Susanna in New Orleans

Susanna Lee was a Radiologist whom Jim first met in the early 80’s when they both worked at New England Memorial Hospital in Stoneham Massachusetts. When the hospital went bankrupt and closed in February of 1999 they both ended up at Lahey Clinic. Susanna was always the first person to arrive at our Christmas Open House, bearing a gift of Veuve Clicquot and wearing her mink coat. She has been single for many years as her husband died quite prematurely of cancer. She loves to travel and takes numerous trips, most times taking her daughter Alison and son Andrew. We first traveled with Susanna when she came to visit us in Tuscany in 2015. We have visited her overnight at her lakeside home in Maine and have tried unsuccessfully to get her to meet us on our travels of the last six years. She finally managed to squeeze us into her busy life and she came to New Orleans for a few days.

Susanna arrived early afternoon and was dropped off a few houses down from us. Our address is on the corner house so by the time the driver starts looking for an address they are well beyond our front door.
We took her on a brief tour of the neighborhood. This is the actor John Goodman”s house
Bacchanal has become our favorite “go to” place to eat, drink and listen to jazz on the patio.
They were celebrating an Anniversary year so they were giving away free food of grilled oysters and sardines which we enjoyed with our cheese and wine.
We had dinner at one of our favorite nearby dive bars, Joey K’s Restaurant and Bar, a reasonably priced good local restaurant on Magazine Street.
Susanna treated us to a jazz brunch of Creole classics at The Court of Two Sisters.
We took a ferry ride across the Mississippi River to Algiers Point which is an historic neighborhood of New Orleans, once home to many jazz musicians and also the second oldest neighborhood in the city.
View of the Cathedral as seen from Algiers Point.
We were amazed at the various large barges that traverse the river way.
Queen of the Muses Krewe arrives via a giant red high heel. They throw shoes to the crowd. Sadly we did not get one as they mostly hand them down to the children along the parade route.
More Muses arrive via motorized bath tubs stocked with their alcoholic beverages.
Sandra Bullock’s house was just two blocks from where we stayed in the Garden District.
We went to the New Orleans Museum of Art in City Park.
NOMA is the oldest fine arts museum in the city.
An impromptu Mardi Gras Parade in the French Quarter
Thank you Susanna for a great visit with us in NOLA.

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