Jake and Bathsheba

A blog by two cats who used to live in the same house in Northern Virginia. Unfortunately, they are both no longer with us.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

New Orleans - the Other Story

Mom reported to us that she went on the "Katrina Tour" in New Orleans Friday afternoon. As noted in the previous post, she is staying in a hotel on Canal Street in the French Quarter. That part of the city was damaged by Katrina, but is back in business for the most part. It's a totally different story for much of the rest of New Orleans-very sad. Mom shared a few photographs with us.

Many houses are severely damaged and their neighborhoods look abandoned. Others are under renovation as their owners live in trailers parked in the yard.

A hole in the roof indicates that its residents were trapped by the flood and had to retreat to the roof by cutting a hole in it and await rescue.

Harry Connick, Jr. and Branford Marsalis are the forces behind some Habitat for Humanity homes in the upper Ninth Ward. They are brightly colored. All houses are now on raised foundations. That's required for insurance coverage. (Photo taken from the opposite side of a tour bus)

The bus tour did have a pit stop at the Botanical Garden in City Park. It has been renovated and the flowers are gorgeous. It's quite a gem in the midst of so much devastation.

The Louisiana oaks are gorgeous. Many were lost in the hurricane, but many also still survive. This one has lovely ferns growing along the huge horizontal branches.

On a lighter not, Mom's conference group went to something called "Mardi Gras World" last night. This huge warehouse/tourist attraction is filled with Mardi Gras parade props. Some were absolutely surreal and even frightening.

Here's Chuckie with his bride. They are huge.

Mom said that after walking by the Cafe du Monde many times over the last few days, she finally stopped in for its famous beignets (French doughnuts). They were hyped up so much that Mom reports that she was disappointed by them.

Since this is a CAT BLOG after all, here's one of the feral cats in Jackson Square. Mom says that the kitties distanced themselves as the camera tried to focus in the dark.



At Saturday, May 26, 2007 10:01:00 AM, Blogger Daisy said...

Thanks for reminding us that Katrina is still affecting very many people. I think people have forgotten. The new habitat for humanity houses look pretty!

At Sunday, May 27, 2007 12:52:00 AM, Blogger Zoey and the furballs said...

Thank you so much for sharing the pictures. It's easy to forget that people still have not recovered from the devastating hurricane.

At Sunday, May 27, 2007 10:33:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for reminding people that the areas of the city that were flooded are far from healed. One of these areas is a white upper middleclass neighborhood called Lakeview. At senate hearings this week, the representative of this neighborhood told a story that will stay with me the rest of my life. We have seen many wonderful volunteers that have come on their own to help us dig out of the mountain of devastation. She told the story of two of these volunteers from Boston, a mother and a nine year old daughter. After helping in the clean up for a week, the daughter looked up at her mother and asked "Mommy, when are we going home to America?" At this point the lady representative had to stop for a moment to choke back the tears of hurt. Once she composed herself, in cracking voice, she asked the senators "My question is the same. When can we return home to America?"

At Sunday, May 27, 2007 11:42:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the reminder and photos.

At Sunday, May 27, 2007 6:33:00 PM, Blogger Big Piney Woods Cats said...

It was a terrible disaster. Momma is feeling bad, all over again, for all the homeless animals that remain.


At Sunday, May 27, 2007 7:25:00 PM, Blogger Rosemary B❤️ said...

The Habitat for Humanity houses are looking good. So much has been done for New Orleans but there was sooo much damage, many people moved away.
It is sad but also good to see the progress, albeit slow.

Those poor kitties.
Caesar met a "Katrina doggie" at the vet last week.


At Monday, May 28, 2007 4:03:00 PM, Blogger Bad Kitty Cats & Megan said...

It is so sad to see, and live so close to it too, but hope is always alive when people don't forget. Every time there is a new hurricane we just go nuts thinking of the kitty and doggies left out.

And Mardi Gras World... hehe. It can be scary. It's a strange thing!

Sending purrs and hope you enjoy your trip. Oh and we don't think the 'donuts' are that great either... icky icky sweet.

At Tuesday, May 29, 2007 12:00:00 PM, Blogger LZ said...

I am so glad you shared this with us! What an amazing spirit of all who live there.



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