Trip Start Jul 31, 2004
1Trip End Aug 07, 2004
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I also did independent visits to the old mint, the French Quarter, the aquarium, Cafe du Monde, and the Ripley's Believe-it-or-not Museum.
New Orleans is an incredibly diverse and lively city. The cemeteries and colonial architecture are really spectacular and unlike anything else in America. You can really see the combined French and Spanish influence, as well as the necessary adjustments to the city's unique geography (e.g., above ground crypts).
I probably enjoyed the aquarium and the swamp tour the most, but it was all a great experience.