Before Labor Day is officially over and all the school kids mark the start of the academic year, I’d like to re-live and share one more warm-weather (but good any season!) destination.
This past May, my former college roomies and I set our annual reunion for NOLA and Baton Rouge. One of my girlfriends recently bought a home in a beautiful neighborhood adjacent to LSU so it seemed our trip was past due. We have gone to NOLA over spring break once before (2010) and primarily participated in a Habitat for Humanity project in the upper 9th ward post-Katrina. These trips felt even more relevant now in light of the recent devastation in Baton Rouge. Praying for love, strength, and healing in this always vibrant state.
Here’s a collection of the photos I’ve kept from both trips, most of the 2010 photos are credited to my friends Charity and Jamie who took them.
Upper 9th ward, 2nd hardest hit area by Katrina
Markers from the groups that inspected these homes during rescue missions to find survivors, if any
looters took the steel off the walls and rooms
Hidden messages by our group for the new Habitat homeowners
Building the first walls of a home
Alex hammering and trying not to look down
Our Habitat for Humanity cohort
Mother’s, one of our first NOLA meals!
Preservation Hall, one of the most magical places there ever was
Preservation Hall inside, up close and personal
Out and about Bourbon St
Live Jazz in Jackson Square
View of St. Louis Cathedral from the square
Crescent City Brewhouse decor
View of the Mississippi River
Our suite life at the Jean Lafitte House
The girls all dressed up – so much to do in NOLA, so little time
Irene’s – one of our best meals of the trip!
Fast friends from Australia on Bourbon St.
Typical NOLA nightlife aftermath
Sunday stroll around the French Quarter
Post-Mass at the St. Louis Cathedral
More lovely sights in the French Quarter
It is all in the details
A beautiful marriage of brick and greenery
Tiled street signs
A word of caution
Final day in NOLA
Delicious brunch at Ruby Slippers
Your everyday kind of cars
LSU tour – finding Mike the tiger
Girls at LSU!
The University Lake
Dinner at Donna’s Baton Rouge home 🙂
Last stop: the Nottoway Plantation
“The White House” view
The gorgeous landscape on the grounds
And the gorgeous ladies!
The tour commences!
Fancy plantation life
A debutante’s dream