Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Notes from the road..

Well I'm back from working out of town in Louisiana. And I have to say I miss it. Yes I missed my home, family and friends while I was away. But I guess I miss the work environment and my guy friends - that are off and working in Texas for the next 9-12 months. So sad!

Here's some pics off this last trip:

Last week I went into New Orleans to take some after photos of a church we had restored that had been fire damaged. Here's some photos of it - it truly is beautiful. We were invited to attend their 160th anniversary mass. Complete with a mariachi band!

Although it was not all work all of the time. After taking these photos at the church we ventured to the French Quarter for lunch and I some site seeing.

I spotted this old advertisement printed on the side of a building:
This is the box office at the House of Blues:
On our way back from a church that was off of the beaten path we stopped here at these abandoned slave quarters. Scenes from the movie Ray were filmed here. To me it is so amazing and sad to think that these cabins still stand amidst the same sugar cane fields that were harvested so many years ago.

Fields of sugar cane line both sides of the road for miles:

Rows of cabins are in a line just beyond the sugar cane fields:

We drove to Texas one morning - 3 1/2 hours each way. Needless to say I had photo in hand for anything interesting:

And whadya know - Gibson, LA:

I believe this is a sugar cane refinery:
We ended a lot of our evenings with a night cap from here: a drive thru daiquiri shop! O the novelty of driving up to a take out window for a yummy slushing daiquiri. This would so not work in Pennsylvania! They taped the straw to the cup and it was considered a closed container - so strange to this Yankee!
All in all it was a lot of work - but the down time we had was well deserved and spent!

1 comment:

Coast-Lover said...

The cabins are most likely not slave quarters. These are "company houses" which were provided for transient farm workers. Slave cabins would not have been this nice with two brick chimney's ... usually only one, and sometimes made of stone or mud. Also, unpainted wooden structures will rarely last 150-200 years in this climate.