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Business and shopping trips to New Orleans


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In the days before online shopping, many families within reasonable driving distance made annual or semi-annual shopping trips to downtown New Orleans. When I was a kid, I remember going with my parents to several large department stores in or near the central business district including D. H. Holmes and Maison Blanche. Most of these were day trips from New Iberia to New Orleans combined with visits to relatives who lived in Thibodaux (approximately 60 miles from New Orleans).

New Orleans was also a popular location for annual conventions. These conventions typically lasted several days. The places I remember staying at (when I was a kid) are: Jung Hotel, Monteleone Hotel, and Tamanaca Downtown Motel. I also remember visiting the 33-storey International Trade Mart building at least once. It has since been repurposed with the new name, Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences New Orleans.

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