The Roquefort Files

Travels to the pub and back

November 27th, 2006

Lying low:

turns out working five days a week is pretty much not as much fun as exploring the deep south and attempting to extract some half-baked cultural conclusions from DIY disaster tourism. But lo, we are back and making the best of it. Ash and I drove to Glasgow at the weekend: me for a Coba […]

November 20th, 2006

Our final destination

was Memphis for two more days before we left for home. When we arrived the weather had changed from clear and bright in Nashville to grey and overcast, and downtown Memphis was as grim as ever. We checked back into the King’s Court (crack whores or not, you can’t argue with $40 a night plus […]

November 12th, 2006

We dispatched Alabama in a couple of days

in a cross-country dash to Tennessee. Mobile provided antiquated, grand accommodation, helping us by degrees back to earth from the rarefied heights of the Quarterhouse, while Birmingham was so deserted in the Biblical silence of a Sunday afternoon that we decided to press on to the next big city. The swampy land around Mobile gave […]

November 6th, 2006

We left the Big Easy behind

on a clear, sunny Saturday morning and took the coastal road towards Pass Christian. Josh, Dave and I had stopped there for lunch on our way into N.O, and I had so enjoyed the journey last time that I felt morbidly compelled to see how this part of the Gulf Coast had fared during Hurricane […]

(Intermission):

we’re back! There’s another entry to come about the post-Big Easy part of the trip, and then normal service will resume. It’s good to be back!

November 4th, 2006

We spent almost a week in New Orleans,

staying in the Quarterhouse on Chartres Street. The place was palatial! We had a comically over-decorated (cf. gilt-framed oil painting of a violin-playing monkey dressed in 19th century costume complete with pince-nez spectacles) two bedroom apartment to ourselves, and it was way beyond anything we could have afforded by ourselves. Mad props must go to […]