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Old 12-27-2015, 02:27 PM   #15
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I continue to be amazed at the willingness of the IRV2 members to help in answering the many questions that are posed each day. A simple thank you to all of you seems quite inadequate but "thank you"! Now that Christmas is over and the departure date (January 13-15) is looming I'm seriously researching and planning now. I so wish we could go by the seat of our pants but not quite that seasoned yet so I try to plan, plan, plan! Again, thanks to all of you and believe me, I am trying to work in most of what you have suggested. We have to be home by February 10 so we should have plenty of time!
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We've been in 70s and 80s the past week but temps are dropping tonight. Lows 30-40 this week. So maybe we'll have winter weather for your trip.
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Old 12-27-2015, 08:01 PM   #17
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Go on a diet now, so you can follow the food !!!
do NOT go to the chains - you can do that anywhere
Most of the best food I've found was in the hole in the walls, ask the locals !

Any of the plantations are great!
We were surprised when we went to Charleston, SC and Savannah, Ga to find out most of their plantations were destroyed, whereas most in Louisiana were spared.

x2 on Oak Alley - Nottaway Plantation near Port Allen is great

Nawlins:
Audubon Zoo is not to be missed,
the streetcars,
the WW museum is wonderful, there was a surviving soldier that would sit and weave stories as long as you wanted... hope he's still there!

Avery Island south of Lafayette - Tobasco and ACRES of WONDERFUL gardens
Rip van winkle gardens

gotta run, but have fun
we are going to Poche's RV near Lafayette to meet up with a group for new years... Cajun Palms was full - but that is a treat on just about ANY holiday as those Cajuns know how to party with their tricked out golf carts
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Old 12-27-2015, 11:20 PM   #18
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the WWII museum is wonderful, there was a surviving soldier that would sit and weave stories as long as you wanted... hope he's still there!
He was there this past March when we went. Just a quick hint: if you're a veteran, or active duty, let them know - you get a substantial discount off the entrance fee! The regular adult fee is $28 - veterans get in for $12 - not bad! And plan on spending an entire day looking at all the exhibits - it's an amazing place.
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Louisiana's Culinary Trails. You gotta eat!
http://www.louisianatravel.com/sites...ary-Trials.pdf

Also highly recommend Chef Ron's Gumbo Stop in Metairie, outside NOLA on the way to the airport. It is in a strip mall, but don't let appearances keep you away. Some of the best restaurants in NOLA look like crap on the outside. But then, you're going going there for the architecture. Chef Ron's Gumbo Stop | Award Winning Gumbo & More

2X on Bayou Signet State Park (and the seafood market outside the entrance) & the WW II Museum.
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Thanks everyone for your help. On the way to Louisiana now! Woohoo!
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Old 01-16-2016, 05:42 PM   #21
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I told you the temps would change. 32° in Natchitoches tonight.
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Old 01-16-2016, 08:15 PM   #22
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Sounds like NC weather. If you don't like it wait a day or so - it'll change. Rain and thunder in New Orleans tonight. Low of 40. Beautiful days though.
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I'm getting in a little late to the conversation. It's almost required to see N.O. if going to LA....BUT, if possible try to get south to Lafayette or Houma for the true LA. Cajun experience. N.O. is expensive, but it should be visited at least once so you can say you were on Bourbon St., and you had beignet's at café DuMonde and saw Jackson Sq............ Laissez Les bon temps roulez!!!!
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I agree! We rode down Bourbon Street - Wow - and have walked through and around the French Quarter and Jackson Square. Unfortunately for my waist line we had beignets not only once but twice, once at Cafe du Monde. I'm still hoping to get to the French Market but today we are headed to Slidell for the only parade happening while we're in the New Orleans area. We still have a couple of more weeks in Louisiana although leaving New Orleans on Tuesday so we definitely see Lafayette and much more! Thanks for the tips.
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If you are going towards Natchez, there are several homes worth seeing there, also in st francisville.
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This is likely too late but we are in Breaux Bridge near Lafayette right now and really enjoying soaking up the culture and food from the heart of Acadiana. The food is excellent and many restaurants have bands, as well as the many dance halls.
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Yep. You are in the heart of acadiana. Seeing lots of high water? You are also in areas that are having minor to moderate flooding from the atchafalaya river. Natl guard has built hesco walls to hold it back. Most areas have crested so you should be able to get to most places with no trouble. Enjoy.
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Dont miss Bettys RV Park in Abbeville. Pure cajun

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