New Orleans Journals

Diversity Rules in the Big Easy

A July 1999 trip to New Orleans by Barber E. Lane

Quote: The charm of New Orleans is apparent at every turn. The town is so diverse that in a week's time we were able to take in the historic and always rauckus French Quarter, learn to make pralines and jambolya at a cooking school, explore Honey Swamp and feed alligators marshmallows, and tour antibellum mansions along the River Road, all within 30 minutes of your resort.

Diversity Rules in the Big Easy

Overview

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The Swamp Tour conducted by a retired botanists is superb. You are within touching distance of alligators, some very large, that come up to the boat to eat the marshmallows tossed to them. A Cajun cooking school in downtown French Quarter was a highlight for both male and female and best of all, we got to eat the goodies. Quick Tips: If staying in the Garden District, be sure to take a self-guided tour of the many beautiful and historic mansions within a several block area. The paddlewheel boat leaving from the dock in the French Quarter is a leisurely way to view the Missippi River and learn about it's historic shore buildings. Best Way To Get Around: The trolley/cable cars rou...Read More

Equivest Avenue Plaza & Pro Spa

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Hotel | "Equivest Avenue Plaza & Pro Spa"

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Best Things Nearby:Everything that you go to New Orleans to see and do is within 30 minutes of this timeshare. It is located in the Garden District and the historic streetcars run down St. Charles Avenue, a main thoroughfare connecting the French Quarter, downtown, Garden Distict, and the shores of the Mississippi, right in front of the timeshare/hotel. You are out of the noise and hustle and bustle of the French Quarter's 24 hour days but still within about a 20 minute streetcar ride, which is very enjoyable. You can take a leisurely stroll on your own to tour the Garden District and the beautiful restored and not restored antebellum mansions. Best Things About the Resort:The...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 14, 2003

Equivest Avenue Plaza & Pro Spa
2111 St. Charles Ave.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
504/566-1212

Mr. John's Steak and Seafood

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Restaurant

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Mr. John's Steak and Seafood Restaurant is located off the lobby of the Avenue Plaza and Spa Hotel where we stayed in a timeshare condo. We saw it at check-in time and didn't give it a second thought, figureing it was just another hotel restaurant - nothing special. After spending several days in the French Quarter and eating at several small French establishements, we decided to stay in for the night and just get a bite at the restaurant downstairs. It was about 8:00 p.m. and we and one other couple were the only ones in the restaurant. Live piano music entertained us. Not only was that first night's meal memorable, but we ate most of our meals there the rest of the week. It was as good as ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 15, 2003

Mr. John's Steak and Seafood
2111 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
(504) 566-1212

The Garden District

Attraction | "A Stroll in The Garden District"

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Three words are used to describe the Garden District: elegant, lavish, and historic. There are several tour companies that conduct tours of the Garden District in New Orleans, but our timeshare was located there so we grabbed our map and set off on our own. It is not a huge area and you can do justice to seeing most of the sights on foot within a couple of hours.The Garden District has an eerie, lush, almost tropical feel to it. You can definitely feel like you are in the Gone With the Wind movie as you walk the narrow, uneven sidewalks. The sidewalks are very old and the roots of the huge old trees have upended many of the blocks.The day we walked in this area, we did not see another...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 14, 2003

The Garden District
St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, Louisiana

Dr. Wagner's Honey Island Swamp

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Attraction | "Dr. Wagner's Honey Island Swamp Tour"

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There are several swamp tours within 45 minutes of the French Quarter. We decided on Dr. Wagner's due to his credentials. We made the right choice. Dr. Wagner, himself, conducted our tour as he has been since 1982. It was a very hot muggy July day when we ventured out of our air-conditioned condo to track around the swamps in search of alligators. Were we crazy or what! The boat we boarded held about 12 people and was covered. Some of their tours are on uncovered boats. While this might not seem to be a big deal, in the 100 degree hot sun it made sense to us. Honey Island got its name from the honeybees seen on the island. We didn't see any ourselves. This swamp is almost a pristine wildern...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 14, 2003

Dr. Wagner's Honey Island Swamp
41490 Crawford Landing Rd
New Orleans, Louisiana 70458
985/641-1769.

Natchez Steamboat

Attraction | "Riverboat Jazz Cruise"

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There's something about the idea of cruising down the Mississippi River on an authentic sternwheel steamboat that takes us back to days of a gentler world. We too succumbed to this notion and bit the bullet and shelled out $25 each for a ride on the Steamboata Natchez. It leaves from the center of the French Quarter and is a two hour experience. Upon arriving for our reserved time of sailing, we were immediately thrust into the 20th century as we lined up in roped off lines awaiting our unrequested photo before boarding. The romance and beauty of a bygone era was nowhere to be found as noisy, pushy throngs stampeded each other to get that all prized "best" seat on the boat. Once seated th...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on January 15, 2003

Natchez Steamboat
2 Canal St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
504) 586-8777