New Orleans Journals

The Big Easy Jazz Fest

An April 2003 trip to New Orleans by ReviewTravels.com

Quote: Spring Break in the Big Easy during the Jazz Festival . . . this town calls any Tuesday a great day to celebrate, but this was a fantastic week!

The Big Easy Jazz Fest

Overview

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Bourbon Street is a highlight in and of itself. We spent most evenings here as it is lined with bars belting out music of all persuasions. Eyes wide open we had a blast! This town is not for those with inhibitions, judgemental swaggers or the faint at heart. I drank more in the past week than I usually consume in two months! We went on the haunted history ghost tour and took a cajun cooking class. Both of these had bars / beer as part of the scene...everything in New Orleans seems to revolve around drinking.Quick Tips: This is not a town for children. Find a babysitter, relative or friend as it's an ADULT playground! Be careful not to wander off main tourist routes, some areas seemed ...Read More

Holiday Inn French Quarter

Hotel | "Holiday Inn on Royal"

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We booked the Holiday Inn through expedia.com and got a great deal at about $75 a night!

The location on the edge of the French Quarter was very nice. We walked to casinos, the riverfront area, cafés, restaurants, night life -- you name it!

The room was large with a nice desk to work on when needed, a large comfortable king bed, and a couch.

The staff was nice too.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 27, 2003

Holiday Inn French Quarter
124 Royal Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
(504) 529-7211

Cafe Giovanni

Restaurant

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This place is fantastic! It was a bit pricy for our usual fare, but definitely worth it for a special night out. Treat yourself to a special meal while in New Orleans. The seafood, sides, pastas, and shrimp were to die for . . . wonderful sauces and specials. Bon Appétit!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 27, 2003

Cafe Giovanni
117 Decatur St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
+1 504 529 2154

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Going to the New Orleans School of Cooking was a great treat! Chef Kevin was hilarious. We had a great time learning how to make Andoille Sausage Gumbo, Jambalaya, Bread Pudding and Pralines. Mmmmm . . . a feast! We took the Open Lunch option. Reservations are necessary. We arrived at 10am and enjoyed the entertainment and the knowledge of our chef. Then the beer arrived and the lunch was to die for . . . wonderful and all-inclusive, it made my taste buds dance!! You will not regret this great option -- better than any walking tour we encountered! It lasted until 1pm and was packed with fun. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 27, 2003

New Orleans School of Cooking
524 St. Louis Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
(504) 525-2665