Returning to N’awlins was like returning to visit a new friend. You are not quite sure you have enough left to carry another visit but somehow you know there’s lots left that you still don’t know about them.

After disembarking the cruise, it felt like some walking was needed and where better to do that than at an Outlet Mall of which there are many spread across the USA. Some steps were soon added to our pedometer however we were light on in the shopping bags department!

A trip to New Orleans cannot be complete without visiting Cafe du Monde, a cafe in the French Market that simply serves coffee and beignets, which are French doughnuts that are covered in icing sugar. The place is always packed and whether they are worth the wait is still debatable.

Our new digs for the night was at the historic Cornstalk Hotel on Royal Street. We had seen walking tours stop in front of this place and spend time talking about it. We had seen other individuals stop and take photos of the place. Liz Taylor, Richard Burton, the Clintons, Paul Newman and Elvis had even been previous guests at the Cornstalk! We were pretty chuffed to be staying there. A word of warning. Looks can be deceiving. Now we are pretty sure that there are many nice rooms in this hotel, just not the one we stayed in- Room 216!

Revisiting New Orleans, we thought we would venture into a new area of town- Magazine Street in the Garden District. What a surprise in discovering this new part of town. It was kinda like a Lygon Street, with a mixture of speciality shops, residential properties and eateries. Mr X soon found a restaurant called ‘Red Dog Diner’ so if one has a red dog tattoo, that was the choice made and it was an excellent choice.

Completing our trip to Louisiana, we chose to take a Plantations’ Tour, visiting 2 southern residences, both very different. One was a sugar cane plantation that once had 129 slaves attached to it. To hear the plight of those people pre- civil war was a valuable history lesson.

The second establishment was Creole Plantation which again illustrated life pre and post Civil War.