October 25, 2012

New Orleans or Bust!

Mr. Pickle was the lucky guest on another business trip with Miss Olivia. This time they stayed States-side and headed to New Orleans from October 12-17. He's been one busy traveling pickle lately! And he's loving every minute. One minute he's in France, the next minute he's in the French Quarter.

Planning time! Books and beads.

Mr. P says hello to the New Orleans Convention Center.

Tiny swag at the neuroscience convention. (I said it was a busines trip!)

A beautiful early morning in Jackson Square.

Yes, yes, and yes. Beignets and cafe au lait at Cafe du Monde. He is looking like a most dapper pickle ready to devour ALL THE SWEETS.

Why must Mr. Pickle encounter alligators every time he visits New Orleans? At least he manages to escape the clutches of death each time. Phew.

Mr. P enjoys some unique corncob ironwork on Royal Street. He's the size of corn!

Eyeing some chicken and frog cakes at Croissant d'Or Bakery. I don't even want to know what these are. Thanks Olivia for taking him to yet ANOTHER bakery :)

They visited100 year old Central Grocery for a muffuletta, because apparently no trip to New Orleans is complete without this muffuletta.

Mr. Pickle checks out this original soda fountain at the Pharmacy Museum. This place sounds pretty cool!

Mr. P meets his first voodoo doll at the museum. He's not quite sure what to make of the poor thing.

Would you like some voodoo goofy dust?

This cute green guy makes a spectacle of himself at the spectacle display at the Pharmacy Museum.

An original pharmacy show globe! Mr. Pickle was happy not to break it.

Enjoying a view of the Mississippi River and the river boat Natchez and the plus-shaped World Trade Center.

Please take one pickle at Preservation Hall. Pickles for the soul!

How about a sip of a cherry hurricane wine slushie? Yes please!

Mr. P and Miss O enjoy a walk all the way down Magazine Street with a carrot, beet, kale juice. Yep, this pickle digs kale.

They even caught some Lousianna-made shorts at the NOLA film festival!

Fpr some reason, pickle things are everywhere. Like this pickle bottle stopper. Mr. Pickle is perplexed, his face just doesn't show it.

Wow! Olivia sure can pack in some sight seeing while on these business trips, and Mr. P is always happy to guide her along.


Next up is Chicago and some east coast touring. Check out his itinerary and let me know if you wish to take him with you somewhere! He'd love to show you his hat collection.

October 15, 2012

Putting the P in the U.P.

A northern Michigan trip for Mr. Pickle! Michigan is his home base, but he hasn't done much exploring in it. Immediately after returning from Paris, France he joined Darla (and James and Henry) and headed Up North to join Eby (and Ginger) for a bit of Northern Michigan fun from October 1-7. He first landed in Suttons Bay to visit Eby and Ginger at Hemlock Creek Farm and to hang with their pigs. Eventually they all traveled to the Upper Peninsula to soak in the majestic Lake Superior and visit the Tahquamenon Falls. Mr. Pickle's liver got a workout in between adventures. This was prime time for fall colors and OH MY it was pretty...
 Visiting Eby's pigs at Hemlock Creek Farm in Suttons Bay.

Gnome-like mischief, witnessed by ceramic pics.

Sippin' the fine Tandem Ciders. Mmmmm.

Mr. P dining with THE Henry at Towne Plaza in Traverse City. 

One of many drinks. Talk about fermented pickles. 

A stop at Deadman's Hill in the Jordan River Valley in Warner, MI.

Graffiti and trees and a pickle at Deadman's Hill. (See how it says DANG?)

DANG, Mr. Pickle, look at that view! Look at those lush colors. 

Drink stop at Dixie Saloon before crossing the Mackinac Bridge into the UP. 

Mr. P and the Mighty Mac! 

Overlooking Lake Superior at the mouth of the Tahquamenon River.

Well, it's not a gator attack, this time it's a giant bear at the gift shop! He just can't escape the sharp jaws of these critters.

Mr. P and PASTIES at the Tahquamenon Falls Brewery. Typical Up North. Typical Eby.

Mr. P is helping Darla dig around graves at Mission Hill Cemetary. Darla is realllly good at finding dead people. Mr. Pickle is not so much into genealogy.

A pickle-sized gazebo!!

A pickle-sized boat! He mans the HENRY T. I wonder if Henry J was amused...

They spent a lot of time on the beach of Lake Superior near Brimley. Oh, Lake Superior, so vast.

Um, that's a lot of water.

Bacon for breakfast, of course.

Mr. Pickle visited the top of the Point Iroquois Lighthouse in Hiawatha National Forest in Brimley, MI.

Lighthousing around.

The old lighthouse light. The sign says DO NOT TOUCH. SHARP EDGES. I guess Mr. P came out unscathed.

Mr. P loves meeting other stuffed friends on his travels. This time around he met a celebrity! Smokey the Bear!! In a lighthouse, no less.

Lunch at Clyde's in St. Ignace before heading over the bridge and back home.

The Mighty Mac and the mighty Mr. P headed back to SE Michigan. 


Such a fun trip with fun people. And those fall colors! Those waterfalls! Swoon. 
Until next time...

October 4, 2012

Monsieur Pickle and His Raspberry Beret

Mr. Pickle joined Olivia on a quick business trip to Paris, France from September 25-30. Business? In France? Yes, the business of a new outfit and plenty of coffee shops and pastries for for this famous traveling pickle! After some long work days, they had to fit a lot of sight seeing in at the end of the trip, and boy, did they ever! (This is the same Olivia that took Mr. P to Barcelona on a business trip.)

First up... Some Eiffel Tower action! He was taken with this blinking pickle-sized replica.
Are you loving his new shirt and raspberry beret!?? You know what they say, when in Paris...

Now for the real deal. They waited in line to climb the South Pillar. Ooh la la!

Halfway up the Eiffel! He's got this!

After Mr. P and Olivia made it to the top they treated themselves to some pain du chocolate on the observation deck.

Walking along the Seine on a beautiful Parisian day. Sigh.

Mr. P check outs the Musee d'Orsay, filled with French Impressionist art.

Macaron time! From Maison Pradier.This is the point where the trip gets pastry intense.

A fancy dress cake at a patisserie outside the Opera House. Mr. P kind of fell in love.

Mr. P meets a lady baker outside Olivia's favorite bakery in the neighborhood on her morning commute. So many rich pastires, so little time.

Wait, what? Pizza for breakfast? Yes. When it's carmelized fruit pizzas. They enjoyed these for breakfast on more than one occasion.

Notre Dame! Such stunning architecture for Mr. P and Miss O to take in.

Notre Dame tourists, these two!!

Sacre Coeur! The Sacred Heart Basilica of Montmartre.

Mr. Pickle takes in the view atop Sacre Coeur, the highest point in Paris.

Moulin Rouge at night. So pretty!!

What a phenominal trip to France! Such great sights and eats for Mr. P and Miss O. And I'm glad to see his beret didn't get blown away.


Next up: Michigan fun, Southern sillies, and East Coast shenanigans. He's free starting in November, where are you taking him?? Let me know! He need a place to stay for the holidays.