#JuddFest2016 – part the fourth [5/25]

Would you like some beignets with that sugar?

As I suspected, it would take me forty-seven years to finish writing about my trip, but here I am back with more. Day four! A lot of our day was improvised, I think, but that was part of the charm. As any self-respecting tourist does, we started our day with a trip to the legendary Café du Monde. The first time I tried it (last summer), I wasn’t a big fan of the coffee – I guess the chicory didn’t do it for me. But maybe it grew on me? Anyway, I could eat beignets every day forever if they had actual nutritious value. And also, this place teaches you the very important skill of eating and not spilling powdered sugar all over yourself.

From there, we sauntered over to Jackson Square and swung by St. Louis Cathedral. I’m not a religious person, but I’m always awed by cathedrals. They’re absolutely beautiful places, and this place is absolutely remarkable. I might even considering going to church one day just to experience it in its full glory. Just kidding, no I wouldn’t.

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Little drummer boy v 2.0
Little drummer boy.
Little drummer boy.

On either side of the Cathedral are two Louisiana State Museums – the Cabildo and the Presbytère – and don’t let them swindle you, it’s cheaper if you pay for both at once. (We were swindled.) The Cabildo held history of Louisiana, dating quite a bit back. It’s even a little interactive, if you’re a boy who needs to touch everything in the museum. By the time we got to the third floor, we were losing interest — it’s a little overwhelming.

The foyer of the Presbytère
The foyer of the Presbytère

From there, we skipped over to the Presbytère, which I enjoyed quite a bit more. There are only two levels; the ground floor is dedicated to Hurricane Katrina, and the second level is Mardi Gras… the two things New Orleans is most synonymous with. I am not sure I can justify the Hurricane exhibit with words. If you’re ever in New Orleans, please go. It’s been over ten years, and most of the visible scars of the city have healed, but you’ll never understand the suffering and agony the city went through. The exhibit helps shine a light on it. I found it really moving, and terribly sad, and I genuinely wish I could go back in time to have helped.

The Mardi Gras exhibit was pretty phenomenal, too. Between this and Mardi Gras World, I’m already thinking about booking my flight to NOLA for next year. (For the record: February 28.) They have a wonderful collection of costumes and Mardi Gras crowns/tiaras. Some of it is so incredibly intricate and beautiful, I can only imagine the work put into them.

After the excitement of museums, the five of us were hangry. We walked over to Killer PoBoys on Dauphine. This was definitely not your traditional po’boys kind of place, but holy crap it was delicious. I went with the pecan butter and jelly (blueberry) on whole grain, because I must be difficult and was still struggling with an upset stomach (such is the story of my life). You can’t go wrong with a good ole PB&J, and it was delicious. The food was so good, that Judd himself ate everybody’s leftovers and then all of the paper cartons and half of the table before we were kicked out. Just kidding, but he did eat a lot.

Hey, look at these dweebs.
Hey, look at these dweebs.

After lunch, we headed down to the Old US Mint, thinking it would be a really cool place to see a lot of history. Thankfully, it was free, because it sucked. There wasn’t a lot to see (we walked really far for nothing), and the upstairs exhibits were underwhelming. There was a cool music performance room on the top floor, but nobody there to sing for us. Boooo-urns.

Orange dreamsicle everything.
Orange dreamsicle everything.

From there, back to our hotel because we’re old people who need naps. But first, we swung through the French Market and picked up an ice cream daiquiri because I’m a grown ass woman and I do what I want and I want booze in my ice cream, okay. We also happened across filming for a Popeyes commercial off Canal Street. I have no idea why everybody was squatting on the ground. Whatever, it was cool.

Something important!
Something important!

I’m not sure what else we did in between, because I didn’t take pictures of anything but food this day, it feels like. I think just naps. For dinner we went to Napoleon House, which was definitely one of my favorite meals of the trip. 10/10 would recommend. April and I shared food again, because I think we were on a date the whole week and/or neither of us can finish an adult portion of food, so it works out nicely. We sat outside in the courtyard and the ambiance was awesome. I really enjoyed it.

And then finally, bed. On to day five!

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