New Orleans, Oak Alley and Laura Plantation and a Swamp Tour

The second half of the New Orleans trip was awesome. My Mom and I spent five nights and had a grand time.

On Monday, we decided to head out to a couple of plantations. We started with Oak Alley, which is famous … because folks, it’s where Hope and Bo got married in 1985 on Days of Our Lives. To commemorate the vast import of that historical event, Mom and I watched that footage on YouTube as we sat in the cafeteria on my iPhone.

Oak Alley has 28 Live Oaks out front, and it makes a lovely entry to the old home:

Oak Alley from River Road

We had a mint julep on the veranda. Here I am enjoying mine:

Mint Julip

And lastly, here’s my Mom and I out in front. Mom, I hope you don’t mind making your blog debut here…

In front of Oak Alley

Next, we drove just down the street to Laura Plantation. Laura is a Creole Plantation, and it had bright colors and a lively feel. I told my Mom that I was clearly of Creole decent because I loved how everything looked.

Here’s the front of the house:


And the backyard, check out the sky!

Off the back of Laura Plantation

The next day we went on a swamp tour. It was pretty cool – the best part was the very end, when we came upon Brutus. Brutus is a 15 1/2 foot, 35 year old alligator. He was actually very nice, and loved eating hot dogs and marshmallows. Check him out…