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Trip Report Three days in New Orleans -- barely scratched the surface

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My husband, teenage son, teenage daughter and myself greatly enjoyed three days in New Orleans last week. Yes, it was very hot and humid, but we walked all over anyway.

We stayed at the Homewood Suites on Poydras. Very nice hotel -- it's a little further from the French Quarter than I had thought it would be, but it was still a good location for us. We were able to walk to the WWII museum and to the FQ with no problem. We did take the Riverfront streetcar once and found it easy and fun.

We took two tours -- the True Crime tour and the Movie Tour. I can't remember which company did these tours. Our kids chose both tours, and we liked them, but I will choose something else next time. The Movie Tour was in an air conditioned van, so that made it preferable to a walking tour on a hot afternoon.

We had been told (probably on this forum) to allow plenty of time to wander the FQ and just look around and go in shops, etc. We did this for hours and hours, and it was great. Also, we spent time, as I'm sure everyone does, at Jackson Square, going in the Cathedral and looking at the works of the artists on the square, etc. We really liked the French Market as well.

The WWII Museum is amazing! If you have any interest in military history, go. Of course, the "Beyond All Boundaries" movie was awesome and made me cry just a bit. We spent 4 hours at the museum, and I wasn't done yet, but everyone else was ready to go.

Our one "miss" of our time in NOLA was going to the Barataria Preserve just across the river south of the FQ. We started hiking on a trail, and the swampy scenery was as beautiful and fascinating as promised, but the bugs just started to eat us alive! And we'd used plenty of bug spray. So we turned around and RAN out of there. I guess we were ignorant to try it at this time of year. Live and learn.

We also went through the Presbytere Museum. Very nice exhibit on Hurricane Katrina.

After three busy days in New Orleans, I feel like we barely scratched the surface of all there is to do. So I guess we need to go back sometime!

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