditating – or maybe plotting how to get out of the place!

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Hard to see with the shadows, but this is naptime.

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A peacock just wandering around

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Old trees line St. Charles Avenue

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More about the zoo from http://www.neworleansonline.com/directory/location.php?locationID=1249

Audubon Zoo is a New Orleans landmark and a living museum filled with some of the rarest and most beautiful creatures of nature.

There have been animals at this site since the 1884 World Exposition in Audubon Park. Today, Audubon Zoo is 58 acres of animals in their natural habitats. The Zoo consistently ranks among this country’s best.

Visitors are enchanted to find a unique wildlife haven full of New Orleans flavor, impressive 100-year old oak trees and a cast of animal characters.

Animal favorites include elephants Jean and Panya, the Komodo dragon and the white tiger brothers from California, named King Rex and King Zulu. But also look for bears, monkeys, snakes, orangutans, elks and more exotic animals than you can imagine!

Much of the zoo dates from early in the 20th century. The sea lion pool was constructed in 1928. Its graceful columns mark one of Audubon Zoo’s most romantic spots. Monkey Hill was built by Works Progress Administration workers to show the children of New Orleans what a hill looks like! At 28 feet, it’s the legendary “highest topographical point in New Orleans.” Today it boasts wading pools, a rope bridge and a safari trail.

At the Audubon Zoo, visitors can stroll through a real swamp right in the middle of uptown New Orleans. A Cajun houseboat on a lagoon full of 14-foot alligators faces a pair of playful black bears. A raccoon defies the laws of physics by snoozing on a narrow twig at the top of a tree. At the baby animal nursery, naturalists show visitors baby nutria, explaining why that innocent-looking fuzzy creature is jeopardizing the very existence of the swamps. Further on, the world-famous white alligators float in an exhibit constructed especially for them.

Rocking chairs throughout the swamp exhibit invite visitors to slow down and take in the ambiance of the swamp. An air-conditioned restaurant provides a welcome venue for a sit-down snack and drink.

Finally, after a bit of shopping in the souvenir shop, we found the shuttle bus driver and retraced our journey back “home”  It was naptime!  I was so tired I never heard Tom go out to buy groceries – or come back in.

My back has been bothering me since we got here, possibly from the plane, the luggage, the bed here, just because…  Whatever the cause(s) I took 6 Backaid pills to help but they didn’t really.  Maybe this will lighten up tomorrow.

We had frozen stuff we nuked for dinner then watched an old B&W episode of Perry Mason, the beginning of Drumline (I have it on my iPad so it didn’t matter that I missed the end!) then bedtime!

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