A few New Orleans photos

Apologies for the light posting, I’ve been on vacation the last week in New Orleans. It was my first time in the city, and also my first time using Airbnb, and both were great. The night we arrived Irma Thomas was playing for free in Lafayette Square:IMG_0378

But before that, we had our first sazeracs at the Hermes Bar at Antoine’s with Ken Bickford, who first gave us a tour of the Garden District:

IMG_0370One of the dining rooms at Antoine’sIMG_0372

At Tucker Carlson’s suggestion, when the concert ended we hit up Lafitte’s and listened to a piano player to round out the evening.

The next morning after peeking into St. Louis Cathedral, saw the Ogden Museum of Southern Art:IMG_0399

where I especially enjoyed the top floor, currently featuring an exhibit on Jim Roche, here are a few photos:IMG_0404 IMG_0405 IMG_0407 IMG_0408 IMG_0410They had a far out piece by George, “the dot man” Andrews:

IMG_0425And here is “The Deceiver of the Whole World,” by Reverend McKendree Robbins Long:

IMG_0426The whole museum is awesome, though, and this is only a small part. If you’re ever in New Orleans, go. After lunch with Kevin Boyd, we hit the Confederate Memorial Museum:IMG_0400

The coolest/strangest thing there is a crown of thorns allegedly woven by Pope Pius IX and sent to Jefferson Davis while he was in prison, along with a photograph whose provenance is not contested. If you have theories, leave them in the comments:

IMG_0437After that we took the streetcar down to Christ Church Cathedral, home of the first Episcopalian parish in New Orleans, and resting place of Leonidas Polk, the “fighting bishop:

IMG_0440IMG_0446On the way back to the French Quarter we stopped by St. Mary’s of the Assumption and the shrine to Blessed Fr. Seelos, who ministered to the Irish Channel briefly before dying of Yellow Fever in 1867. The Catholic Worker house is in the neighborhood too: IMG_0448 IMG_0449 IMG_0452 IMG_0453 That evening we went on a ghost tour, which I don’t have any pictures of, before retiring.

We woke up for 7:30 Low Mass the next morning at St. Louis Cathedral, then stuck around Jackson Square, getting coffee and beignets at Cafe Du Monde and touring the Cabildo before meeting up with The King Dude, Mike Church, and his lovely wife and daughter at the Royal House for oysters, raw and chargrilled. Mike gave us a care package that included this truly badass shirt:

After a quick tour of the pharmacy museum and bourbon milk punches with Ken Bickford, that evening we went on Dr. Gumbo’s cocktail tour of the French Quarter, which I recommend highly, but be prepared, it’s not for the faint of liver.

One of the other highlights was not a cocktail; the award-winning Lazy Magnolia Southern Pecan Ale. After some gumbo to recharge, we caught a set of the Preservation Hall Band, then went to Frenchmen Street to listen to some music:

The next morning we took the bus to the City Park and saw the St. Louis Cemetery #3 and the New Orleans Museum of Art and sculpture garden, which had an interesting exhibit on modern Louisiana artists, among other things: IMG_0503 IMG_0509 IMG_0512

Next, finally, was the oyster festival. Here’s round 1: scallop and oyster pasta and an oyster po boy, with Abita Strawberry Lager:

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Round 2: Oyster sliders, oysters flamenco, Acme raw oysters

IMG_0514Round 3: ceviche oysters, pepper jelly oysters

IMG_0516Afterward we cleaned up and headed to Ken Bickford‘s, where we enjoyed a bucket of mint juleps and contemplated the good life.
Sunday morning we went to the Tridentine Mass at Old St. Patrick’s:

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Then scooted over to St. Augustine’s on the southern edge of Treme, for the end of their gospel Mass:

IMG_0538 We had a final lunch at Pat O’Brian’s, a Hurricane for me and a Bloody Mary for the lady, and shortly thereafter, the rain that had mostly held off the rest of the week finally cut loose on the way back to our airport cab.

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