As most of you know we've travelled to Nola often and have done most if the big tourist things. The thing is, we have a 16 yr old exchange student from Milan, Italy coming to visit in a few weeks and we want to bring him to New Orleans for a few days. Well be leaving Houston very early on a Wednesday and drivi h over for a few days. We've got Rock N Bowl reserved for Thurs zydeco night and we plan on doing a carriage your, Preservation Hall, WW2 movie and museum, cemetery tour and the obligatory FOOD tour of Nola! Tim and I have stopped in La Place in the way out of town and taken our kids on the swamp tour there and they quite enjoyed it, but we were thinking about breaking up the long trip on the way over with a swamp your and lunch out in Cajun country. Where would y'all suggest we stop for this? Lafayette near the basin, Beaux Bridge, or just drive thru to Nola area? On the way back to Houston we are going to do the plantations and lunch at The Cabin I think. I really want a great, fun, or I tethering lunch option for the drive over, and suggestions on a good swamp tour. Also please let me know if you think the tours in Cajun country are better or worse than the Nola area tours. U just thought breaking up the trip and going with a less commercial tour may be a good plan. Also if anyone thinks of anything else we should do with the Italian student in Nola that I've forgot about please chime in! It'll just be my Husband and I with our oldest son 14 and the Italian student, a 16 yr old boy.