Do not leave New Orleans without seeing a plantation. Destrehan is manageable in a 1-3 hour tour window. The staff are extremely pleasant and the docent tour guides are outstanding. "Frank", in period costume, greeted us in French and gave us an absolutely tour-de-force explanation of why Louisiana is so utterly different than any other state in the Union. Frank didn't sugar coat (no pun intended) the history of both the plantation and the larger society of that time, built as it was on well-understood social class divisions and slave labor. This plantation is in easy reach of both the airport and downtown NOLA; we took Lyft out and back and had no trouble
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