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New Orleans and the French Quarter

A May 2004 trip to New Orleans by Jerryaub

Johnnys PO - Boys Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana More Photos
Quote: While staying a week at my exchanged timeshare, in the French Quarter, I was able to take in a lot of New Orleans.

New Orleans and the French Quarter

Overview

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The food was great! We took a lot of tours of plantations, a steam paddle boat, swamps, and cities. They were all worth the money. We also took a carriage ride around the French Quarter and that was a lot of fun.Quick Tips: I bought an Entertainment book online for . It saved me over on Grey Line Tours and restaurants. Don't rent a car if you're staying in the French Quarter because you can get around better on streetcars. Plus there's no parking and if you do find parking, you have to pay.Best Way To Get Around: Driving is not a good idea in the French Quarter. The streets are narrow and parking spots are rare and you have to pay. We used streetcars, which cost .25 a ride or ...Read More

Johnny's PO - Boys

Restaurant | "Johnny's Po Boy"

Johnny's PO - Boys Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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This place serves great food. It was set up like a deli, with hot food and tables. The prices were very good. We got breakfast muffins with egg and ham, my favorite. The deli meat looked good too.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 31, 2004

Johnny's PO - Boys
511 Saint Louis St. (French Quarter)
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
(504) 524-8129

The Alpine Restaurant Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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I got the BBQ shrimp and Linda got pecan fish. The BBQ shrimp was messy (you had to peel the shrimp yourself), but well worth it. Everything on the plate was excellent.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 31, 2004

The Alpine Restaurant
620 Chartres Stret
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
504-523-3005

Oceana Grill

Restaurant | "Oceana"

Oceana Grill Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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We ate twice here. I got the blackened catfish and Linda got crawfish pasta. Both are great dishes. This is also a sister restaurant to The Alpine.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 31, 2004

Oceana Grill
739 Conti Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
(504) 525-6002

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This place is right on the corner by Jackson Square. The food was good and the prices weren't bad. We liked the food and the service was good.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 31, 2004

Corner Oyster Bar and Grill
500 Saint Peter Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116

Cafe Gumbolaya

Restaurant | "Cafe Gumbo Laya"

Cafe Gumbolaya Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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We ate twice here. The blackened catfish dinner was great! This place is by the French Market. They have daily specials, which are marked down from menu prices.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 31, 2004

Cafe Gumbolaya
1000 North Peters St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
(504) 523-7418

House of Blues New Orleans

Restaurant | "House of Blues"

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Going to a "House A Blues" is always fun and they have great food. This one was no different. We weren't real hungry, so we ordered appetizers. We got catfish nuggets and shrimp. Both were great.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 31, 2004

House of Blues New Orleans
225 Decatur Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
(504) 529-2624

Evergreen Plantation Tours

Attraction | "Plantation Tour"

Evergreen Plantation Tours Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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We got such good information from our tour guides that it was almost like stepping back in time. We learned how people live there now and in the past. We didn't have to worry about driving. The bus driver gave us info on the way out. You get to tour two plantations, Oak Alley and Laura, and drive by four others.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 31, 2004

Evergreen Plantation Tours
233 N. Peters
New Orleans, Louisiana

Paddle & Wheel Tour

Attraction | "Paddle & Wheel Tour"

Paddle & Wheel Tour Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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You get two tours: a bus tour and a paddle boat tour. You don't have to do them on the same day, but we did. Linda and enjoyed the paddle boat ride down the Mississippi -- very relaxing. You walk around the boat, engine room, and dining area. They do serve food, but we didn't eat there. The bus ride had good information and it helped us learn our way around.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 31, 2004

Paddle & Wheel Tour
Lighthouse
New Orleans, Louisiana

Swamp and Bayou Tour Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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Learn about the swamp, the history, what goes on there, and what has changed. You take a bus ride to the swamp and then get on a boat. The tour guide gives good information and you get to feel what it's like to be in the swamp, even see animals.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 31, 2004

Swamp and Bayou Tour
Lighthouse
New Orleans, Louisiana

Carriage Ride

Attraction

Carriage Ride Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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For $10 each, we got a ride around the French Quarter in a horse-drawn buggy. We did it at about 6:30pm; the weather had cooled off and it was really relaxing. We got to see a lot of sights. Linda and I enjoyed this very much.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 31, 2004

Carriage Ride
Jackson Square
New Orleans, Louisiana

St. Charles Streetcar

Attraction | "Streetcars"

St. Charles Streetcar Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
Quote:
I really like the streetcars; they were the best way of getting around for $1.25 per ride or $5 for all day. Make sure you have the right change. We used the riverwalk streetcar a lot since it was by our timeshare. We took a day and bought two $5 all-day passes and rode all the streetcars to the end of the line and then took them back. The St Charles is the oldest and longest working streetcar in the world. The streetcar runs down the middle of the road under the trees. It’s another good way to get around in New Orleans.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 31, 2004

St. Charles Streetcar
Regional Transit Authority
New Orleans, Louisiana
(504) 248-3900

The Garden District

Attraction | "Garden District Self -Walking Tour"

The Garden District Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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When we rode the St Charles Streetcar, it took us through the Garden District. The map I had showed a self-walking tour of some of these old mansions, so we got off and took the self tour. It was fun and it brought us back around to the streetcar stop.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 31, 2004

The Garden District
St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, Louisiana

Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World

Attraction | "Mardi Gras World"

Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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Just across the Mississippi, take a free ferry (walking, not car) across to Algiers. Mardi World has a free shuttle to pick you up, but we walked -- it was a nice walk about 800 yards.

We had a guided tour -- it was fun see all the floats they had and to see how they're made. There was a cooking show offered too. We did it and it included lunch. I finally learned how to make a roux for my gumbo.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 31, 2004

Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World
1380 Port of New Orleans Place
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
(504) 361-7821

Cafe Du Monde Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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The French Quarter has a rustic atmosphere. Each restaurant, gift shop, and tour has its own unique charm. History is around every corner where it is easy to step back in time, where eating is rich in culture and every meal is a feast, where an automobile is cumbersome, but soon forgotten after experiencing a commute by street car.