After each trip, the LEAP Ambassadors break down their favorites from the experience. And so they did on the NOLA trip, with the following results.
1) Napoleon House: This is primarily a sandwich shop, and the students were very much impressed with the muffaletas.
2) Oceana: This is the most “Chilis” like of our New Orleans dining places, so it’s little wonder it was most liked by Makayla and Maggie. In fairness, it does have a solid and diverse menu, giving people a choice of diverse New Orleans food.
3) Elizabeth’s: Tied for second was Elizabeth’s, a truly original New Orleans joint, with praline bacon a highlight.
1. The Muffaleta: The New Orleans’ invention, the Muffaleta, wins the day!
- Ogden Museum of Southern Art: This museum was favored by Ryan and Ilexus.
- World War II Museum: This was actually tied for first place, with Makayla and Maggie naming it as their favorite. Interestingly, Makayla and Maggie most enjoyed the interactive exhibits. Ryan, on the other hand, thought it was better the last time he visited, when they had more artifacts and commentary, and fewer interactive aspects.
Favorite Art Pieces:
There wasn’t a lot of consensus on the art, but some standouts included:
- Benny Andrews: A black artist whose style was vaguely reminiscent of the Regionalists, with a strong emphasis on the African-American experience.
2. Courtney Egan: Virtual Idyllis
3. James Surls: And, of course, we always enjoy seeing James Surls’ work!
- There was a tie in the favorite activity department, with two students liking the Segway Tour…
…and two students most enjoying their scavenger hunt.
There was also general agreement that this was one of the most fun LEAP trips, with many interesting sites…