|Lisa, the New Orleans premier Tour Guide arrived Wed. evening. Early Thur. morning our whirlwind tour of the New Orleans area began. In the small town of Vacherie along the Great River Road we found one of the grandest plantation homes, Oak Alley. A quarter mile “allee” of 28 evenly spaced oak trees were planted in the 1700’s by a fur trader. The oaks almost reached the river. The riverboat captains and traders could easily find the traders cabin marked by the trees. In 1839, a wealthy Creole sugar cane planter bought the property and built the spectacular mansion for his bride. It has been featured in Gone with the Wind and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. In southern tradition, we enjoyed a cool Mint Julep.