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Trip Report New Orleans Trip Report

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This was my first trip to NO and was pleasantly surprised. While I played it safe, as a female I did walk alone late one night from Bourbon Street to my hotel in the warehouse district and felt safe. Having said that, I was careful to avoid areas that were desolate.

The first few nights I stayed at the Marriott across from the Convention Center (I was there for a convention for the first part of my visit). I thought the hotel was perfectly adequate and fairly quiet. Lunches during the convention were at the Riverwalk since it was convenient. Decent enough food for a food court, but I am still surprised at how costly lunch was (I felt dinners were very reasonable though).

During a city tour (as part of my convention) I was truly astounded by the amount of destruction that still exists. We don't really hear too much about it anymore, so I am embarrassed to admit I wasn't aware of the extent that still existed. While I think it's important for us to see what is going on, I realize that the residents must be frustrated with all of the busses coming through...

I thoroughly enjoyed walking around - the riverfront, Royal Street, the Garden District and taking the trolley. Very pretty city. I did a few very touristy things - Natchez River Cruise and Plantation Tour. I enjoyed both. I liked seeing the industrial riverfront on the river cruise and smelling sugar as we passed Domino Sugar. The Plantation Tour took us to Laura. The owner was our tour guide and I was very pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. He (Norm) is a fantastic story teller. If you go, ask for him for your guide. We then went to Oak Alley - a grander house and beautiful grounds, but the guides couldn't match up to the story-telling by Norm at Laura.

Took a Bloody Mary walking tour of French Quarter. It should have been interesting, but our tour guide was not a story-teller. He just spit out lots and lots of information (not all correct) and it was just too much....

As for food - First night grabbed a quick appetizer and wine at Creole Skillet in Warehouse District. BEWARE - the bartender added more to the tip on my credit card bill. At at Jacqui-Imo - wow! Probably the best meal I had. Also ate that Palace - very good -- and Emerils (sat at bar). Also very good.

Forgot to mention that for my final 3 nights I stayed at Renaisance Arts. Got a good deal of $65 on Priceline. Really interesting, nice hotel, but two issues. Some rooms, including mine, had windows overlooking the lobby. I love natural light, so this threw me off a little. That alone would not prevent me from staying there again. What might, is that it turned out to be noisy than expected with noise from nearby rooms and from the lobby drifted up.

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