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Free things to do in New Orleans – Stroll down Royal Street

Just steps away from the rowdiness of Bourbon Street is the more sedate Royal Street. Known as Rue Royale in French and Calle Real in Spanish, this historical street – lined with some of the city’s most photographed wrought-iron clad … Continue reading

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Things to do near New Orleans – Visit St. Joseph Plantation

For a look inside one of the lesser known antebellum homes along the Mississippi River Road, consider visiting St. Joseph Plantation. This working sugar plantation has an interesting history and, though the manor house is not as colorful or grandiose … Continue reading

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Things to do near New Orleans – Visit the Laura Plantation

If you’re looking for a really good historical tour of a Louisiana plantation home, Laura Plantation should be at the top of your list. Situated on the former Colapissa  settlement, where members of the tribe continued to live until 1915, Laura plantation … Continue reading

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Things to do near New Orleans – Visit the San Francisco Plantation House

If you’re interested in touring one of the more architecturally unique antebellum plantation homes near New Orleans, consider visiting San Francisco Plantation House. Following several periods of neglect and a number of restorations, the mansion – a National Historic Landmark since … Continue reading

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Things to do in New Orleans – Visit the Old Ursuline Convent

The Old Ursuline Convent is one of the most historically significant buildings in New Orleans. Established for the Sisters of the Order of Saint Ursula who arrived in New Orleans from Rouen, France in the 1720s, the walled complex consists … Continue reading

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Things to do in New Orleans – Visit the 1850 House

The Pontalba Apartments, built at the request of New Orleans native Micaela Almonester, Baroness de Pontalba  (if you look closely, you can see her initials in the intricate wrought iron balcony railings) stand at either side of Jackson Square and consist … Continue reading