New Orleans Journals

New Orleans - a little something for Everyone

A travel journal to New Orleans by AngelaM

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New Orleans - a little something for Everyone

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New Orleans has a style unlike any other US city that almost makes a visitor feel like they stepped into another country. From Mardi Gras and the Jazz Fest to just a nice long weekend trip, every visitor to this exciting city is sure to find something that will delight them.

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For the Partiers

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Unfortunately, not everyone can get to New Orleans for Mardi Gras during their lifetime. The good news is that on Bourbon Street (esp. on the weekends) parties continue year round. The first time I visited New Orleans I went about two weeks after Mardi Gras, feeling a bit disappointed as I flew down that I missed such a great party. I found upon arriving on Bourbon Street that evening that there were still lots of people out having fun. I felt I was really missing only two things: the enormous crowds (the street was still packed – just not the excessive level of a festival week) and the parades (which were worth making a trip back to see.) If you plan on toasting Bacchus while visiting ...Read More
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When I think of New Orleans I hear music - New Orleans style jazz specifically, making my memories of this city unlike any other. I simply can’t picture the city without the sound. Throughout the days (esp. on the weekends) visitors to the French Quarter are entertained by numerous street performers, and at night many bars offer a fantastic selection of live music. Preservation Hall is a definite must see. If you are a true jazz fan you should try to visit during late April – early May for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, but book you room early, hotels sell out well in advance for this event. Should you like to learn more about this city’s influence on music be su...Read More

For the Families

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New Orleans is not a city that would spring to most people’s mind when planning a family vacation. There are, however, a number of great child oriented attractions around the city. The Aquarium of the Americas – great for both kids and adults. My favorite section was the jellyfish. It’s also a nice way to take a break from the hot weather. Audubon Park and Zoo – A great zoo with everything from “amphibians to zebras.” Children’s Museum on Julia St. near Magazine St. A great interactive museum for kids, with lots of hands on learning. Riverboat cruises – The Cajun Queen Riverboat offers one hour narrated cruises departing in the afternoons from the Aquar...Read More

For those who want to see Dead People

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New Orleans is full of spooky places and things to do. From vampire and ghost stories to Voodoo here’s a short list of some of the top attractions: Anne Rice’s Halloween – A yearly gathering of devoted fans. If you like her books and love costume parties this is the event for you. (Tickets are available each year through ticketmaster.) St Louis Cemetery #1 – Hauntingly beautiful it’s the resting place of Marie Laveau – New Orleans’ Voodoo Queen. I would advise going with a group to this attraction for safety reasons The Voodoo Museum – A small museum hosting a historical variety of odd voodoo shrines and charms along with a gift shop. Walking Tours – The...Read More
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New Orleans has some of its loveliest homes in the Garden District. One of the nicest ways to get acquainted with this area is to take a trolley down St Charles Ave where you will see numerous beautiful old homes and landscaping.

After that I would suggest a stroll down Magazine St. where you will find over 80 antique and furniture shops along with over a dozen art galleries.

If that doesn’t satisfy your Martha Stewart needs, try one of the many historic home tours that are available.
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One of my favorite things to collect when I travel is local recipes. I think I may now own at least four cookbooks from New Orleans, but no matter how many times I try I just can’t seem to recreate the magic of the local chefs. From po’boys to crawfish etouffe - the food is amazing. This is definitely a city that knows how to cook. Here are a few of my favorites: The Court of Two Sisters – Very romantic courtyard sitting, excellent food (Creole). Crescent City Brew House – Great crawfish etouffe and alligator with very tasty beer to go with it. Café du Monde - open 24 hours, a great place any time of day, but esp. after hitting the bars for late night be...Read More