Being a compendium of thoughts as we drive and drive and....
Light breakfast and off to City Park – home of the Sydney and Besthoff Sculpture Garden, the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) and the city’s Botanical Garden. Despite the forecast rain, it turned into a lovely day to wander around the park.
The sculpture garden is, in fact, a garden, with iris and allium in full bloom. The sculptures are under mature trees, around two lagoons. What fun to see folks kayaking among the art!
The New Orleans Museum of Art is a wonderful place with far more than we had time for. An exhibition about the connections between Jacob Lawrence and the Mbari Club in Nigeria was the main attraction, but when we arrived we found a smaller exhibit of African art gifted by Laura’s colleague Diane Frankel and her husband Chuck! And a photography exhibit with some fabulous work, including two engaging images by Thomas Kellner. And ceramics. And modern art.
After the museum, we headed off to Liuzza’s and split oyster and spicy shrimp po’ boys for lunch. Then back to the park to wander through the Botanical Garden.
On the way back to the hotel, we drove down Esplanade which had a wonderful array of houses in many styles, including the painted ones in the picture.
Before dinner, we met Kitty’s 10 month old Havanese puppy, Casey. Very cute, but he wants to gnaw on everything in sight. Then on to dinner with a group of eight at Sukeban, a “fast, casual Japanese style izakaya”, with creative sushi hand rolls.