new orleans travel guide: skip the oak alley plantation tour

We escaped the heat of New Orleans (well, a couple of degrees, anyway) for a few hours when we visited Oak Alley Plantation. The grounds are lovely. Manicured lawns, beautiful flowers, old, towering trees. We grabbed some alcoholic lemonades, checked out the shop, and had some delicious gumbo at the restaurant, before our guided tourContinue reading “new orleans travel guide: skip the oak alley plantation tour”

new orleans travel guide: st. louis cemetery no. 1 walking tour

One of the most interesting and unique aspects of New Orleans is that they can’t actually bury their dead. Because they’re so far below sea level, the bodies, if buried, would sooner or later all emerge from the swampy soil, so instead, they bury those lost above ground in what they call “cities of theContinue reading “new orleans travel guide: st. louis cemetery no. 1 walking tour”

new orleans travel guide: the national wwii musem

The day after our late-night ghost-hunting tour, we had a late start. (Late as in, we missed breakfast altogether, which wasn’t a problem for Amanda, but is blasphemous for this breakfast-loving girl!) We decided we would go to the National World War II Museum that day. Amanda was a little skeptical about the awesomeness ofContinue reading “new orleans travel guide: the national wwii musem”

new orleans travel guide: the ghost-hunting tour

So you may be wondering how we settled on New Orleans for our Girls Trip 2018, and the answer is that it all started with the idea of a ghost tour. I get emails every week from TravelZoo, and one week several months ago, Savannah, Georgia, was the highlighted destination, with ghost tours being oneContinue reading “new orleans travel guide: the ghost-hunting tour”

new orleans travel guide: do the swamp tour with cajun encounters

Before I visited New Orleans, my knowledge of the place was pretty much limited to three things: Mardi Gras, po’boy sandwiches, and the bayou. How many books have I read about the dark things that happen in the swamp? Countless. (Apparently, it’s a great place to hide bodies. The gators eat up all the evidence.)Continue reading “new orleans travel guide: do the swamp tour with cajun encounters”

new orleans travel guide: two chicks’ brothels, bordellos, and ladies of the night walking tour

A few weekends ago, my friend Amanda and I jetted down to New Orleans for a five-day girls’ trip. When we were first contemplating where we would go for our girls’ trip this year, we almost nixed New Orleans because we didn’t know how safe it would be for two women to be wandering aroundContinue reading “new orleans travel guide: two chicks’ brothels, bordellos, and ladies of the night walking tour”