Monday, April 14, 2014

Angel Crossing

Spotted on the LSU campus... must have been a Pi Phi!

Friday, April 11, 2014

La Pavillon

We splurged and stayed at La Pavillon Hotel during our time in New Orleans.  
And I am so glad we did!  It is a beautiful old hotel on the edge of the French Quarter.  
There are hand-painted ceilings throughout and a gorgeous elevator with mirrored doors (to amuse yourself while waiting.)
 The pool and hot tub are on the roof and the kids took a late night swim and soak under the city lights.
And our favorite perk?  At 10 PM every night, pb&js are served along with hot chocolate and milk.  
 Ready-made or make your own from a variety of peanut butters, jellies and breads.  
 Either way, they were yummy!

Count Blessings, Not Calories

Day 1-Atlanta to Baton Rouge
Breakfast-We started our trip on the right foot with coffee coolattas and donuts at Dunkin' Donuts on the way out of Atlanta
Lunch-All we could eat at the Southern buffet at The Stage Coach Cafe, Stockton, AL (complete with a church lady playing hymns on a piano while we ate)
Dinner-alligator sausage poboys at The Chimes, Baton Rouge, LA 

Day 2-Baton Rouge to New Orleans
Breakfast-beignets at Coffee Call, Baton Rouge
Lunch-seafood and burgers at Walk Ons, Baton Rouge
Late Dinner-Ham Poboys at Mothers, New Orleans
Bedtime pb&js and hot chocolate at Le Pavillon 

Day 3 New Orleans
Breakfast-Omelets at Camellia Grill
Snack-Snoballs at the French Market
Dinner-Seafood platters at Mulates
Dessert-Beignets at Cafe du Monde
Bedtime pb&js and hot chocolate at Le Pavillon

Day 4 New Orleans to Gulf Shores, AL
Breakfast-Bananas Foster french toast at Stanley
Snack-Ponchatoula Strawberry and Balsamic Vinegar gelato at La Divina
(we didn't know the answer)
Late Lunch-Burgers at Ugly Dog Saloon on the way out of town
Dinner-Fish tacos at The Hangout, Gulf Shores, AL

Day 5 Gulf Shores, AL
breakfast-pancakes at Island Pancake House
lunch-seafood at The Shrimp Basket
snack on the way out of town-Snoballs at New Orleans Snoball

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Day Five-Gulf Shores

We left the WWII museum and headed for Gulf Shores.  We arrived just in time for a late dinner at the Hangout.  Christian found a sign that he really liked. ;)
We hit the beach early.
 The water was really cold!
The boys boogie-boarded
and Carolyn built a sandcastle with some help from Christian.
 Coleman soaked up the rays.
 And of course, there was lacrosse on the beach!
Carolyn found some friends from home
who turned her into a mermaid.
And Christian and Coleman 
 decided to bury Coleman.
 One last swim 
and we hit the snowball stand on the way out. 
What a nice, relaxing day!

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Day Four-World War II Museum

Wednesday we went to the WWII museum.  
What an incredible place!  We spent four hours there and still didn't have time for the third floor.
 Outside of the museum is a piece of the Atlantic Wall-a fortified network of German bunkers that ran from Spain to Norway.
And a German air raid shelter.
One whole building is devoted to WWII aircraft.
 We also experienced The Final Mission of the USS Tang, a US submarine.
I was Albert Hudson and I worked in the engine room.
 Carolyn and Coleman's duty stations were at radar,
 Christian was in charge of the periscope
and Jim was in charge of steering. 
Although we sank several enemy warships
 our own defective torpedo sank us.
There were nine survivors, but none of them were Brauns. ;)

The exhibits were fantastic-I wish we had more time!
 My two favorite photos!

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