New Orleans Journals

Fun Time in New Orleans - No matter what your age!

A January 2003 trip to New Orleans by RickNColeen

Quote: New Orleans is the place to go anytime of the year, at any age! Even without The Mardi gras, Jazz Festival, or other entertainment, The French Quarter is exciting at 8:00 a.m. when you can waltz along in quiet, or at midnight when the streets come alive with entertainment and fun!

Banana Tree Courtyard B&B￿

Hotel | "Banana Tree Courtyard B&B"

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The Banana Courtyard is a B and B on the corner at the beginning of the French Quarter. The rooms are not small and host a TV, larger beds, a couch, and chair and dressers for your clothing. The B and B is run by a couple, one is mildly disabled and the wife is energetic and fun. These two will assist you in any endeavor you wish to partake in the NO area as they are anxious to make you feel comfortable in the French Quarter. They have rooms on ground level where you must share a bathroom, or in the second floor suites, where you have a bathroom all to yourself. The small coffee pot and refrigerator are there for you to use on the second floor, or you are to make yourself at home in the dining room. T...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 27, 2003

Banana Tree Courtyard B&B￿
Esplanade at the Beginning of the French Quarter
New Orleans, Louisiana

Commander's Palace

Restaurant

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Our anniversary was spent at this elegant establishment. The restaurant opens at 6:30 p.m. The restaurant lobby is filled with guests at 6:00 p.m., but you must wait until they "open" before you are escorted to your table. The setting of the tables and the starch white table cloths with elegant excessories cause a mood of intimacy.The selection ranges from local, exquisite dishes to American, with prices ranging from $40 for an excellently prepared, mouth-watering steak dinner to $120 for seafood. The wine list is a worldly list of wines ranging from $27 to $1400 per bottle. The staff are experts in their profession and treat you like royalty, whether you spend a fortune or not. Each dish is maste...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 27, 2003

Commander's Palace
1403 Washington Ave
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
+1 504 899 8221

Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville

Restaurant | "Margaritaville"

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This restaurant is set up with a bar on one side and dining on the other. It is decorated for the bar scene with tables strewn here and there. The food is acceptable, but the atmosphere is there for someone who doesn't want to pay attention. The service from your wait person seemed like a bother to them, and you are only a time-crunch customer in their way.The food is a mixture of Mexican and American and doesn't really cater to the local foods very much. The portions are acceptable, but if you want another drink or your check and haven't a lot of time, it is not suggested you venture into this restaurant. The live band located in the bar side can be heard, but is not of the quality you would exp...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on January 27, 2003

Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville
1104 Decatur Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
(504) 592-2565

Natchez Steamboat

Attraction | "Mississippi Cruise on the Natchez"

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The mighty Mississippi can be seen from the Natchez for a relaxing but interesting two hour cruise from the French Quarter any time of the year. But if you attempt it in January, bring your mittens and a snug hat with your warmest winter coat for the trip.The view is astounding and the cruise worth your time. Not only do you get to watch the barges and see battleships, but you get a panoramic picture of New Orleans and you are told a lot of history to include the battle fields and the French Quarter settlement. The view of Algiers and the river itself is not to be missed.The cruise offers a dinner at an extra price and you can go below deck to see the paddle wheels and all the machinery it t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 27, 2003

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

French Quarter Nightlife

Attraction | "Anything in the French Quarter"

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From what we saw of the French Quarter it is not a "dirty or dangerous" place. At 8:00 a.m. every morning, we watched the store owners and others power spray the entire French Quarter down, including streets and sidewalks. The place was a quiet and entertaining morning walk. But at night, the place is more than mildly entertaining and fun. You can partake of the entertainment ranging from so-so to excellent jazz, rock-n-roll, blues, and rap in any given area of Bourbon Street. At age 50+, we felt safe and enjoyed ourselves without harassment from others.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 27, 2003

French Quarter Nightlife
French Quarter
New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orlean Tours Swamp Tour

Attraction | "Swamp Tour"

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In January, the alligators are hibernating so, while the swamps tours are still running, you will probably not see an alligator. But the trip is still worth your money in that you are in the swamps!! The trip from the French Quarter is accommodated by a driver who will pick you up at your hotel or B&B and drive you to the swamps. You have a choice of just doing the swamp tour or doubling it up with a trip to a plantation home or graveyard tour. Who wants to see a graveyard? In New Orleans, you want to tour the graveyards, which are filled with history (of course) and everyone buried there lies in above-ground tombs because New Orleans is below sea level. The swamp tours and planta...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 27, 2003

New Orlean Tours Swamp Tour
233 N. Peters
New Orleans, Louisiana

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Even though we have become partial to staying in condos with RCI and our timeshare, the chance to stay at a B and B on the French Quarter is a memory you will tell over and over. The French Market and Bourbon Street are not to be missed, either at Mardi Gras or any other time. We arrived at our B and B by taxi, afforded by the B and B owners telling us to call them when we got to the airport. They have particular drivers who deliver you to their establishment. You must pay the taxi toll of approximately $27. Upon arrival at the Banana Tree Courtyard B and B, you will be given a short tour down Esplanade and told where and where not to go and during what times is best. The lady of t...Read More