RAINY DAYS IN NOLA

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Rain or shine you can find beauty all over New Orleans. This shot was taken along the alley between St. Louis Cathedral and the Cabildo, known as Pirates Alley. The stone trench that runs along the center of the alley lends its design to the ancient world of thinking and gives a glimpse into the old soul of NOLA. We managed to dodge the rain drops long enough to catch this picture just to share with you.

 

THE CAMELLIA GRILL

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Early in the morning or late at night, grab a seat in their classic counter stools and become a part of the action. The staff has a true passion for what they do and love to get everyone involved and make you leave with a smile. The Camellia Grill has been serving guests since 1946 and going strong. This will always be a favorite of locals and tourist for all generations. Our recommendation,  get a chocolate or coffee freeze and enjoy it til the last sip.

HISTORIC PITOT HOUSE

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Along the banks of  historic Bayou St. John sits the Pitot House. The home was built in the late 18th century and purchased in 1811 by James Pitot, the first Mayor of incorporated New Orleans. This is the only Creole Colonial house which is open to the public in New Orleans. We find it charming and well worth a visit.

THE CATHEDRAL’S CHERUBS

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When you stand at the beginning of the aisle in St. Louis Cathedral you are greeted by two cherubs. Their faces serene and comforting, their bodies gracefully showing that time has left its mark. You get the sense that they have brought peace to many who have entered this church. We loved taking a quiet moment near them to reflect on the day.

 

AT THE ROCK ‘N’ BOWL

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Rock ‘N’ Bowl at Mid City lanes is a New Orleans favorite past time. It’s been around for years, the combination of great live music and bowling is a guaranteed fun time for all. We couldn’t resist sharing this photo with everyone, it’s one of those iconic NOLA signs that always catches your eye when you pass by.

 

MEMORIAL DAY

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Thank you to all the men and women who serve in our armed forces, both past and present, at home and abroad. With special reverence to those who have sacrificed their lives in order to give us our freedom.

This picture is just a glimpse into the military cemetery in St. Bernard Parish. The Chalmette National Cemetery is located on the site of the Battle of New Orleans in 1815. This unknown soldier of the War of 1812 is the only known burial at the cemetery of someone who was present and fought in the Battle of New Orleans.

FARMER’S MARKET

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Every Saturday the Crescent City Farmer’s Market hosts a fresh local market in the New Orleans’ Warehouse District. The market offers a vast selection of fruits and vegetables all which are grown within nearby Parishes of Louisiana and Counties of Mississippi. Along with fresh made pastries and treats, not to mention the free range meat selections and beautiful flower stand. It all comes together to be one of the best places to grocery shop in NOLA.

PRALINES

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This candy has a past filled with tall tales and varying stories. The one consistency is that it originated in France and was brought to New Orleans with the French settlers in the 18th century. The original candy of French origin has the same mystery surrounding its creation. The French candy is a sugar roasted almond candy and when it arrived here in New Orleans the recipe changed to use local and easily accessible ingredients, pecans instead of almonds and milk was added to give it its creamy texture we know today. Whatever story you want to follow they all lead to one place and one praline that creamy, rich sweet treat filled with pecans that we love oh so much.

BUSY BEES AROUND NOLA

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All around NOLA in home gardens and fields with wild flowers, you can find these little pollen collectors hard at work creating a sweet delicious treat. This shot of the bee was taken on a beautiful spring day while we were just out for a walk. This bee was so focused on collecting all it could from the Thistle flower, he didn’t even notice and didn’t care that we were watching him.