Posted by: tranalist | February 12, 2007

New Orleans Part I

Back in March of 2006, the Triumphant Trio set out on another excursion.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  First stop: New Orleans

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      We had a connection in N.O. with a family working with a church-based missions organization located in the heart of downtown. I marveled as the van that picked me up found its way through side streets as we headed home. The houses were beautiful to me…full of history…full of personality…full of stories. If these walls could talk, I would have a myriad of questions to ask them. I love imagining the history of a place, what the people were like who walk the halls, what they wore, how they thought, how they lived. I wish time machines really did exist.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  We arrived at “The Dwelling Place” in the early evening. Andria and I settled in, met some of the other volunteers visiting from Colorado, then sat down for a good, long chat on the upstairs balcony as we awaited Sylvia’s arrival later that night. At around 10pm we were finally all united again for the first time since we parted in South Africa 6 months before.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                   We spent our days driving around in Sylvia’s truck, doing daily Wendy’s runs (I love them fries and frosties), and stopping at every touristy attraction that New Orleans had to offer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Here are some of the places we went to…

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The 9th Ward and the devastation we witnessed was overwhelming. It was so quiet. So many homes, all abandoned. Every once in a while the silence was broken by the gasps and the “oh my goshes” that escaped our lips as we’d turn down a new street.



Us gals also have a strange fascination with cemeteries ever since we discovered one in Mozzy. It was a place that offered us quiet solitude, while taking in its beauty and simplicity. We decided to see what kind of personality cemeteries in New Orleans had, especially since this was an old town full of history.

                                                                                                                                                                    One can’t go to Naw’lins without experiencing a real Cajun Seafood Festival. We unintentionally happened upon one and it turned out to be one of my favorite activities of the trip. Cajun music, dancing, and speech is such a deep part of the culture of Lousianans and is slowly becoming nonexistant with every passing generation. It’s unfortunate.


 After stuffing our faces with crawfish, gumbo, and the like, we went to the famous “Zam’s Swamp Tours” in the heart of the bayou. We got to meet ZeeZee (if ya’ll watch Wife Swap, you might remember them) who happily took us on a backyard tour of alligators, snapping turtles, and some rather scary chickens.

Then we took a river boat tour of the bayou and I had a scary run-in with a gator myself!

And we couldn’t leave New Orleans without heading to the infamous Bourbon Street in the French Quarter and a taste of those famous bignets from Cafe Du Monde.




  1. I enjoyed your trip. Thanks for sharing.

  2. […] trip to New Orleans was a great excuse to get together. We had a lot of fun, as seen in New Orleans Part I. As I mentioned previously we stayed at a missions base in the heart of down town New Orleans just […]

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