More Architecture! It’s Old Here.

Not much soul searching to report today, though I think some of my colleagues tried to get me to do so. That’s even AFTER I said I am really doing well and coping with whatever challenges may come up. Oh well. What did I do today?

Look. Architecture.

Mostly I looked at a lot of buildings and some darned impressive old oak trees. Our trip planners did us all a favor by setting up a bus tour of Greater New Orleans this morning, which makes it a lot easier to figure out what we’ll want to do in our free time tomorrow.

A spotted mule. Dream come true.

Our tour bus driver is usually a swamp tour driver, so I enjoyed listening to him try to remember all his NOLA facts and figure out how traffic has changed.

Of course there was the odd sighting of a wookie.

I had a blast looking at all the beautiful buildings, old and not so beautiful places, and water, water everywhere.


We enjoyed the old cemetery they took us to, which wasn’t the OLDEST, but was pretty old. I can’t help but have a good time making up stories like, why was the wife in one set aside with her own stone outside of the others…

Memorials to the departed.

A real highlight was the City Park, where we did get the obligatory coffee and beignets at a satellite Cafe du Monde. The fact that there were lots of birds and cool statues was certainly a bonus. I got some iNaturalist entries!

I’ve always loved Lake Pontchartrain for its romance and songs, so I enjoyed finally getting to have some of its waters on me. I’ve been across it, but never ON it. So, that was also a highlight and made up for driving by a whole lot of houses that will surely be flooded in the next hurricane.

The wind was brisk.

After the tour, we had a charming brunch at the Court of Two Sisters, in which I didn’t eat much, but enjoyed talking to various old and new friends. I just wasn’t hungry after that beignet.

And…then we went right down the block to a real cool place that not everyone goes to, which is an amazing home preserved by the New Orleans Historic Collection. It was a lot of fun to see how well-to-do people restored French Quarter buildings and made them their own. I couldn’t take photos indoors, but I enjoyed the outdoors enough! This place was just a fantastic snapshot of life at the time of the Williams family.

After a brief shopping and resting break, the Board had a meeting that involved a lot of wine, then we all went to eat across the street from the hotel. I had perhaps the most delicious redfish I ever had (sorry Norman Crain, chef of the previous best redfish I ever ate). I certainly had an interesting time.

And I am totally ready for more tours of New Orleans with the Friends of LLL. Whew. I’ll be tired by Tuesday.

Author: Sue Ann (Suna) Kendall

The person behind The Hermits' Rest blog and many others. I'm a certified Texas Master Naturalist and love the nature of Milam County. I manage technical writers in Austin, help with Hearts Homes and Hands, a personal assistance service, in Cameron, and serve on three nonprofit boards. You may know me from La Leche League, knitting, iNaturalist, or Facebook. I'm interested in ALL of you!

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