Breakfast at Cafe beignet, then returned car to budget whose system was down so who knows what they'll charge us, la la la. Nice sweltering tour of Cemeteri St Louis, guide Mike Murphy writes boks about NOLA Mary left a queen of hearts at Mme Lavei's tomb.
Found the trolley & then a long hot hike out to Mopho for nice lunch w Marcus Jacobs & Caitlin. My turmeric shrimp beat marys cold buckwheat noodle dish. They gave us a ride in the pickup to the trolley stop.
Rode back to vieux Carre. I went into a faint while mj enjoyed the pool & bar. We toddled out for dinner around the corner at Copper Monkey.
Tuesday August 9 #NOLA Up before breakfast, out to The Naughty Beignet for coffee, I grabbed some hotel sausage & scrambled eggs at the hotel while MJ got ready for yoga at a museum off Jackson Square. I flaneured about, screwed up a sketchbook page at pj's coffee, bought a new deck of cards. We hit Monty's for bisquits & bloody Mary's at 10 am, oh we're on vacation. Went to a historical museum and then the excellent & devastating Katrina museum. Back at hotel, showered & shaved. Unattributed pieced constructed glass skull at Red Truck Gallery
Lafayette! Creole Queen Aboard Creole Queen Cont'd hung at hotel, then trundled up(!) to the riverbank to catch the Cajun Queen historical afternoon steamboat tour to the battlefield of some damn thing. We stayed on board for that part. It was, eh, fine, until Charles the tourguide guy started talking about Katrina, and then Shit Got Real. Very moving day by day history of how & why the disaster went down the way it did. Coop's Menu Gentrification: "Doing some Christopher Columbus shit and Bogarting." Got onto the trolley toward French Market, had some kickass gumbo followed by Jambalaya supreme. This was at Coop's, divey little joint, v comfortable & friendly with bathrooms that double as blastfurnaces. Made our way home & vegged out.