There was a big race in town that day, and the tour director didn't seem to have a Plan B for where to go. We basically ran the tour "backwards", though we had to skip several stops. Then the bus started to have problems. The engine was overheating and kept dying. The driver could not get any assistance from his headquarters, so he had to limp to our final destination, running about two blocks at a time. Not much fun.
Although there was a marathon taking place that morning in the French Quarter, our guide gave us a great view and history of much of the city. Our driver was great and we are glad that we took the time to see some of New Orleans before our flight.
Sunday before the cruise we bought all day trolley passes for $3.00 each. We traveled each trolley line from beginning to end. Took the time to get off and walk around different parks. Grab a bite at a local place on the line. Went to the Art museum, went to a cemetery, explored the market down by the river. had a fantastic day. ,
The city tour took us around and we saw the places affected by Katrina (hurricane a few years ago), the cemetary, Skydrome and different neighborhood. OK, but would have rather done the hop on hop off bus.
Great overview of the city and it's history (good and bad).
Plus, it will take you to the airport if you have an afternoon flight.
I was surprised how much I learned about the "cities of the dead", the Hurricane Katrina disaster and how the city is slowly getting back to "normal".
Delightful city resident who knew and loved her city. She navigated us through the million dollar homes to the Katrina evidence to the city sites. It was my first trip there and she gave me respect for the unique residents of the city. I have a much better understanding of the city. Having gone to the museum in Baton Rouge earlier, it was a great pairing to combine the historic past with the Mississippi River's past and future. It is more than what you get from media, even those who were born and raised there. She gave you the viewpoints of residents of New Orleans who call it home.
We had just finished wandering through the French Market, and were heading to lunch, when we stopped to talk to one of the NOLA visitor center guides. He told us about the New Orleans City Tour, and we decided to take it, but while we did get to go to a cemetery, it was closing for the day, by the time we got to the Garden District, it was getting dark. Our guide was from New Orleans and I think we more than likely spent time driving around his neighborhood. We spent a lot of time seeing shotgun houses, but for anyone who lives in the south, these are a not a hot item. We did have one stop at the city park, which was beautiful, but because we had no map, we had no reference to where we were. Next time, we will go to the Museum of Art and the botanical gardens, go back to the WWII museum and the Civil War museum. I guess though that we wouldn't have known about some of the things to do, unless we had taken the tour. Looks like another trip to New Orleans will be in our future.
We did a three hour Southern company tour of NOLA. Nice tour that highlighted not only the sights, but went into the history and music of NOLA. We had only 6 people on the bus...sort of like a private tour.
We had a LATE flight out, so 2 of us took the Past, Present, Future bus tour. Our driver was EXCELLENT, and the guide was also fantastic ! We learned a lot, we know we want to return to New Orleans. We wished it was longer !
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