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A December 2003 trip to New Orleans by Ishtar

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Quote: They call the Rising Sun...and it's been the ruin of many a poor boy, and God I know I'm one. Remember that song? This is a great destination for holidays or otherwise. It's a kaleidoscope of bold, brash, gaudy, and loud. It's creole food, bad French, and decadent beignets.

Marriott New Orleans

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Hotel

Marriott New Orleans Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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This was another holiday period away from home; we actually had been trying to get to the Far East, but apparently could not get airline seats to come back. Tempting as it was, we ended up going to New Orleans. It was a redo for me, but Chuck had never been there. We were very fortunate, once again, to get the Marriott hotel on Canal Street, in the heart of the French Quarter. Making things even more pleasant was that we had a room on the 35th floor. At that height, even eyesores can look good. As we arrived on Christmas evening, most everything was closed, and we had developed an appetite. It was quite chilly outside, so we went for a couple of blocks and came right back. Thankfully, the Café du M...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 6, 2004

Marriott New Orleans
555 CANAL ST
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130-2300
504-581-1000

Corner Oyster Bar and Grill

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Restaurant

Corner Oyster Bar and Grill Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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With one exception, I don’t think we had reservations for any restaurant as long as we stayed in New Orleans. That did cost us dearly on New Year’s Eve, but that’s another journal altogether. Dining usually manifested itself after one of our very long walks around the French Quarter, since there is so much to see and do. This place looked scary from the outside, but a welcome warm air greeted us as we stepped in, and the music was engaging. Fun t-shirts hung on the backs of the waitstaff which said, "We shuck ‘em, you suck ‘em". Cute, isn’t it? One of my least favorite things here -- and I’m probably in the minority -- are the multiple TV sets blaring drivel all around the restaurant. However, sinc...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 5, 2004

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

Louis XVI

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Restaurant | "Louis XVI Restaurant Francais"

Louis XVI Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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Louis XVI Restaurant Français has it all: atmosphere, impeccable service, decadent food, and prices to match. It is housed inside the St. Louis Hotel, with a courtyard protected from the elements. It was festively adorned with poinsettias everywhere, as you can see in the photos. As soon as you step into the premises, you have left New Orleans behind. The restaurant has been around since 1971 and takes credit for introducing the locals and tourists to a more sophisticated palate. It opened another restaurant called L’Escale (which means "the stop-over" in French), which closed after six years. The first chef was Frenchman Daniel Bonnot, who eventually left to become the owner of a couple of bistros...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 6, 2004

Louis XVI
St. Louis Hotel
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
+1 504 581 7000

Reginelli's

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Restaurant | "Reginelli's Pizza"

Reginelli's Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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Today was our bus-touring day, with supplemental viewing on foot. Taking the local bus is usually a good thing to do; however, it’s not the type where you can get on and off as you please. The fare is only $1–what a bargain!! They don’t run that frequently, but if you find a nice sunny spot at or around the bus stop, it’s not that bad. We were going to do the length of Magazine Street, which is virtually impossible to do on foot. They say it’s about 6 miles and a stop-at-every-shop kind of street, but it’s the gaps in between that will kill you. By the way, State crosses Magazine, and that’s how we get to Reginelli’s. Naturally, we didn’t intend to go to Reginelli’s; it just beckoned us, a...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 7, 2004

Reginelli's
741 State St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70118
+1 504 899 1414

Louisiana Swamp Tour

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Attraction

Louisiana Swamp Tour Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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We waited more than an hour for the driver. Reminds me of our trip to Isla Ixtapa, when they forgot to pick us up altogether. Finally, we got ourselves seated in the van, and our driver started drawling his act away. We had the best seats and were laughing our heads off. From the French Quarter, the drive is about an hour, though they tell you it will be only 30 minutes. It was not really warm, as the morning sun was signing off for the day. When we arrived, we had to wait again for a long time. Since it was off-season, it was not raining tour guides. We had a choice of a paddle boat or an airboat and opted for the more "dangerous" ride. Upon boarding, you are told to secure your seat belt and wea...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 4, 2004

Louisiana Swamp Tour
9706 Barataria Blvd
New Orleans, Louisiana 70072
(504) 689-3599

Riverwalk Market Place

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Attraction | "The Riverwalk"

Riverwalk Market Place Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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"Riverwalk" conjures up images of San Antonio, until now… Chuck and I walked there as the sun was setting, since it’s a short distance from the hotel on Canal. When we visit such places, we invariably end up going and lingering in different shops, but we always manage to find each other at the end of an aisle, and such was the case. The browsing came after the "eats," as we were both starving. And there is no better place to develop an appetite than in New Orleans. This place is huge, and long…so take your time. There are levels and sublevels -- a, b, and c. The Canal Street entrance is really pretty, though the pictures Chuck tried to take of the water jets of Spanish Plaza fountain bombed out. O...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 4, 2004

Riverwalk Market Place
1 Poydras St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
+1 504 522 1555

The National World War II Museum

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Attraction | "National D-Day Museum"

The National World War II Museum Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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Magazine Street is considered to be one of New Orleans’ main attractions; it is replete with shops, antiques, galleries, restaurants, souvenir shops, and the like. However, the array is not continuous and the breaks between the "interesting" spots can be long and barren. We were walking around the Warehouse District and came upon this museum by total surprise. Neither one of us knew of its existence, and for the kind of day it was, the perfect antidote to pouring rain. As you approach the entrance, if you look down, or actually, you don’t even have to look down, you’ll notice that you are stepping on inlaid bricks with names on them-hundreds and hundreds of names. They commemorate the fallen of the...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 5, 2004

The National World War II Museum
945 Magazine Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
(504) 528-1944

French Market

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Attraction | "The French Market"

French Market Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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This market has the distinction of being the country’s oldest. Vendor stalls are to be found both inside and outside the building. Then there was the irresistible music, which can only emanate from New Orleans’ black musicians. And there were several. They were having so much fun, fun playing, fun kidding each other, and fun being under the sun of the city they loved. It was simply infectious, and it became quite difficult to tear oneself away. A couple of landmarks anchor the market, each with its own claim to fame. Directly behind it is the famed Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, where you can shop till your drop. A young Joan of Arc bronze statue graces the grounds as well, and of course you kn...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 12, 2004

French Market
1008 North Peters Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
(504) 522-2621

Magazine Street

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Attraction | "Walking on Magazine Street"

Magazine Street Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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This is a long stretch of trendy boutiques, antique shops galore, art stores with dashes of rundown abodes, and circumspect-looking corners. It’s a good idea to ride the length of it on the bus, as it will give you a sense of where you’d like to spend your time. You can start at Canal, which runs perpendicular to Magazine, ending at Jackson. You have 23 blocks where there is a concentration of bookstores. Within each major classification will be different types of establishments. For example, on the 2100 block, the Brass Menagerie will catch your eye. No, Blanche does not work there! I spotted the NO School of Glassworks and Printmaking Studio and immediately went in. They hold demo...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 16, 2004

Magazine Street
Magazine Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
+1 504 455 1224

French Quarter

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Attraction | "Narrated Tour of French Quarter"

French Quarter Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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Touring the Vieux Carré by horse-drawn carriage is romantic, funny, informative, and a must-do activity. On a prior visit, I fell under the spell of a real "old timer" who not only knew his history, but was a natural comedian. No such luck with the current guy, but who was to know he would turn out to be a dud? He would not leave his parking post unless he could get another couple to hop in so he could make his minimum fare. So we waited, and waited, and waited . . . finally, we were joined by another young couple and were relieved to begin our tour. By the way, there are blankets on the seats that came in very handy, as dusk was setting in, and let’s remember that it’s December. He was ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 24, 2004

French Quarter

New Orleans, Louisiana

St. Charles Streetcar

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Attraction | "St. Charles Trolley"

St. Charles Streetcar Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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It’s older than the trolleys in good ol’ San Francisco. And lucky for us, the stop is right across the street from the Marriott, at Canal and St. Charles. This is almost as good as seeing things on foot when your feet refuse to obey you. Besides, I think trolleys are so romantic, even though some are now motorized. This one began electric railway operation in 1893 and has been in continuous operation ever since. The fleet of cars operating that route have been named to the National Register of Historic Places. It leaves the Central Business District to chug-along through the "Garden District," appropriately named for its lush greenery and stately mansions. The median track is covered with grass, an...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 30, 2004

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

Tarot Anyone?

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Story/Tip

Please meet Chris Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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Along with its reputation for letting the good times roll, New Orleans also conjures up images of a mixture of people, including Creoles and African slaves, and the mysticism that accompanied those cultures. There are tours that emphasize this haunted city, its closet skeletons, its days of piracy and torture, and its alleged apparitions. We did not go for the full treatment, but instead I treated myself to a Tarot reading, and, in our walks, we went into the bookshop of the Monde Creole, which is a fascinating journey of its world. I am inclined to believe that anyone can do a Tarot reading, which is supported by the fact that I was able to find a kit for sale on Amazon.com. If you’re interested...Read More