Sunday, March 11, 2012

A romp through New Orleans

Following Christopher's first appointment at the hospital, we took the family on a quick tour of  New Orleans. Beginning in the famous French Quarter, we headed toward Cafe Du Monde for a little NOLA tradition: fresh beignets and hot chocolate. 

 Cocoa and beignets

Although tentative at first, it didn't take long for Christopher and his sister to begin lapping up the clumps of powdered sugar heaped on top of the sweet treats. After a rousing rendition of happy birthday for his sister, we set off on foot to do some sight-seeing. 

 Kathy (TRTP President), big sister, Christopher and Mom taking in the sights

 Dreams of Mardi Gras

Nothing escaped our view: the river, barges, stunning architecture, horse-drawn carriages, street performers, artists, shops and everything in between. We piled back into our cars and explored Metarie, the Bywater, the Lower 9th Ward with it's modern "Brad Pitt" homes and then headed back into Lakeview to see some of the huge above ground cemeteries. We ended the tour inside St. Paul's Episcopal Church, looking at the plaque far above our heads indicating the waterline from Hurricane Katrina.

 Hugs with TRTP supporter, Cathleen

Christopher, Mom and TRTP Vice President, Sonya

That evening we met up with some Red Thread supporters to introduce Christopher and his family. It was a BUSY but productive day. We are fairly certain that we wore Christopher out and ourselves as well.

Saying goodbye (for now!)

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