Thursday evening, hub and I returned from our trip to New Orleans (after driving from Gatlinburg, Tennessee, to the Northern Virginia, environs.) We had a glorious time in the Big Easy (New Orleand)! (I've posted some photos on the sidebar.)
Thanks to the helpful personnel at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel, I learned much about my great-grandmother's early history. (Her parents died in the 1867 yellow fever epidemic; Spanish Carmelite nuns brought her to an orphanage/convent, now the Bourbon Orleans Hotel.) Yes, yes, I felt her energy!! And I'm going to share this with you, including Great-grandma Oubre's 'secret', after I cross-check my notes. Her life was such a rich tapestry, I'm awestruck at how she persevered and prospered.
In the meantime, I'm posting photos from our drive along Mississippi's Gulf Coast (going to New Orleans) and across the middle of the state (returning to Virginia). A lovely Mississippian, Shelley Rickey, is in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. She's doing what young people do: seeing the world, learning and growing in the process. Shelley plays the ukulele and has quite a following in Europe, along with the band she's in! I also learned much from her blog about holiday customs in The Netherlands.
From one who's spent a lot of time overseas and remembers how it feels to touch Home to one who's There now, as promised, some Mississippi photos:
|Crossing into Mississippi from Alabama!|
|The Welcome Center at the state line.|
Elvis still rocks!
|Even in the South, a region known for its hospitality, Mississippi's graciousness is legend.|
|View of the Gulf of Mexico from our 19th floor room. That's a man-made boom/barrier. I lack the words to express how much I longed to see the Gulf, smell the Gulf.|
|Trees that survived Hurricane Katrina.|
|Right across the road from the Gulf of Mexico.|
|So many homes were destroyed. But houses in the background show efforts to rebuild.|
|Hotels have rebuilt or are buying up cheap land to build. The fear is that the Gulf Coast will become a strip mall of hotels.|
|The beaches along the Gulf Coast are magnificent. Since Louisiana has maybe ten feet of beaches, Louisianians enjoy frequent visits here. The white sand and the blue Gulf are a holiday-perfect combination.|
|Protected grasses on the beach.|
|Shrimp boats at Bay St. Louis. A slice of Cajun life is here as Cajun Country incorporates the Three B's: Beaumont, Texas; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and Bay St. Louis.|
|Just stop here for some delicious po'boys. (That's my hub to the far left.)|
|Or enjoy roasted pig (couchon). . . at the Beau Rivage buffet.|
|William Faulkner loved Ole Miss.|
|He lived here, just outside the campus, round the corner.|
|Linda Mead, one of Mississippi's Miss America's.|
|Driving across the Mississippi River from Louisiana into Natchez.|
|Mississippi on the left; Louisiana on the right.|
|A bench in Mississippi. . . sit and rest a spell.|