Day one began with my usual "Beignet Contest" at Morning Call in City Park with a run through the Sculpture Garden, and ended with a drink at Mahogany Oaks as usual. This time though, the in between was different. We still enjoyed the sculpture garden, but then we were on our way uptown to spend some time with Tom.
Tom guided us through the Fly along the river in Audubon Park to the Voodoo Oak on the fringe of the Zoo.
We are spoiled for oaks here.
I chuckled as I caught a shot of Tom and Sue taking their own photos. You can really tell the height and breadth of this beauty when you see them beside it.
After seeing their beauty and grandeur in the park, it was interesting to see the same along St. Charles Avenue. They are just as beautiful along the Avenue, but here you see the destructiveness of their roots. Sidewalks roll, peak, crack and slide up to make walking treacherous at times.
We saw the St. Charles Streetcars, the Wedding Cake house, and many more before we returned to Tom's to spend some time looking at his artwork. It was almost noon so we headed to the Lakefront with a brief Lakeview Katrina Tour and a West-End Point Pit stop on our way to lunch at Landry's.
Home for a breather and then on to dinner at Middendorf's and a drink at Mahogany Oaks. Strangely, Middendorf's was closed. I was certain that Pat and Monsieur Honey and I had dinner there on a Monday-but now they are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. I'll file that away for the future!
It was a clear, beautiful, low-humidity kind of day on the Lakefront. I will always miss all of the West End seafood restaurants that are no more since Katrina. Brunning's lives on in the memories of my friends and family, but I must say that the Shrimp Cocktail at Landry's was exceptional. I'm going to have to start calling this "The Family Version of the Pat and Graeme Tour." On to Day 2-soon.