The Big Easy: A Family trip to New Orleans

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What can I say?  I am in love with New Orleans!  My husband, son, daughter, and I recently went to NOLA for a 4 day visit.  It was my husband’s second time there.  After his first trip, that was work related, he came home raving about the city.

My son will be moving out soon and we wanted to take a trip, just the 4 of us.  New Orleans was the overwhelming choice, and what a great choice we made!  When the kids are 8 years apart in age, it can be a little tricky to find a vacation idea that both will enjoy; New Orleans was just the city!

The first night, we arrived at the apartment (we rented a little apartment, through Airbnb, in the Bywater area; we were about 1.5 miles from the French Quarter), dropped our bags, got an Uber, and asked the driver to take us somewhere fun.  She dropped us off on Frenchmen St. We had a great first evening listening to amazing music coming out of all the open doors and windows of the bars, walking around the French Quarter, and ending the night with beignets at Cafe du Monde.

So started a fun 4 days……

Some of the highlights of our trip were:

walking around the French Quarter and learning about the culture and history of the area, including a Friday night ghost story tour.

taking an airboat tour of the swamps and getting a chance to see alligators, turtles, and other wildlife; including holding a baby alligator-the highlight of the trip for my daughter.

trying many southern dishes, including fried alligator, gumbo, cheesy grits, and some amazing southern style barbecue.

going to a Saints football game-the highlight of the trip for my son, the football player of the family.

listening to the nonstop music found on every corner.

experiencing the famous southern hospitality; it is true-some of the nicest people I have met!

and the colors-bright, happy, beautiful colors everywhere.

More details to follow about my experiences in New Orleans….

Here is some further reading on this great city:

The Official New Orleans Travel Site

New Orleans ghost stories

Traveling to NOLA with kids