I was a Canadian visiting the United States on Memorial Day, which is a holiday and observance we don’t have here in the great white north.
(okay that was weird, cause I pretty much still AM a Canadian. You know what I meant, right?)
John was working that day (our first full day in NOLA), so I decided that the most fitting outing I could come up with for myself was to visit the National WWII Museum, on Memorial Day. It is one of the top ranked museum attractions in the US, and well worth a visit if you are interested in war history and to simply keep the remembrance alive. This outing also marked my very first foray into figuring out the streetcars in NOLA. And I did it (okay, I missed my first stop and had to get off and walk back to the correct street…and I couldn’t figure out how to catch it on the way back to my hotel, until I was almost already all the way back…don’t worry, I did better the next time and clearly I figured out how to get back to Kitchener in the end, so all is well).
The next outing with my own cute self was to visit the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas . I have been really looking forward to finally visiting the new Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada in Toronto, which I have heard is pretty wonderful and way WAY too busy and crowded on weekends (we will definitely do an early morning mid-week when we go this summer). But I did enjoy my stroll through the aquarium in NOLA and look forward to comparing them.
sidenote: you know those fun and totally “accurate” polls that are the rage on facebook these days? Well, I don’t even have to take the one on “which element are you” because I KNOW its water (you know, like Katara…from the Last Airbender? You know, the very good animated show, not the lame movie? Is my nerd-side showing now? okay, moving along).
(I can’t even decide which species I loved best, because they were ALL so beautiful and other-worldly).
At the aquarium I also took in the Imax movie about sharks. I learned a TON and it made me have a new appreciation for the great white shark. And also this meme…
John and I did two organized tours that week. The first was just a 2 hour bus tour of the city and that was a great idea to start the week, so we could get our bearings on where everything was in relation to our hotel. At the end of the week was our FAVOURITE outing of all…a swamp tour by boat. SO cool and fun!
see him/her smiling at me right there? happy to see me? Or wishing I would just put my hand over the side? yes, that second one for sure
Imagine falling into that river and seeing this coming in the distance!
These adorable little feral pigs where waiting along the shore line for treats. I did not know there was such a thing as feral pigs, but apparently they are a bit of a menace and a pest, destroying the landscapes they live in and the tree root systems. Okay, less cute now.
You can see all the damaged tree roots in this one
And now, turn off your sound and gently glide through the surreal Louisiana swamp. Gorgeous-ness…nevermind what is in the water…don’t even think about it.
My third and final post on New Orleans next week will focus on the city and some history (don’t worry, no lessons or essays, just old pretty stuff to look at)
If you missed the first post (mostly about food!), click HERE to go back in time (the word “boobs” and “penis” appear in that post as well, so it might be worth you time…and look at that, now they also appear in THIS post…sweet!)
Julie Tauro is a Kitchener Waterloo photographer and the owner at Tauro Photography. Tauro Photography has been providing photography services for families in the Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge since 2002. She also is glad she didn’t fall out of the boat on that swamp tour!