June 14, 2013 Continuation of Post (see below, same date)

Greetings!  See the post just below this one for the beginning!  I’m still trying to get comfortable with posting on the new blog site.

So, continuing with pictures from New Orleans:

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Beautiful homes and ironwork in the Garden district.

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ImageMe in the French quarter (we hated Bourbon St., too “honkey tonk and gross with strip joints, but a few areas of the French Quarter were OK.  By the way we had fabulous meals in both Charleston and New Orleans!

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One of the things I loved about the famous cemetery is the designs carved into the stone.  Doesn’t the above look like it would make a great applique design?!

We visited a sugar cane plantation in LA.  This one is famous for the massive 300 year old oak trees lining the path to the house:

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Then we drove to Smokey Mountain National Park.  We had talked about going to Memphis and Nashville and maybe even Paducah, however the severe storms that occurred right after the Oklahoma tornadoes were going through these areas so we skipped them and went straight to the park.  It was gorgeous!

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The above is an old grist mill, still working!

Then after a night in Asheville, NC, we headed north on the gorgeous Blue Ridge Parkway:

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We eventually made our way up to Charlottesville, VA and saw Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s home:

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The on the Washington DC to visit Al’s sister and our nephew Arthur whose wife Mel had twin boys in December and we got to see them for the first time!:

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Then, finally to Brooklyn to see our son Michael.  It was a lovely day and he took us to the Brooklyn Bridge Park, which we’d never been to before.  It has glorious views of the NYC skyline.  Also, while we were there, NYC had 88 pianos set up throughout the city for anyone to play any time so both Al and Mike – both of whom play piano very well!!! – took advantage of the one we found in Brooklyn under the Metropolitan Bridge:Image

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All the pianos were painted and had different “decorations” hence the Japanese cats on this one!

What a trip!  We had good times, fun visiting family, great scenery, and lots of great meals in some excellent restaurants.  But, it’s good to be home for now!

As mentioned, will get back to quilting updates, thoughts, pictures, etc. next time!

Thanks for stopping by.

 

 

 

 

 

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