|Fultron Street during Christmas Time|
There is a lot of time that goes into planning a good vacation. So the trip to New Orleans for Christmas was no exception. What gets tricky is what is open for Christmas Eve and Christmas. Luckily we picked the right spot to be for Christmas. After we were already there, the television news broadcast stated the city of New Orleans is the 2nd best place to be on Christmas. I'm not sure but I think San Antonio was listed as number one.
The great thing about having a small budget is we can stay at Hostels all over the world including the United States. I have not been to one yet but it is on my list of things to do. Most are super but there are a few that may not be suitable for children. $10 per person is the average price per night. Not only is it a bargain, most people only need a place to lay their head anyway. Not a place to leave valuables but a great place to meet others from all over the world and possibly make new friends for life.
Here is a link to the top ten Hostels in America:
So when I was planning the trip to New Orleans we planned a tour of two plantations. One was the Houmas House which I personally think is the best and highly recommend it to anyone who is planning on traveling to the area. The mansion has been bought by Dr. Kelly and he still lives in the house. As a result the house is in tip top shape. Living in a house always keeps it in better shape. There are no ropes keeping you away from the rooms, you are encouraged to sit on the furniture. An interactive plantation tour if you will. Our tour guide, Judy Whitney Davis must have been a former drama major as we were delighted with a performance as she sat down to play the old piano while singing a Christmas Carol. Wonderful!
|St. Louis Cathedral on the square|
I separate all situations into two categories: Professional and Unprofessional. The ones that turn into problems are always due to unprofessionalism. If an experience starts unprofessionally, it normally ends this way too. No exception in this case either....the rolls were burnt, the rice was set out in a cold bowl and thus cold, the meat was hard, and the leaves of lettuce were wilted in the salad.
|Two Masks: White Eyes Only and Full Face|
|Beignets and Hot Chocolate|
I wrote a handwritten letter to Nottaway Plantation telling them that I think due to the fact that we were told the house tour was included in the price of the dinner and we didn't get to tour the house through no fault of our own, that we felt we should get a partial refund. It's been four weeks, no response. This just confirms my theory...if the experience begins unprofessionally it will end this way too. Interestingly enough on the way to New Orleans we stopped at a Panera Bread. It was only after we had gotten fifteen miles away that I began eating my order and it was actually not what I had ordered. I wouldn't have been able to spot this as the order "looked" the same but it clearly tasted different. I wrote to the manager and received a $4 gift certificate for the next time I returned. The experience began professionally and ended professionally. What's right for me is that ONLY professional entities get my return business and my free positive advertising.
|“When the customer comes first, the company will last”|