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NOLA Plan - Your thoughts

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NOLA Plan - Your thoughts

After many months planning our tour of SE USA, we are sadly find we have only 2 1/2 days in NOLA. We have been watching TA daily for thoughts and recommendations, and seek you input on our final (possibly) plan. We arrive early October.

We would like to take in:

1. New Orleans School of Cookery (2 1/2 hour )

2. Isabelle's Post Katrina Tour

3. French Quarter Phantom Tour

4. WWII Museum (I am an ex Australain Army Officer)

5. Visit Yesteryears Store

We are staying at Hotel de la Monnaie on the edge of the French Quarter. Do we need to complete a New Orleans City Tour or the like?

We are doing a Swamp Tour in Lafayette, and Plantation visits in Savannah, Beaufort and Charleston.

Any assistance would be appreciated.


Blenheim, Canada
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1. Re: NOLA Plan - Your thoughts

Johnson, Your plan sounds good! You'll learn more about the history of New Orleans and Louisiana at the School of Cooking than you will on any tour (AND you get fed a great meal!) The Katrina Tour will give you an idea of NOLA before and after (as well as more history!) I've never been to WWII Museum (it's still on "the list of things to do"!) but as ex-military, I'm sure you will love it! I've never heard anyone say anything bad about it. Most posters also recommend the movie. YesterYears is a little eclectic store of all sorts of novelties. It's right beside Pat O'Brien's and wont take much time to go thru, so stop and have a Hurricane! I find most of the ghost/phantom walking tours a bit cheesy, but that's just me. The Swamps are incredible. Plantations are nice, and if you're driving thru those places, that's great...if you're taking the time do do that in your 2 and 1/2 days, I'd re-think it! Just being in the French Quarter will take you more than that long to explore! You'll be VERY CLOSE to the French Market--just across the street is El Gato Negro Mexican restaurant. Incredible food, staff, service, and the BEST Margaritas you will ever drink! Make sure you stop in there!!! Let us know what your "final plans" are. Early October is BEAUTIFUL weather as well!

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I think that you`ll enjoy The New Orleans School of Cooking(on St. Louis). I`ve personally done that one, enjoyed it, and came away with some great recipes that I`ve used for years. There are other "cooking schools" but they appear to be really touristy.

We just recently stayed at the Hotel de la Monnaie in June. We really enjoyed it. Their service was great, and the housekeeping did a nice job. The bedrooms are small, but adequate. You`ll like the location. Frenchmen Street with lots of great music clubs is right around the corner, just 1 block away.

A carraige ride in the Quarter is a nice way to get an overview, as is a ride on the St. Charles Streetcar..

I have not heard of Yesteryears store. Been going for 20 years and have not run across it.

Your schedule may be a bit ambitious for 2 1/2 days. Perhaps you may want to pare down your list a bit.

I`ve heard great things about the WWII museum. If you`re an ex-Army officer, you`d probably want to keep that one. The tours can be "iffy". They can be OK, but also can be great time and money wasters.

Don`t forget to enjoy some fine dining. In the short time you have, be selective.

Enjoy your visit. Hope I helped.

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It is sad that you only have 2 1/2 days in New Orleans. You could easily spend weeks there! New Orleans is famous for its regional cuisine and there are so many great restaurants! I agree with Nawlinslover - choose all your meals carefully!

Blenheim, Canada
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Johnson--I agree...you could easily spend weeks there in New Orleans. It is such a fablous wonderful place! Your schedule sounds like it will be fully packed but it should work. Everyone has given you such good advice that I can't even add anything to that! Have a wonderful time and if you can extend your stay a day or so....:)

Nawlinslover--Yesteryears is one of the coolest stores in NOLA! They are on Bourbon Street right next door to Pat O'Brien's. They have strange things and very beautiful things...it is a mix and it works very well. We bought beautiful hand made St Francis medals there and one of my fav shirts that says "I'm Canine Dependent" (they have feline shirts too). Wonderful store. Next time you're in NOLA you could check it out. Let us know!!!!!

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I wish you had more time in NOLA. I think you will enjoy the plantations near NOLA much more than the ones in SC/GA. But Charleston, Savannah and Beaufort are great places to visit. If you have more time try to visit one or two in NOLA. Plantation Adventures will take you on a tour of two plantations near NOLA and then you will have a great lunch overlooking Lake Pontchartrain. After lunch you will take their swamp tour. This would eliminate the swamp tour in Lafayette. How long are you staying there. Take a day off your visit there and add on to your NOLA visit. Good luck.


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The beauty and fun of New Orleans are in wandering, listening, smelling and tasting. If you concentrate so much on tours, you will miss some of the "flavor". It's a great walking city. When you hear or smell something that pleases you, just step inside and check it out. The French Quarter is small, so you can cover a lot or territory.

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The WW2 museum will take at least half a day and be sure to see the movie. It's worth the money.

Queensland Australia
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8. Re: NOLA Plan - Your thoughts

Thank you all for that excellent advice.

Sadly, we cannot find any more time in our journey, except to arrive at NOLA a little earlier. It is our plan to come back again next October (2012) after visiting Disneyland with the kids and grandkids.

Our plan is

Fri 7 Oct arrive NOLA (NLT 11.00am ex Breaux Bridge), and complete the Tours by Isabelle Post Katrina from 1 to 4.30pm. Thence the 6pm French Quarter Phantoms Tour.

Sat 8 Oct School of Cookery Lunch from 10am to 12.30pm, allowing PM time for Yesteryears, WW2 Museum and streetcar. Then just walk the streets.

Sun 9 Oct Old River Plantation Tour from 7.45am to 2pm, thence just enjoy the sights.

Mon 10 Oct depart NLT Midday.

We would still do a swamp tour at Lafayette (Breaux Bridge) as l have already spoken with the gentleman, and he was exceptionally helpful, and l would hate to cancel on him.

Thanks again everyone. As always your guidance is appreciated.

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9. Re: NOLA Plan - Your thoughts

I'd cut the Phantom Tour- not that I have anything against it, I just think you've got a lot of things on that list and you might start to feel squeezed for time. Leave yourself some time just to walk in the French Quarter. WWII Museum is wonderful. I went before the remodel/addition and I was very impressed- I'm sure it's even better now.

As nawlinslover said, spend time one night on Frenchmen St. Three Muses has really good food (try the Lamb Sliders). If you're a jazz lover, Snug Harbor is one of the best jazz clubs in the city.

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I'm in complete agreement with Soulcat - you really need some time to just walk around and absorb the Quarter. While it's nice to have a few events lined up, ya gotta take time to feel the love!!!