MY NEW ORLEANS TRIP

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MY NEW ORLEANS TRIP

MY NEW ORLEANS TRIP

As some of you know I was able to cross something off my bucket list this year…

I took a trip to New Orleans.

Have you been there yet? If not it's a must do!

Here is a bit of my travel experience & just SOME of what I got to see and do.

We were flying out of Detroit so we drove down the night before our flight and did a stay with park'n fly at the Comfort Inn Metro Airport.

Price was fabulous and the beds were super comfortable!

The hotel Shuttle took us to the airport in the morning and we were on our way.

We landed in N'awlins (that's me trying to speak the local dialect to fit in) just a mere 2½ hrs after take off.

After a cab ride to the French Quarter apprx: $36.00 & 40 mins. it's now 11:15am and knowing our bags are secure in the baggage room at the hotel (Crowne Plaza) we decide our first adventure is going to be to take a stroll down the famous BOURBON ST. to find something for lunch.

My first reaction to Bourbon St...What is that smell? Oh it's the cleaner that the shops are using to clean the unknown yet slightly familiar looking substances off the sidewalks in front of their establishments.
Moving right along I look up to see some of the most beautiful buildings I have ever laid my eyes on, and the creativity that has been put into some of the signs left us smiling and guessing at just what the story behind them is.

We made our way to the Hard Rock Cafe where we enjoyed some lunch which was very good (only about a 5 min stroll from our hotel) & of course taking pictures of some of their artifacts. While there we received a text form our hotel letting us know our room was ready.

We went back to the hotel had a quick check in then went to have a look at where we will be sleeping & calling home for the next 4 nights. 
Room was a nice good size for the two of us & very clean.
We decided now would be a good time to strap on our walking shoes and really explore our surroundings so for the next six hours we walked & walked & walked some more. Some of what we took in is the Mississippi River, Jackson Square, Canal Street, parts of Magazine Street and all the stores and buildings in between.

Now let the race of being able to see and do as much as we can in the next few days begin.

Day.1 – Arrival (See above comments)

Day.2 – Street Car ride then on to the Hop-On Hop-Off Bus and rode it the entire way around to see all of the French Quarter, Central Business District and Garden District we then wandered around the Riverwalk and took in the sites and activities and let me tell you we saw some VERY interesting people & places. In the evening we went back to Bourbon St. and ended up spending the rest of our night at Cafe Beignet listening to some live Jazz and meeting lots of great people.

Day.3 – Back onto the Hop-On Hop-Off Bus which Included 3 Free Walking Tours (yes we did all 3) a French Quarter & Garden District Walking Tour as well as a Self Guided Cemetery Tour. 
We also went to the French Market, Esplanade and did a tour of
Mardi Gras World. In the evening we went on a Ghost Tour (New Orleans Legendary Walking Tour apprx: 2 hrs.)I do believe I scared away all the ghosts as I didn't see any. After our tour we went Harrah's to try our luck, sad to say we didn't have any...I think the ghost were there.

Day.4 – Started the day with a city bus ride over to the local Walmart as I literally walked a hole right through the bottom of my shoes. 
Once back to the French Quarter we had breakfast and boarded our bus that was taking us to our Cajun Experience Swamp Tour….Let me just say I LOVED IT and this was one of the best highlights of my trip and there were many of them. We arrived back to our hotel in the early evening so after dinner we once again did the Bourbon Street walk about, you could walk this street everyday/night of your stay and never see everything it has to offer as you discover something or someone new every time you venture there.

Day.5 - Sad to say this was the day we had to return home. We got up early ate breakfast went and bought all of our souvenirs walked up & down Canal St. went to the River front for one last visit, got our bags hopped in a cab & back to the airport we went.

All in all it was a fantastic, busy, interesting and just all round wonderful trip that I would definitely do all over again given the chance.

Here are some links so you can check out some of what I was able to see:

http://www.cajunencounters.com/swamp_tour
http://www.frenchmarket.org/
http://www.cafebeignet.com/
http://www.citysightseeingneworleans.com/
http://www.mardigrasworld.com/
http://www.saveourcemeteries.org/lafayette-cemetery-no-1/
http://www.freetoursbyfoot.com/self-guided-garden-district/
http://www.neworleanslegendarywalkingtours.com/

If you're thinking you might like to go to New Orleans I am more than happy to help plan your trip.
You can reach me at 519-473-6261 (ask for Jen) or you can email me at budgettravel7@netscape.net