Posted on Jun 28, 2013 by
Our rental house in Austin is rented out for the SXSW Music Festival so we will leave Austin during that time. Last year we headed west to Big Bend, Marfa, Carlsbad, Santa Fe / Taos. This year we are thinking of spending a few days each in Houston for the museums and any other suggestions, Lafayette to visit our son, and to New Orleans. Yesterday I was talking to someone about this plan who grew up near New Orleans and had just been there the previous week, and she said to stay away from New Orleans, that it is unsafe and dirty. She said that the French Quarter is okay. We did see that the mayor, Ray Nagin, had just stopped funding street cleaning of the French Quartet which the article said smelled like vomit before the cleaning started!! We were in New Orleans about 20 years ago and loved it. We knew that it was unsafe then, but I am told that it is much worse now. Any suggestions for the trip to places we have not thought of, thoughts on New Orleans or anything else would be much appreciated!