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The Music, The Food, The History
April 15-22, 2023
SUNDAY, MAY 21st
NEW ORLEANS (NOLA) - Paradise for anyone who loves jazz & blues, gumbo & jambalaya, and history dating back to the late 1600's. Founded by the French, taken over by the Spanish in 1763, regained by the French until it was sold to the United States as part of the Louisiana purchase in 1803. During our week-long stay, we'll be hearing great music, eating fabulous food, hearing great music, learning about the history and culture of this amazing city, and hearing great music! (Can you tell I love music?)
A few details
Limited to just 6 women! The beauty of small-group travel is that our itinerary is somewhat flexible.
Lodging - As with all KWT trips, we will be staying in a local home, not a hotel. This gives us a chance to really get to know each other. Friendships are made and reunions are often requested after returning home from the trip.
NO MARK-UP for single occupancy, but single rooms are available on a "first come/first served" basis.
Meals - The kitchen will be stocked with breakfast foods catered to your preferences. For lunches and most dinners we will be eating out so you can order from the menu - no dining from a limited menu! (Most meals are included in the cost of the trip.)
Activity level for this trip: You must be able to carry your own luggage, climb stairs, able to complete a 2- hour walking tour. (Women with mobility issues should consult their physicians.)
SATURDAY, April 15th
The trip begins the afternoon of May 21st, greeting each other at the airport in Louisiana. We'll check into our home for the week (see more info about the house), where we will relax after our trip. Following an early dinner out, we'll head out on the town for a 3-hour live-music tour on Frenchman Street. Our guide, a local jazz musician, will tell us about the musical history of New Orleans. At each venue, we will take the time to listen and dance to live bands!
SUNDAY, April 16th
Today we are lucky enough to be able to attend the annual French Quarter Festival! More than 20 stages throughout the French Quarter celebrate local music and represent every genre from traditional and contemporary jazz to R&B, New Orleans funk, brass bands, folk, gospel, Latin, Zydeco, classical, cabaret, and international. This promises to be a great day!
MONDAY, April 17th
You'll have some free time in the morning to relax or explore. After lunch, we will get together with our private tour guide again who will share his knowledge about the history, culture, and music of New Orleans. You will gain a behind-the-scenes look at the sights, sounds, and tastes of the Big Easy. Dinner will be at Mulates, the well known restaurant with cajun food, music and dancing.
TUESDAY, April 18th
New Orleans is known for its unique local cuisine that combines Creole and Cajun influences. We'll have the opportunity to watch a local chef prepare (and share) some traditional recipes. We'll then spend the afternoon at the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA), which houses one of the largest art collections in the south.
WEDNESDAY, April 19th
Today is a free to day to go out to do whatever is on your bucket list. Swamp tour? Plantation tour? You can go off on your own, or stay together as a group. The choice is yours.
THURSDAY, April 20th
We'll start the day with a new tour guide, one of the
former Mardi Gras / Second Line "Kings of "TREME". This "Neighborhood Jam Van Music Experience" will teach us about the unique history of the Treme and Lake Pontchartrain neighborhoods. After lunch, we'll visit the New Orleans Mardi Gras Museum.
FRIDAY, April 21st
This morning will be a treat as we enjoy a relaxing jazz brunch at The Court of Two Sisters. In the afternoon, we'll check out StudioBE, the home to local artist, Brandan 'Bmike' Odums' first solo project. The visual art housed in this warehouse depicts the stories of revolutionaries, heroes and everyday New Orleanians. We'll also pop into Jamnola (Joy, Art & Music – New Orleans), a museum whose mission is to "help offset the negativity that exists in the world around us by investing in New Orleans' cultural community to create more opportunities for Joy and prosperity through Art and Music".
SATURDAY, April 22nd
Sadly, our trip comes to an end, but new friendships have been made and we know a lot more about the history of New Orleans than when we arrived. We've had our fill of wonderful food and great music, but perhaps someday we'll return. Safe travels!
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