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Friday, December 30, 2011

Houmas House Plantation Part III

Well, as promised, here is the third edition of Houmas House Plantation focusing on the gems found inside this gorgeous place. As you may remember the first edition was the surroundings of Houmas House via the fish-eye lens. On the second edition, I shared more details of the gardens and fountains around the house.
The Houmas House is a living museum of the history of the American South.
This week, as I am still struggling with the lovely cold who came to visit me, I will let the photographs do the talking. Enjoy, and don't be shy to leave your comments!

Let's start with a few detail shots of the ridiculous amount of art artifacts in this house. Statuettes, paintings, jewelry... You name it.

The following is an interesting and a gorgeous one. It's also no doubt very precious as it was made by the famous artist and sculptor Gutzon Borglum, the one responsible for the little public work known as Mount Rushmore in South Dakota. His signature is on the bench.

A painting of the ship Armenia belonging to Hampurg-America Packet Company. It was made in 1896 and was seized by the US Government in 1917.

I will never give up my reflection fetish.

How about some silver?

May the new year be the way you make it to be! And may it bring us all some silver! :D
Mine will have full of laughter and prosperity in great health among the family and loved ones.

Happy New Year!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Vivienne's First Christmas

Well, the title of this blog may be misleading until the last photograph... Yet, it is not misleading in the sense that it is all about my daughter.

Let's start with the first flight of Vivienne. Here she is at the LAX airport, with her mom, getting ready to board the plane to fly to New Orleans, LA.

This is a picture from my phone's camera. And, yes, mommy and daddy are pretending to sleep while Vivienne is really passed out. She was so good!

Here, you see Vivienne rockin' the Pink Floyd t-shirt her daddy bought her... Her mom rolled her eyes when she saw it...

Thanksgiving Day in Baton Rouge, LA.

Visiting Oak Alley Plantation with her mom.

Chilling with the fam at the Oak Alley Plantation's famous oak alley!

We also had a great authentic cajun dinner at Pont Breaux's while listening to authentic cajun music performed by Lee Benoit & The Bayou Stompers. The place was packed following a victorious LSU football game. It doesn't get more Louisiana than this! I danced with my daughter for a long time!

Vivienne helped us pack.

And, as promised, here is Vivienne's Christmas picture with Santa Claus and mommy... Apparently mommy had to be there because Vivienne does not particularly want to get too close to Santa. Unfortunately I had to miss this moment because of work. Oh, well...

Friday, December 16, 2011

Houmas House Plantation Part II

I am so excited about this series.  Yes, it is going to be a series, probably a Christmas blog next week would break it, but Houmas House Plantation is a national treasure and a photographer's heaven.  I was like a kid in a candy store!
Last week, we covered the outside with a few fish-eye shots.  Let's stay outside this week and let's get a few details and some general shots as well...
When you pull in the parking lot of Houmas House, you feel that this is going to be a worthy experience.

The owner still lives in the premises, and it shows and feels like that the place is alive. There are several gardens and water gardens that are very well kept and it is a place that you would like to hang out on a nice breezy afternoon, enjoying your favorite cocktails purchased from the Turtle Bar that is behind the Houmas House, next to the Hampton Fountain Court. The 4th and the 5th picture below are of the Hampton Fountain Court and the 6th one is a photograph of the yard in front of the court adjacent to the Turtle Bar.

I will leave you with a few more photographs showcasing the lovely ambiance of this magical place. As I mentioned earlier, we might take a break from the Houmas House next week in order to have a Christmas entry on Friday Photography Blog, but there will be at least a Part III to the Houmas House Plantation and we will go inside this time. Until then, be well my babies!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Houmas House Plantation Part I

Oh my lovelies, I have so many photographs to share from this lovely place, yet I don't want to overwhelm you with tons of pictures...
So, here is the first part... Only outside, and only via fish eye...

As opposed to Oak Alley Plantation, At Houmas House Plantation they allowed the photography inside, but I will leave those for next week.  Here's this week quicky Friday Photography Blog, I will talk about this lovely place in more detail next week.

Have a fantastic weekend.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Oak Alley Plantation

Last week I was in New Orleans for Thanksgiving and I took a week off. And it was good. Tons of food and drink and great times. They say "Laissez les bons temps rouler" and boy did we!

It's been a crazy week with a lot to catch up and another busy week is brewing, so this one is a quickie. A good amount of pictures, but not a lot to write.

We visited two plantations while in Louisiana. You can read all about the first one I am sharing the pictures of here. It's called Oak Alley Plantation.

I took the following two pictures inside the main house, where photography is not allowed... Oh well...

Let's finish it up with a picture that encapsulate my experience of Louisiana... Good times, good places and good drinks... A delicious (and LOADED) mint julep!