Left for New Orleans. John and I
hadn’t been there for about 30 years so it was interesting to see. We took the route that we would have been on
the boat, along US 90 and stopped at some of the little towns along the
way. In Bay St Louis we found a
wonderful museum at the old railroad station.
Some history and some wonderful Mardi Gras costumes. I didn’t realize that all of the little towns
along the coast all celebrate Mardi Gras with costumed floats and parades.
And the art work of Alice Mosely. A sort of Grandma Moses of Mississippi. She was a school teach who had led a very
interesting life, reflecting the economics of the gulf coast in the 20 century. Her paintings are primitive, but colorful and
really humorous. Continued our way in,
crossing the Gulf Intercostal Water Way and found a great restaurant Le Couchon
in the business district and had an amazing lunch/dinner of all things pork,
and some oysters too.
I insisted that we find the Harvey Lock which is mile 0 on the GIWW
between the Mississippi River and the canals through New Orleans. Had a great hotel with two TVs for the night.
Saturday I go up early and found a French bakery restaurant and brought
quiche, croissants, French toast and lattes back for breakfast.
We played golf at TPC Louisiana,
a very nice track, with two locals.
Neither of us played very well but got some exercise. The course had been under 8 feet of water for 45 days after Katrina.
Dan and Suzanne and her mother had flown into New Orleans on their way
back to Pascagoula. So we met them for
dinner with her brother Chris and nephew Phillipe who live in New Orleans. They chose a very representative New Orleans
restaurant right across from the huge City Park. I had a drink called a Sazerac, invented in
NOLA in 1838. Good food at Ralph’s on
Sunday morning we headed to the French Quarter for Mass and breakfast.
|Andrew Jackson and the Cathedral of St Louis|
I went to Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St Louis in
the French Quarter and then we went to a Jazz breakfast brunch at the court of
the Two Sisters.
The cathdral is right on the river and I got a good view of where we would be if we'd made it by boat.
|Court of the Two Sisters|
|Good reason to be on the Mississippi in a car.|
Then across Lake Ponchatrain on the Causeway Bridge and east on I 10 back to Biloxi in time for the weekly PGA tournament and a walk on the beach.