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Discovering the REAL New Orleans

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A September 2004 trip to New Orleans by travelwisdom

Le Monde Creole Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana More Photos
Quote: A visit to New Orleans is a contradiction of experiences. It is seductive, sinful, and shrouded in mystery and magic. It is tacky and tawdry. It is beguiling and beautiful. It is enchanting, eccentric, and exciting. It is impossible not to be captivated by its sheer joie de vivre.

Discovering the REAL New Orleans

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Overview

Trademark Balconies  Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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A visit to New Orleans is a contradiction of experiences. It is seductive, sinful, and shrouded in mystery and magic. It is tacky and tawdry. It is beguiling and beautiful. It is enchanting, eccentric, and exciting. It is impossible not to be captivated by its sheer joie de vivre and deeply rooted history. Most visitors to the Big Easy head straight for Bourbon Street. Hurricanes, Hand Grenades, Daiquiris, and Dixie beer flow freely. Nightclubs offer enticing glimpses of topless and nearly-nude male and female strippers. Sultry jazz clubs and plaintive blues bars invite visitors inside for overpriced, water-down drinks. T-shirt, Mardi Gras souvenir, and sex toy shops vie for tourist dol...Read More

Cornstalk Hotel

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Hotel | "Spend a Night in History at The Cornstalk"

Cornstalk Hotel Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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Looking for authenticity and a blast from the past? Try The Cornstalk at 915 Royal Street. This intriguing old home was the 1800s residence of Judge Francis-Xavier Martin, author of the first history of Louisiana. Harriet Beecher Stowe stopped there and found inspiration for "Uncle Tom’s Cabin" from the nearby slave market. Surrounded by an ornate green-and-yellow cast fence that looks like a row of cornstalks, legend has it that an early owner brought a young bride to New Orleans from her home in Iowa. The cornstalk fence was erected to soften her homesickness for the swaying cornfields of home. It is one of the most photographed sites in the city, a stop on virtually every city tour. Entering...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 8, 2004

Cornstalk Hotel
915 Royal St.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
504-523-1515

Chateau Bourbon

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Hotel | "Chateau Sonesta Is Close to Action, Not TOO Close"

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Want to be close to the action, but not too close, getting a little rest and respite from the party scene? The Chateau Sonesta Hotel perches on the edge of the French Quarter on the corner of Canal Street (a major artery through New Orleans), Iberville Street, and Bourbon Street. Only steps away from the action in Jackson Square, close to the Riverwalk and Harrah’s Casino, and for comfort, convenience, and charm, it’s usually my first choice on a visit to the Big Easy. By New Orleans standards, rooms are spacious and elegantly appointed. Request a room facing the interior courtyard away from the traffic on Canal and Bourbon Street. Rooms are equipped with a mini-bar, coffeemaker, hairdryer, ir...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 8, 2004

Chateau Bourbon
800 Iberville St.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70112
504-586-0800

StayBridge Suites New Orleans

Hotel | "Staybridge Suites - Free Breakfast and More"

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Staybridge Suites offers studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom suites. Located at 501 Tchoupitoulas (pronounced show-pi-too-las), it is across Canal Street from the Quarter. Only one block from Harrah’s, one quarter from the Riverwalk, and less than a half-mile from Jackson Square, you’ll get a little exercise - a great way to work off all those Creole calories. Room rates start at $130 to $300 per night and include a complimentary full, daily breakfast and late afternoon snacks Tuesday through Thursday.

Staybridge Suites is a good family location. It is quiet. The suites afford privacy and room to spread out. The breakfast and snacks are a budget plus!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 8, 2004

StayBridge Suites New Orleans
501 TCHOUPITOULAS
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
504-571-1818

Cafe Du Monde

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Restaurant | "Jumpstart Your Day at Cafe Du Monde"

Cafe Du Monde Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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Jumpstart your day at Café Du Monde, located at 800 Decatur Street since 1862. No visit to New Orleans would be complete without a visit to Cafe du Monde for beignets (ben-yays) and cafe au lait (cahfay-oh-lay). The beignets are small, square, French-style donuts nestled in a cloud of powdered sugar. Café Au Lait is a tantalizing mix of half-strong, chicory coffee and half-steamed milk - the perfect complement for the beignets. During morning hours, Café Du Monde is crowded. Expect to wait in line. When you reach the front of the line, grab a table as soon as you see someone getting up. Don’t wait for it to be cleaned or you’ll lose out to more fleet-footed diners. ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 8, 2004

Cafe Du Monde
800 Decatur Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
(504) 525-4544

Central Grocery Co.

Restaurant | "Munch a Muffuletta from Central Grocery"

Central Grocery Co. Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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Central Grocery is a typical neighborhood Italian grocery. Muffulettas are huge round sandwiches on crusty Italian bread that are stuffed with meats, cheeses, and the secret ingredient, an olive sandwich spread.

Two people can easily share one sandwich. Order one to-go along with a bag of Zapp’s Chips and a couple of Abita beers or cokes, and take your treat up to one of the shady benches by the Mississippi River or to Jackson Park for a great picnic.

Don’t forget a jar of Central Grocery’s olive spread to take home and enjoy as an appetizer spread on your favorite crackers.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 8, 2004

Central Grocery Co.
923 Decatur St.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
(504) 523-1620

Gumbo Shop

Restaurant | "The Gumbo Shop"

Gumbo Shop Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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Just a half-block from Jackson Square, The Gumbo Shop is a charming 1794 Creole cottage with a tiny garden patio in back. All gumbos in New Orleans are not created equal. Some are rather short of seafood. Simmered in a dark roux, served with crusty French bread for "sopping and savoring every drop," and topped off with an icy Dixie beer, gumbo at The Gumbo Shop is a must on every trip to New Orleans.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 8, 2004

Gumbo Shop
630 St. Peter St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
+1 504 525 1486; +1

Bella Luna

Restaurant | "Bella Luna-Breathtaking View and Haute Cuisine"

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If you only splurge on one dinner in New Orleans, make it Bella Luna. Located at 914 N Peters Street, on the second floor high above the levee, Bella Luna’s massive windows overlook the mighty Mississippi River. You’ll find breathtaking views coupled with renowned haute cuisine, rare in New Orleans’s restaurants. Bella Luna has both! Come early and watch the sunset turn the muddy river a rich golden hue as huge ships and graceful river boats slide past. Linger and watch the moonlight splash across the water. Chef Horst Pfeifer’s menu matches the setting. It is sophisticated, savory, and superb. Try the roasted eggplant penne pasta, the stuffed portabella mushroom, or the fresh grilled r...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 8, 2004

Bella Luna
914 North Peters St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
+1 504 529 1583

Court of Two Sisters

Restaurant | "Don't Miss the Jazz Brunch at Court of Two Sisters"

Court of Two Sisters Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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Take in a daily jazz brunch at Court of Two Sisters, 613 Royal Street. Dating back to 1880, this historic courtyard is one of the largest and prettiest in New Orleans. The Jazz Brunch features over 80 dishes, including traditional local favorites such as eggs benedict, spicy oysters bienville, and decadent bread pudding.

At $25 per person, it may seem like a pricey lunch, but considering the bountiful hot-and-cold buffet choices, you may never want to eat again. The brunch is served from 9:00am until 3:00pm daily. Arrive early, relax, linger, and savor this New Orleans extravaganza.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 8, 2004

Court of Two Sisters
613 Royal St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
+1 504 522 7261

Le Monde Creole

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Attraction | "Step Back in History With Le Monde Creole"

Le Monde Creole Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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Just one street over from Bourbon Street, Le Monde Creole Walking Tours is tucked away in a lush courtyard that whispers secrets of the past. Our guide, Bill Coble, made the Creole world come alive sharing his vast knowledge of stories, secrets, and legends. Tracing five generations of a prominent Creole family through the struggles and triumphs of New Orleans society from early days, through the Civil War, birth of jazz, and Americanization of the city, we visited grand mansions and secluded private courtyards. Most visitors only catch fleeting glimpses of the cool respite offered by lush, tropical courtyards nestled behind locked gates. Think green. Think tranquil. The cacophony o...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 6, 2004

Le Monde Creole
1000 Bourbon Street - Suite 332
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
(504) 568-1801

Jackson Square/Place d'Armes

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Attraction | "Picnic and People-Watching at Jackson Square"

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No trip to New Orleans is complete without spending some time at the French Market, strolling along the Moonwalk along the Mississippi River, or at Jackson Square. The Square has been the focus of the French Quarter since the Civil War days, when war widows sold family paintings to support their family, and local vendors sold their crafts and wares. Today, the atmosphere is still colorful and lively with artists, street performers, fortunetellers, professed psychics, clowns, and craftsmen. The going rate for a brief tarot or palm reading is $10 to $15. Indulge in the revelry or grab a muffuletta sandwich, a bag of Zapps chips, and a Dixie beer at Central Grocery. Then pick a sh...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 9, 2004

Jackson Square/Place d'Armes
French Quarter
New Orleans, Louisiana