SO and I are looking forward to a looong weekend (starting Thursday, the 28th to December 3) in New Orleans. It's our first visit to the city.
What would be a good itinerary for this visit? Our interests include architecture and museums, blues music, nature (I've heard good things about the swamp tours, but is late Nov/early Dec a good time to be out in a swamp?) and food, of course.
Are there any things we should do, see, try that are NOT listed in guidebooks and popular websites? Also, will restaurants and music venues even be open on Thanksgiving Day?