HAPPY 16TH ANNIVERSARY: JANUARY 7, 2016

It has been at least 8 years since Jake and I went on a vacation that was just us two. It will be our 16th anniversary this January 7, so our families watched our kiddos during Christmas break while we had an early anniversary celebration.

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La Fayette Cemetery, New Orleans Louisiana

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Jackson Square in French Quarter, New Orleans

 

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Audubon Park is adjacent to the zoo. It had been raining for 2 days almost non-stop. The walk through the park, the vegetation was lush and green.

 

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A little sandwich café near Audubon Park. This was the best pea soup I've ever had. The sandwich had the perfect mixture: soft French bread, condiments and meat. The bean salad to the right was also delicious. Tartine also had reasonable priced menu items.

A little sandwich café near Audubon Park. This was the best pea soup I’ve ever had. The sandwich had the perfect mixture: soft French bread, condiments and meat. The bean salad to the right was also delicious. Tartine also had reasonable priced menu items.

 

I love the style of architecture all throughout the city of New Orleans

I love the style of architecture all throughout the city of New Orleans

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Loyola University, New Orleans

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Bubba Gumps

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Broken Yoke. It is hard to find gluten free food in New Orleans, however these GF pancakes were great!

Broken Yoke. It is hard to find gluten free food in New Orleans, however these GF pancakes were great!

Jake had his first Gumbo here and it was delicious. The bake potato was surprisingly spicy and needed plenty of sour cream.

Nola Po Boy Jake had his first Gumbo here and it was delicious. The bake potato was surprisingly spicy and needed plenty of sour cream.

 

The World War ll Museum is huge and a must see attraction if you are here! There is just too much to post from this place, but here are three quotes engraved onto plaques.

The World War ll Museum is huge and a must see attraction if you are here! There is just too much to post from this place, but here are three quotes engraved onto plaques.

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Rocket Fizz Fun store to go in, but we didn't buy any of these overly priced items.

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Fun store to go in, but we didn’t buy any of these overly priced items.

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On the rainy days, Jake in I spent most of the day in our World Mark condo binge watching Game of Thrones.

On the rainy days, Jake in I spent most of the day in our World Mark condo binge watching Game of Thrones.

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Maui Family Trip 2015: Cemeteries and Churches

Ka'ahumanu Church Maui, Hi

Ka’ahumanu Church
Maui, Hi

Makawoa Union Church

Makawoa Union Church

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Roman Catholic Church

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Roman Catholic Church Maui, HI

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Wailuku Church Maui, HI

Wailuku Union Church
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Japanese Cemetery Lahaina, HI

Japanese Cemetery across from Hanakaoo Beach Lahaina, HI

Japanese Cemetery Lahaina, HI

Japanese Cemetery
Lahaina, HI

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Makawoa Cemetery

Makawoa Cemetery This was the most unique one we have been to. When comparing how peaceful it is, Jake ranks it the best.

Makawoa Cemetery
This was the most unique one we have been to. When comparing how peaceful it is, Jake ranks it the best.

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Maui Veteran Cemetery

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Olivenhain Pioneer Cemetery

Visiting cemeteries is considered a hobby of mine. I enjoy them even when it is not Memorial Weekend. However, it is hard to locate them in San Diego, especially nice ones that are well kept. The native don’t even seem to know.It’s hardly likely there aren’t any deaths. Where do San Diego residents put their dead people? Maybe there are a lot of cremations here. I’d be curious to know the statistics. My original plan was to take Ayzia and Eden to Eternal Hills Memorial Park because I know it is large, well kept and pleasant to visit. However, my poor navigation skills guided me to Olivenhain Pioneer Cemetery.  Olivenhain is a wealthy neighborhood of Encinitas where residents live on large plots of land. Most of their land’s vegetation is lush and lively. I was seeking for directions when a pharmacist working at the nearby Rite Aid, whom was a long-time resident said, “I haven’t been there for years!.” Her comment and the fact that there aren’t pronounced road signs for the place indicated this was going to be small. I found this little gem in need of loving maintenance. While the site itself is lacking in appeal, the surrounding view is beautiful. This place is peaceful and the girls discovered a fun little trail that provided most of the pictures. If you’re looking for spritely spook at night, this might be the place for you.

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