Monday, May 30, 2011


After all the planning for Memorial Weekend, we decided to postpone our Iowa-Illinois Lincoln Highway road trip. Originally we planned to leave work early on Thursday, started driving for about 5 hours which should take us to Iowa by early Friday morning. Then we would have Friday, Saturday and Sunday for driving and exploring "the Father Road". We already completed Route 66 "the Mother Road" last year. Monday would be for driving back to St. Louis. Knowing the weather would not be fitting for the T-bird and our schedule has been full the last few weeks, we thought it would be wise to take it easy. On Friday (May 27th) CP took care of the yard and together we worked around the house. I assisted CP with fixing the drive belt on the dryer drum. It was interesting to see all the components while CP took them apart and how he put everything back together.
I consider the photo above is one of the best I took in New Orleans. The blue sky, the wrought iron balcony, the green door against the red paint and the American flag, together in a perfect image of things I love. The flag is also in the photos below of St. Louis Cathedral and the sculpture of the 7th U.S. president, Andrew Jackson at Jackson Square, across from the cathedral.

The current St. Louis Cathedral was re-built in 1794, remodeled and expanded from 1845 to 1851. It is the oldest continously active cathedral in the United States. The first building was destroyed in 1722 by a hurricane (back then hurricanes were not named). Sixty six years later, on Good Friday of 1788, a fire broke out and burned down the Cathedral.

I wanted to attend the 5:00 p.m. Mass on Saturday (May 14th) but the bus tour took longer.

Above is the sculpture of Andrew Jackson, also a local and national hero, leading his troops in the Battle of New Orleans in January 8, 1815. The sculpture is on display at Jackson Square (of course) where artists display their work, musicians pour out their hearts and souls, jugglers, fortunetellers and all kind of entertainers looking for their big break.

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