Today’s ride took me down to the Marigny in search of a comfortable coffee shop to get some reading done. But my favorite coffee shop is on vacation! The nerve! Actually, I’m glad folks here take real vacations. We don’t do enough of that. We should all make enough money to take some time off work to be alive, methinks, but that’s a conversation for another time. It was an incredibly and sunny day, so I decided to just tool around the neighborhood, casually looking for a coffee shop I vaguely remember. I stopped on St. Ferdinand to snap a photo of the Holy Trinity Church, built in the mid-1800s to serve the German community in the area. This church is in disrepair, with No Trespassing signs posted above the doors and an overgrown yard to the side. But the church also boasts my favorite sign in New Orleans–the Certificate of Appropriateness–authorizing construction work on this historic building. I don’t know what circumstances have left the church in this condition, or what kind of work will be done when, but the building is still beautiful. Buildings that are in various states of decay and disrepair still have a life to them. This place, for example, houses several bird’s nests, still a home for them. There was also an empty cat food can sitting by the steps, and I imagine there are stray kitties who show up here for food left by friendly neighbors. I finished peeking around the building and then headed over to another coffee shop for iced tea before tooling back Uptown, grateful for another summer day on the bike.