Planes, Trains and Automobiles Pt. 4

This is the last leg of the journey. Mom finally had a washing machine and washed that darned sweater and they took it pretty easy for most of the day. They did however jump on a trolley and ride up and down Canal St….a main street in Nawlins’ Now these two get happy at the strangest things! Mom was so delighted to get on the trolley for 40 cents…seniors rate. At the end of the line in one direction was a huge Casino and the Mississippi River and another trolley station to the Farmer’s Market. Just walking around, one picked up the flavour of the city. The residents of this city were all so polite and nice. That southern charm made everyone around them feel happy and welcome.

narrow streets with shops everywhere

Narrow streets with shops everywhere

There were sex shops mixed in with Voodoo shops….lots of variety.

The only tour they took was a City Tour. The sights were awesome. Nicholas Cage has a lovely house on a quiet street in one of the richer areas. They didn’t see him…so no big deal. The devastation of Hurricane Katrina was still evident in the badly hit areas. Some of the houses had the body count on the outside of the wall by the front door….makes one feel ill…other houses had the high water marks. In other neighbourhoods, the outside of the house had been fixed up in accordance with city bylaws but the people could not afford to renovate the inside.

Devastation beyond words.

Devastation beyond words.

They also went to a cemetery. New Orleans is at sea level and some of the city is actually below sea level, so burying in the ground is next to impossible as the coffins would float to the top with a big storm or hurricane. The crypts and mausoleums were unbelievable. There were beautiful crypts, that are well cared for….very expensive. They found out Nicholas Cage has reserved one for when he passes. These crypts could hold masses of people…if you had a friend that didn’t have a place to go in the afterlife…you could have him in your crypt. The plots are dug up after about 10 years and the remains are compacted to a smaller area. So you could hold many.

Crypt

Crypt

There were rows upon rows of the crypts.

Crypts for rich and poor

Crypts for rich and poor

At the far end are the less expensive crypts. Anyone who dies and will remain in New Orleans is in one of at least 7 other cemeteries.

The next stop was for a bathroom break but there was also a grocery store there. Mom proceeded to look for southern spices and herbs. Creole spice is about the only spice that was different that she found. The only peculiar item she found was dehydrated green onions. Why? Green onions are cheap, even in winter and easy to grow. Perplexing.

Mom and dad were hungry after their excursion and enjoyed another lovely meal that evening. A separate post will give you a few details on some of the dinners they ate while visiting this extraordinary city..

Off to bed about 10:30pm as tomorrow would be another active day. About 1am the partying started….it was Friday night in Nawlins’ and the partying went on and on…with the music and laughter getting louder by the hour. Finally all the racket peaked with car horns blasting from 4:30am to after 5am. Needless to say the pawents were not rarin’ to go come 8;30am. Dad was giving one of his talks about, “a learning lesson” and mom was looking ticked off again. Good idea not to be as close to the action as they were just off Bourbon St.

Here they come for a night of celebration.

Here they come for a night of celebration. Notice the necklaces thrown about.

They decided to rent a car for a few days to see some of the outlying areas. Then headed off to Baton Rouge and Livonia. Dad took a hazardous waste course many, many years ago in Livonia, and wanted to see what it looked like after about 30 years. Dad set the GPS and away they went. They only went to the outskirts of Baton Rouge…The GPS would get upset each time they got off of the freeway. They did stop at Hooter’s in Baton Rouge and got me a small Hooter’s duck. Mom says it was to remind me of ducky boobs.

Ducky Boobies!

Ducky Boobies!

Mom was amazed with the scenery. They stumbled on a bayou called the Irish Bayou. They just had to have a look much to the GPS’s dismay…it kept saying, make a u turn at the next light.”

Raised house.

Raised house.

The majority of houses in the bayou were raised.

Imagine looking in your backyard and seeing an Egret

Imagine looking in your backyard and seeing an Egret

Getting back on the freeway….this made the GPS happy, we didn’t seem to go too far and there was Livonia.

Livonia's water tower.

Livonia’s water tower.

Mom was amazed at the water towers. BC doesn’t have any. We have well water or river/lake water. Is this because Louisiana and most southern states are so flat?

Mom also spied a Magnolia Tree….she had never seen one….only on TV. Amazing, all flower and no foliage. It must get its foliage after the flowers are finished. Like our Japanese Cherry Trees.

Magnolia Tree

Magnolia Tree

On the trip back to New Orleans they crossed the Mississippi River and down one side was refinery upon refinery. Quite a blight to the natural scenery.

Refineries, supplying many jobs but a blight on the landscape.

Refineries, supplying many jobs but a blight on the landscape.

When they got back to the condo they were tired and not very hungry so ate in the condo. The internet was out due to the construction so they decided this was a sign to go to bed early. They were woken up this Saturday night by party goers again. This time they were louder and the bass was stronger. They had to take pictures, mirror and plants off the walls and put ornaments on the floor or they just rattled until they hit the ground. The mornings festivities ended with the fire alarm going off for a half hour around 5:30am. Another unrelaxing nights sleep.

Sunday they took the car back and went to the Farmer’s Market. There was something for everyone. In fact, it was too overwhelming for mom. These two decided to walk about. Stopping first at a pet store where mom finally found Silvervine Catnip and some Silvervine toys for Kali and I. Her and dad hurried over to Marie Laveau’s voodoo shop, Mom was disappointed. She said the voodoo stuff was mass produced junk for tourists, She had promised to get me something but said it wasn’t worth it. After this disappointment they went to the Café Du Monde, suggested by June and Jim Thompson. They had something called bayonets. Mom said they were delicious! They were like fried doughnuts with icing sugar all over them. They both were covered in icing sugar when they left the Café.

Cafe Du Monde

Cafe Du Monde

We passed this landmark building each time we came back to the condo.

They passed this landmark building each time they came back to the condo.

Mom and dad headed to a Walgreen’s the following day for some stuff to take home to Canada. For instance dental tape….Prince George grocery stores and drugstores have decided not to carry the stuff anymore. Mom…being dainty and all, walked into a man…she excused herself and the man shook Bill’s hand heartily saying…..”Your wife came shopping with you. good job….mine just sent me out with a list and said come home when you finish the list!” They laughed and moved on. What an open honest man. They then went to a grocery store called Wynn Dixon and mom asked the deli person for 100 kilograms of Black Forest Ham. The girl got upset and said…,”Kill who?” Then mom got upset because she could not convert it to ounces immediately but figured it out finally. Think fast mom….hehehe.
They raced back to the condo with their goodies.

Monday was another trolley day. They jumped on the St. Charles Ave. trolley and headed for what turned out to be a rather ritzy district.

Gorgeous and huge homes

Gorgeous and huge homes

We decided to hop out at an Audubon Park. The birds were so relaxed around us and they didn’t beg for food. A lazy afternoon as the weather was turning warm and humid.

We had never seen birds like this before

We had never seen birds like this before

There were two universities that mom and dad saw on their Trolley ride. Loyola University and Tulane University. They sat side by side on St. Charles Ave.

Loyola and Tulane Universities were side by side!

Loyola and Tulane Universities were side by side!

Then it was over to the WW2 museum. They were outside the Louisiana wing of the museum and found bricks formed the sidewalk, red bricks with the name of those Americans that gave their life to assist Britain to keep the Nazi’s away from Britain. There were so many bricks….it made one tear up to think of the families that had been devastated by war.

They decided to end the exploring for the day and headed back to the condo.

Their final day in the big city of Nawlins’ started with packing their suitcases and then they decided to go visit the Civil War Museum so they jumped back on the St. Charles trolley and actually knew where to get off the trolley. The trolleys were neat and clean and younger folk let the older peeps sit down. Very polite….not a case of every kit for her/himself.

Mom said it was almost unbelievable how these very young soldiers fought with poor, ratty clothing and basically next to nil to fight with except their love for the confederate way of life.

They both left with visions of horrific battles in their minds.

Time for the pawents to leave this wonderful and unique city. They caught a plane to Denver and then to Vancouver and finally to Prince George where I gave mom hell for half an hour for leaving us. Kali would not have anything to do with these two gad abouts. It has been 2 weeks and she is just starting to let mom pet her tummy and is purring when she does.

There you have a pretty good description of what mom and dad were doing for over 2 weeks.

We hoped you enjoyed their travels and had the odd laugh.

40 thoughts on “Planes, Trains and Automobiles Pt. 4

  1. Genevieve Petrillo

    Your parents are great adventurers. Inside the phone, Siri knows how to change kilograms to pounds and all that stuff. Mom knows this because math gives her a headache. She lets her phone do all that work for her. Plus it is my dream to be covered in icing sugar.

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake

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    1. The Canadian Cats Post author

      I know those phones are great but mom doesn’t own one. Dad does but he wasn’t there at the time. This is mom’s hold out…she has a normal cell phone that she never uses….only in rare occasions. Like when we go for our walk and then its for emergencies. You must go and have bayonets then….all there clothes had to be washed…but they said it was fun.

      Kitty Kisses,

      Kali

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  2. Fozziemum

    My oh my what a trip..such pretty houses and such devastated houses still..seems so long ago and yet these people live with it everyday..aren’t Magnolias beautiful! I miss mine from our old house.it was stunning..they are truly a lovely specimen for the garden..i would be crabby as a crawfish if I had to listen to pounding noise hahaha..we are so used to nothing here that even going to the suburbs drives me nuts..so glad mum and dad had such a great time..and so glad they came back to be at you beck and call 🙂 thankyou for sharing the wonderful stories and pictures 🙂 loves Fozziemum xxx

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    1. The Canadian Cats Post author

      Hi Fozziemum,

      Shoko handed the answering over to me as she prepares for the Cat Scout Sadie Hawkins Dance tomorrow. You must have been very busy and in some pain with that ganglion. Nice to see you back and visiting again.

      Mom and dad did have one very memorable trip for sure. I’m glad I wasn’t there….the noise would have driven me crazy. Mom says she would love to go to Australia….maybe on one of their excursions.

      Kitty Kisses,

      Kali

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      1. Fozziemum

        Kali you never know…maybe down under one day 🙂 yes that ganglion has to go..it is making using my hand very hard..plus it grosses me out hahhahhaa..i am not a fan of noise either..like my serenity 🙂 loves Fozziemum xxx

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  3. easyweimaraner

    Oh … The vodoo stuff wasn’t good? I was the whole time on the edge of my pillow while reading and thought they found real good magic thingies there… and then they only had souvenir stuff there? But anyway maybe next time your pawrents travel to Salem and they have better vodoo-tools there. It was great to travel with you and to see so much things with your eyes. Many many thanks that I could sit on your shoulder while you visited the U.S. :o)

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  4. The Canadian Cats Post author

    Hi Easy Rider,

    So happy you could ride with the family as they went south. Mom did stop at a Voodoo Mart along Canal St. and got Kali and I a Fairy Godmother that blesses us and our condo. It is right outside the opening and blesses us each time we get in.

    Huggles,

    Shoko

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  5. PigLove

    Oh Squeals!! I just knew ya’ll would have an interesting time in New Orleans. That place has something for everyone – all different kinds of peeps. It’s so hard to comprehend the destruction that Hurricane Katrina caused and that people are still trying to build back today. Were you able to visit Marie Laveau’s grave at the cemetery? I’ve seen it on my television and it looks so scary! And mom and dad said they were so glad that you got to try and enjoy the doughnuts. Mmm – I’m licking my lips just thinking about how tasty they are. Mom also said that she would have enjoyed going through the Civil War Museum. She’s thinking that her and dad need to visit New Orleans together… too bad she didn’t get that bright idea when ya’ll went…. Silly mommy. XOXO – Bacon

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    1. The Canadian Cats Post author

      That would’ve been cool if your mom and dad had gone to Nawlins’ with mine. The trouble they could have caused….it’s hard to comprehend. hehe

      Mom said they didn’t get a chance to walk around in the cemetery. She says there must have been some vandalism because the news was talking about shutting down the cemetery to the public for certain days. The gates are locked if you go there by yourself and they didn’t know how to get in.

      Kitty Kisses,

      Kali

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      1. PigLove

        I’m sure there is a lot of vandalism at the cemeteries and definitely a place you don’t want to go to at night. Shivers. And YES my humans and your humans would have gotten into a lot of trouble. Snorts – we might have even seen them on television – “Humans Gone Wild” Snorts. XOXO – Bacon

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  6. DezizWorld

    OMC Shoko weez laffed so hawd we wuz almost cwyin’. Furst we must tell ya’ da New awlens isn’t weally wepurrsentativ of da Souff. They be sumfin” all their own and dat’s why da only unusual spices yous mommy found wwuz Cweole. And da store she went to wuz a Winn Dixie, as in da movie or da souff. MOL Winn Dixon dat wuz weally funny. and those birdies yous nevew saw afur…they wuz just plain ole ducks. You know like bwekky, lunch and dinner ducks. MOL And yep we wuz wunnewin’ when we wuz gunna hear ’bout da pawtyin’ on Bourbon Stweet, cuz it’s a pawty all da time. MOL It’s so funny what fings you find dat be so diffewent when you go to anudder awea of da kuntwy or world. And yep weez not use da metwic system here so not many of da avewage peeps hav a clue what any of those fings mean. Mommy sez she members bein’ in da 1st or 2nd gwade and them finkin’ ’bout switchin’ ovew. Even da teachers kuldn’t learn it, so it didn’t last not even 2 lessons. MOL They just went back to feet and inches and ounces and pounds. We wuld guess yous mommy wuz wantin’ a 1/4 or 1/2 pound of ham, but not sure. glad they had a good time and found sum innewesin’ fings along da way. But weez sure they be glad to be back home too. Hav a pawsum weekend and see ya’ at da dance.

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Lexi

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    1. The Canadian Cats Post author

      It doesn’t represent the south? It’s about as far south as one can go! Mom says she knows what you mean. Like Quebec doesn’t represent the rest of Canada….it’s got different ways and stuff. Winn Dixie…guess I didn’t hear mom right. All these things to remember…makes my head spin. The ducks were brown with black wings…dad looked them up but I forgot what he said. Just brown ducks will do…hehe You did better than mom did with the converting 1/4 of a pound is just about right on Dezi.

      Kitty Kisses,

      Kali

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      1. DezizWorld

        OMC Weally?? Weez converted wight? We didn’t weally convert we just know dat fur makin’ sandwiches wiff ham fwum da deli yous wuld need a 1/4 pound fur 2 peeps wiff no furigerator. MOL Yeah we know ow bwain works in funny ways. As fur da Souff and New Awlens, da Furench fwum Canada settled there and thus they awe a better wepurrsentation of “Furench Canadians”. MOl Least dat’s what most Amewicans say and fink. And then there be da bayou folk way down in Souff Louisianna. They be a whole nudder animal all tugedder. MOL Anyways, to get an idea of da Souff, those states wuld be Georgia, Alabama, And even Oklahoma and Texas. Although typically tourist trap towns awen’t gunna be weal wepurrsentations eevew. Cuz they be set up fur tourists and purrconceived notions. MOL Weez just glad fun wuz had by all. And weez sowry Kali, we wuz laffin’ so hawd when we got to da comments we didn’t wealize it wuz you.

        Luv ya’

        Dezi and Lexi

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      2. The Canadian Cats Post author

        Shoko went off to the fish fry at Cat Scouts. I hadn’t said much so figured I’d answer you. The main thing is they had fun and are back home now. I was very angry with mom and wouldn’t let her pat me for over a week. I don’t like it when she goes away. I tend to feel poorly and others don’t know that I need to be read to and talked to like another person…then I feel better.

        Kitty Kisses,

        Kali

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      3. DezizWorld

        Weez glad they be home too. We wuldn’t like it ifin mommy went away wiffout us eevew. Glad mommy finally made it up to yoou and y’all awe good again. Me furgot da fish fwy, but we doon’t weally celebwate lent, so me hasn’t made it to any of da fish fwies. And since mommy has to go and make sis Lexi’s butter spoon, me won’t make it to this one eevew. MOL Hav a gweat evenin’ bootyful.

        Luv ya’

        Dezi and Lexi

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  7. catfromhell

    Wes has thoroughly enjoyed your pawrents tales of their journey! This has been almost like being there and has made Mommy most happy, as she has always wanted to goes.
    Thanks Yous!
    Kisses
    Nellie

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    1. The Canadian Cats Post author

      Mom is so happy y’all came with her on her trip. She says she’ll never forget the fun and experiences they had. One day perhaps your mom will be able to go too.

      Kitty Kisses,

      Kali

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  8. Nylabluesmum

    Mousiess yur Pwentss ure packed LLOTT innto their last day inn New Orleanss…LadyMum sayss shee wood LUV to go there an find a REEL Voodoo shop an go to ceremonee iff alloud. Shee used to bee inn an African reeligion reelated to Voodoo so shee wood know what to do….
    Thee cryptss are berry innterestin aren’t they Shoko?? Thee entire place iss innterestin….
    Wee hopess yur pawentss are gettin cott up on their rest an sleepss an that yur Mumma changed her sweater 😉
    ***paw kissess*** Siddhartha Henry an LadyMum xxxx

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    1. The Canadian Cats Post author

      I could never accuse those two of just sittin’ around for sure. They say they had tons of fun but are very happy to be home with us again. Mom did change her sweater and gave it a good washing…she hasn’t worn the sweater since she got home. I guess even she was tired of the sweater…hehehe

      Kitty Kisses,

      Kali

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      1. Nylabluesmum

        😉 Mee has been lucky that LadyMum has not gone away overnite at all…shee has onlee been out a few hourss at a time so mee doess not get lonelee…
        Shee sayss one day shee mite go away fur 2-3 dayss n nitess an mee hopess not Shoko…mee wood miss her so-o much!
        **paw kissess** Siddhartha Henry xxxx

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      2. The Canadian Cats Post author

        You’ll have to accept it Dharth….mom’s go away for various reasons. She will always make sure you are in good hands though so all will be well and she will come back.

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      3. Nylabluesmum

        Mew mew mew thiss could bee a good fing Shoko ;)\LadyMum told mee with all her pain travellin hertss her turriblee….
        Thiss could werk inn mee favurr…
        *nose kissess* Siddhartha Henry xxx

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      4. Nylabluesmum

        In yur Mumma’ss case it was fun to travel an see furendss. LadyMum wood onlee bee going to thee furamillee an let me tell you, they treet her pawfullee! They could come vizit her butt thee make her go 350 miless each way. Shee sayss it iss not werth it. Sad butt true…Poor Ladymum…..
        Luv ❤ Siddhartha Henry ❤

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      5. The Canadian Cats Post author

        Mom’s family is not real close but she has great friendships with her nieces….but mom doesn’t usually go away to see them. She says she will be going to Calgary in August because one of her nieces is getting married. She says she’ll be gone about 4 days at the most….that’s it. I can stand that amount of time.

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      6. Nylabluesmum

        😉 Trust mee Cuss-inn’ss Shoko an Kali mee LadyMum makess these ‘To-Dew’ listss ALL thee time…mee finkss shee has listss fur her listss mew mew mew…
        ***paw kissess*** Cuss-in Siddhartha xXxXx

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      7. Nylabluesmum

        Mew mew mew same here Shoko an Kali…..mee mee-youss’ LOUDLEE so LadyMum not furget mee eether!
        Yur Mumma iss so clevurr…shhh don’t tell LadyMum…shee needss to stay foe-cussed…now where did mee put that list?
        **paw kissess** Cuss-in Siddhartha Henry xxx

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    1. The Canadian Cats Post author

      Hi there friends, they sure had a long vacation. I know this because I was with a pet sitter and of course Kali was too. The pet sitter sure was no mom and I didn’t care for her. I gave mom hell for a half hour when she came home. Her and dads travels do sound interesting though. Glad you enjoyed the trip.

      (((Shoko)))

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