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Trip Report Trip Report: New Orleans with Teens

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Cast of Characters: Me, Husband, Son 19, Daughter 17, Daughter 14.

Day 1, March 13. We arrived in New Orleans at about 2 pm and dropped our luggage in our room at the Country Inn and Suites on Magazine. The hotel is in a nice location - close to the action but not too close, plenty of room for a family of 5 in their one bedroom suite. I got a deal that included valet parking (usually $27 a day) in the price. The furnishings were a bit dated but were okay; Son reported that the sofa sleeper was terrible. Housekeeping was spotty - they kept doing things like taking the opened soap and shampoo but not leaving new.

Anyway, we walked straight to Johnny's Po-Boys for lunch. No line because it was just shy of 3 pm by then. I had a great muffaletta, others had a sea food muffaletta and an Italian sub. Very tasty.

Next destination was St. Louis Cathedral but got sidetracked by a cool shop at which the girls each got dresses. Jackson Square was hopping when we got there - a group was just leaving a wedding at the church. We went inside, then toured the 1850 House (which was about ready to close). We walked around the park and saw another wedding taking place there. Afterwards, the wedding party and guests recessed behind a sax player, and pretty soon the whole gang of them was following a band with umbrellas and white hankies, just like in a movie.

Next stop was the take out line at Cafe Du Monde. A waiter came and took our order and brought it to us, so we had our beignets very quickly, even though the line was very long. The kids LOVED the beignets. We did a bit of shopping in the area, then walked around the French quarter admiring the buildings. By then it was dusk so we walked down Bourbon St. with the kids. Pretty wild, even at that early hour. Poor Son - to be a 19 year old guy with scantly clad young women beckoning from doorways - and to be with your mother!

Back to the hotel, then we went back to the quarter for dinner at Oceana Grill. We were worried at first because there was a long line and the guy from the restaurant didn't seem to care that we had reservations. But after about 10 mintues we got a table. The surprising thing was that there were loads of empty tables. The waitress said they were short a cook, so they weren't letting very many people inside. The food was delicious. I think it was everybody's favorite on the trip. Each daughter got a different kind of duck and both were yummy.

Back to the hotel - there was a pretty building courtyard across the street and we witnessed yet another wedding.

More later.

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