Me (46), my daughter (25) took my mother to NO for her 75th BD in November and I just realized I didn’t post a trip report to let you folks know how helpful all your advise was. It was actually so helpful, my mother was amazed at how I knew exactly where everything was We were able to do so much with such little time, but yet never felt rushed. We arrived in NOLA on Nov 9th at 8:38 am and took a Taxi to the Wyndham Ave Plaza Hotel on St. Charles. The cab ride was $50.00 for the 3 of us including tip. We had planned to have the Hotel store our luggage since check in wasn’t until that afternoon; however, the young lady at the front desk promptly checked us in. The room was a lovely 1 bedroom suite with a pull out sofa, eating area and a small but full sized kitchen with stove, microwave and refrigerator. The bed was super comfy as was the sofa bed.
We quickly freshened up and made our way down to the St. Charles Streetcar stop and bought a Jazz Pass and took the bus to Canal St. We went to the Camellia Grill’s new location in the French Quarter and enjoyed a nice warm breakfast all for under $30.00 for the 3 of us. Then it was time to sight see. We strolled along the riverfront through Woldenberg Park , shared our first Hurricane and made our way to the Algiers ferry for a free ride. Then, since Mom has never been into a casino, we stopped in for a peek. I put 10 dollars in a .25 machine and after a few tries she won $78! She was so excited and we were so thrilled for her. We promptly collected her winnings and went to the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas which we all enjoyed very much. We made our way back to Jackson Square and took a carriage ride. Our guide was great! He made us laugh while giving us an awesome history lesson. I believe with tip, it came to $50.00. We then went into the St. Louis Cathedral, walked around the French Market, ate beignets at Café Du Monde and enjoyed browsing the shops and listening to the street performers. For dinner, we had planned to take my mother to Muriel’s, Court of Two Sisters or Commander’s Palace; however, she has a very simple taste in food and nothing on their menus looked appetizing (although I’m almost certain she was looking more at the prices-she hates to see us spend too much money on her). She loves the movie Forrest Gump so she finally settled for Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. I know it’s not the way to experience great Cajun cuisine, but she enjoyed it and that’s all that matters We continued to walk around enjoying the vibrant atmosphere and music on Bourbon St and finally made our way back to our Hotel around 8ish. We popped some popcorn, watched an episode of CSI and promptly fell asleep.
The following morning we took the bus in the opposite direction to go to the original Camellia Grill at South Carrollton Ave where everyone sang Happy Birthday to Mom – making her feel like Queen for the Day We took the Street Car heading back, admiring the beautiful homes in the Garden District and wishing we could stay all day at Audubon Park. We visited the WWII DDay Museum and spent a good while in the museum and viewing the Hanks production, Beyond All Boundaries which was terrific. Since my Uncle was killed on D-Day this was an especially moving experience for us all. We left the museum and leisurely made our way to Port of Call for a late lunch. OMG! Although I knew there would be a long wait, I didn’t expect it to be well over an hour. Although the smells told us it would be worth the wait, we didn’t want to chance being delayed so we made our way back to Canal Street to hop on a bus going back to the Hotel. We stored our luggage and the young man gave us a coupon for a free dessert for Copeland’s Cheesecake Bistro down the street so we decided to try it. The service was extremely slow, but they had a variety of dishes and we all found something we enjoyed. Our cab arrived at 4 and took us back to the airport for our 6:30 flight home. Again, I want to say a great Big Thank you to everyone who contributes to these forums. Your advice is truly invaluable. I hope to return to your beautiful city with hubby and enjoy the real Cajun cuisine. Thanks again!