Thursday, September 6, 2007
Rip's rises above the waves.
The New Orleans region is changing after the effects of Hurricane Katrina and with the massive rebuilding that is progressing. These two photos give a sense of that. Above is the old Rip's (a favorite Mandeville lake front restaurant) as we saw it a few weeks after the storm -- a ball of water from the lake had ripped (no pun intended) through the ground level eatery and totally smashed the inside, blowing out all the glass.
Below, the new Rip's rises to new heights. The dining is on the raised floor. The bottom area is convenient for sitting as the sunset sends cool lake breezes in -- a troubadour or two are often the fare there. The new Rips also gives a great view of the lake.
The New Orleans region is coming back better -- any comments to the contrary are shortsighted.