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~~ September 2003~~  A long weekend in New Orleans

Cherie and I, along with Jim, Tina and Shirley visit the Crescent City over the last weekend in September.  The weather was nice and we spent a good deal of time taking in the sights and sounds of New Orleans and the surrounding countryside.  We've made quite a few trips to New Orleans, but this was the first time we visited some of the historical plantations west of the city.  As always, we ate way too much but made up for it with vigorous walks through the French Quarter and Garden District.  New Orleans is a fun and friendly town.

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The group (sans photographer) arriving at the motel.  This time we had to settle for accommodations outside of the quarter.
Shirley holding still for a snapshot in the Commander's Palace courtyard.  We never visit New Orleans without a stop at this tremendous eating establishment.  Great food!
A trip to the Lafayette cemetery was also in order.  This was a "first" for Shirley.  The rest of us are old cemetery dwellers.
The girls posing at one of our plantation visits.
Oak Alley Plantation, an old sugar cane plantation.  The live oaks along the path are over 300 years old.  A beautiful spot and host to several Hollywood productions, including "Interview with a Vampire"
Arno makes a friend at the "Laura Plantation".
Arno makes yet another friend on Bourbon Street!