Tuesday, July 16, 2013

do you know what it means to miss new orleans?

Hello (and sorry for the delay in posts)! I just got back from an amazing mini summer vacation down in New Orleans and, as per usual, the crescent city did not disappoint.

Despite the swampy midsummer heat, I managed to fall in love with the city all over again. The gorgeous old mansions on St. Charles, the smell of fresh late-night beignets, the way the light shines through the Spanish moss in Audubon Park... I know it has its share of problems but that city can be so romantic sometimes.  During this trip I was also finally able to make it to the NOMA, which has been on my list for a long time, along with a few fantastic galleries over on Julia Street in the Warehouse District. (I especially enjoyed Willie Birch's massive charcoal drawings at the Arthur Roger Gallery and John Folsom's new photography at Callan Contemporary.) I've posted a few pictures from the weekend below. If ever you find yourself in N'awlins and in need of recommendations, scroll through for some links and tips!

Precarious but lovely porches in the French Quarter
Flowers on Chartres St.
Lights at the late-night Art Market on Frenchman Street (so fun!)
Escaping the afternoon rainstorms
St. Louis Cathedral, just before watching the sun set over the Mississippi
Willie Birch's Southern Gothic at the Arthur Roger Gallery
Simon Hardeveld's studio on the corner of Jackson Ave and Magazine St. Once you start looking... you notice these signs all over the city. Very cool shop, and Simon is super friendly!
Liz and I got creative with afternoon cocktails (though the hibiscus flowers wound up looking more like sea creatures than we had hoped...)
Took Liz's puppy, Cooper, for a walk through Audubon Park Sunday afternoon

Homemade ice cream... enough said

Richard and Liz enjoying said icecream

Street art in the alley

Touristy? Yes. Charming/delicious/worth the wait on line? Also yes.

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