In New Orleans we went on a Alligator Swamp Tour ( where we saw wild alligators being fed from the boat.  In addition we got to hold one.  We also passed by Julia Brown’s tomb in Manchac Swamp.  She predicted the destruction of three towns by saying “One day I’m gonna die, and I’m gonna take all of you with me.”  Unfortunately this prediction turned out to be true when she died in 1915.

We also visited the National WWII Museum which was impressive.  We enjoyed the U-Boat and airplane exhibits as well as seeing a real enigma machine.  We stayed at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in the French Quarters which is located next to the famous Bourbon Street.  We ventured on Bourbon Street for a couple of blocks until it became clear that that’s not a place for kids.

Besides eating delicious Cajun food at every opportunity we visited the St. Joseph Plantation which is still a working sugar cane plantation owned and operated by the descendants of Joseph Waguespack, who purchased the home in 1877.  Originally built in 1830, the 12,000-square-foot antebellum plantation was constructed in a Raised Creole style that predates some of the nearby plantations which are Greek Revival style.  Of course there are no slaves working there anymore.  However, our sons found it intriguing to see how slaves were housed and how they were treated.  In some ways they could not believe that slavery occurred but there it was, undeniable evidence that it did happen.  That left an impression on them.