An Unforgettable Week in New Orleans

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An Unforgettable Week in New Orleans

"Come back, and come often."

My husband and I just returned from a wonderful week in New Orleans. We enjoyed walking through the city and admiring the beautiful homes.
Curious to see some of NOLA's great buildings for yourself? Try these books about New Orleans architecture: 

New Orleans Style Past and Present
New Orleans, a Pictorial History
A Pattern Book of New Orleans Architecture
Plantations and Historic Homes of New Orleans

We ate some of the best food we've ever tasted: gumbo, crawfish, beignets, callas, boudin, fried chicken, red beans and rice, and poboys.
If you'd like to try your hand at New Orleans cuisine, try these cookbooks:

My New Orleans, the Cookbook
Galatoire's Cookbook
Treme:Stories and Recipes from the Heart of New Orleans

Tom Fitzmorris's Hungry Town: A Culinary History of New Orleans, the City Where Food is Almost Everything

The live music was amazing: we danced to funk, jazz and bounce.
Shake your groove thing to these great music recordings: 

New Orleans Party Classics 
New Orleans (Kermit Ruffins)
Treme Season 1: Music from the HBO Original Series

Allen Toussaint
New Orleans Mardi Gras Music Explosion

The citizens of New Orleans were warm and welcoming, telling us that they were glad that we were able to experience all the delights that their city has to offer.
If you'd like an insider's look into life in New Orleans, you need to read these books:

Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas
We Shall Not be Moved: Rebuilding Home in the Wake of Katrina

Sustaining New Orleans: Literature, Local Memory and the Fate of a City

We were told to "come back, and come often." We surely will! If you haven't been to New Orleans, you should plan to visit this extraordinary place.