Three days in New Orleans

Why not visit the Big Easy in April, when the Mardi Gras crowds are gone and the best weather comes to town? Relax and stay connected worry-free while you enjoy the city’s famous jazz, soul food and culture.

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©istockphoto.com/Aprad Benedick

Now that our teenage kids are old enough to stay home alone, my husband and I are making an adults-only getaway to a city we’ve been yearning to see: New Orleans. This Louisiana landmark is famous for Mardi Gras, its huge street party in February or March, but there’s plenty to do year-round. Other popular events include the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and French Quarter Festival.

Day One

With only three days to explore, we focus on the city’s legendary neighbourhoods, music and cuisine. We’ll make the most of our time with help from Roam Like Home™, the affordable and worry-free roaming service for eligible post-paid Rogers customers. With Roam Like Home, we can use our smartphones like we do at home, for a daily flat rate when roaming ($5* in the U.S.). We can check directions and maps, book reservations, read reviews and connect with our kids, all without unpredictable roaming fees. (If you’re planning a longer trip, no worries: Rogers caps the charges to a maximum of 10 days per billing cycle, so if you travel for 14 days, you’ll still only be charged for 10 days.)

We start our rambling in the French Quarter, the city’s oldest neighbourhood (it dates back to 1718). At its heart is Jackson Square. Packed with beautiful gardens and historic buildings like the Cabildo, St. Louis Cathedral and the Presbytère, the square is a great spot for photos. We grab beignets and coffee at Café Du Monde before exploring Bourbon Street, known for its iconic hotels, restaurants and jazz bars.

With navigation help from Google Maps, we make it to Marigny, a vibrant neighbourhood with a bohemian vibe and a melting pot of architectural styles. After consulting TripAdvisor, we find Marigny Brasserie & Bar, where we enjoy fabulous crawfish fritters and gumbo to the rhythms of live jazz. Perfect!

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©istockphoto.com/joebrandt

Day Two

After catching up on emails and calling the kids (so easy with Roam Like Home), we head to the Central Business District and Warehouse District. Our first stop is The National WWII Museum, which offers an in-depth, often personal look at the American experience of the war. Up next is the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, which holds 4,000 works from Southern artists. It’s a treat for art lovers like us!

After an indulgent seafood lunch at Pêche Restaurant, we visit Tremé, America’s oldest African-American neighbourhood. We’ve booked a walking tour that includes Creole cottages, St. Augustine Church (with its “tomb of the unknown slave”) and Congo Square, a historical gathering place for slaves and free Blacks (and still a destination for voodoo rituals).

Dinner is soul food at Willie Mae’s Scotch House, where we can’t help texting the kids photos of the amazing fried chicken.

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©istockphoto.com/crackerclips

Day Three

We can’t go home without checking out the swamps around New Orleans. Using my smartphone and Roam Like Home (no need to pay for hotel Wi-Fi), we’ve reserved spots on a half-day tour at a protected wetland. We’re amazed at the wildlife we see up close from our boat: boars, turtles, alligators and even a bear – definitely Facebook-worthy!

We’re dropped off at our hotel at lunchtime. After devouring po’boy sandwiches from a nearby diner (highly recommended on Zomato.com), we shop at the lively French Market and The Shops on Canal Place. Then we head to Toulouse Street Wharf for a jazz dinner cruise on a grand old steamboat – booked last night with a quick call from my phone. It’s a delicious and romantic finale to our great escape.

Stay connected worry-free wherever your adventures take you: Roam Like Home helps you stay connected to people and things that matter. And now it’s available to even more Rogers customers. To check if you’re enrolled, text “travel” to 222. For more information, visit rogers.com/roamlikehome.

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