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282. A beauty called NOLA

February 19, 2013

A group of friends and I decided to spend the long Presidents Day weekend in New Orleans and plans were made during Christmas week so we got decent flight deals. And so on Feb 16th we were all on our first Spirit flights on our maiden trip to Louisiana to spend three days soaking in culture, history and southern food.

After checking in we were on the road to explore the sights, sounds and smells heading on a Street Car to Cafe Dumonde for our fill of Beignets and other food across the street in the vicinity of the French Market followed by a stroll on the riverwalk admiring the beautiful Mississippi. My third time near the river – the first two times being in Minneapolis and St Louis, where I did the cruise and helicopter ride respectively. Thereafter it was a night of club hopping on Bourbon Street.

For me Day 2 began with an early morning walk and time of worship at St Louis Cathedral which is the oldest continuously operating cathedral in the United States. After mass the other friends joined in to explore the World of Mardi Gras – which is worth a visit to get a glimpse of the parades without the crowds. After this fun outing I took a City Tour to get a glimpse of New Orleans, its cemeteries, places affected by Hurricane Katrina and the garden district which was enriching.

A walk through the French market ensued with snack stops to try Oysters, Crawfish and ultimately Fried Alligator Sausage at The Praline Connection which also serves authentic Cajun-Creole food. Monday morning was devoted to a visit to the World War II Museum and then it was time to wrap up. I am sure I will go back to NOLA later in the year, if not for Mardi Gras in 2014 most certainly.

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