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Pralines, Beignets, and Jazz: All In the Big Easy

A December 2003 trip to New Orleans by chadk78

Quote: When it comes to food, music, and lots of fun, you just can't beat New Orleans.

Pralines, Beignets, and Jazz: All In the Big Easy

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Overview

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There is so much to see and do in this legendary city, it is hard to know where to begin. The French Quarter is the oldest part of the city and probably the most fun to explore. The architecture alone in this area is an attraction. Although Bourbon Street is better-known, I prefer the French Market area around Decatur Street. It's more family-friendly and seems to be a lot safer. There is a wonderful variety of dining and shopping here. It's also the closest area to the Mississippi River. While in this area, don't miss the French Market, Cafe du Monde, Aunt Sally's Pralines, and Jackson Square. Jackson Square is the site of St. Louis Cathedral and is also where you can see a wide variety of st...Read More

Quality Inn and Suites St Charles

Hotel | "Maison St. Charles"

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This hotel is a Quality Inn property located in the Garden District. It is just across the street from Emeril's and is located right along the St. Charles streetcar line. The hotel is made up of several renovated townhouses. The rooms are very reasonably priced for the location and are nicely decorated and comfortable. A beautiful courtyard with a large fountain is the centerpiece. Because of limited parking space in the area, a valet will take your vehicle to a private parking area after you check in. This is no big deal, because you can ride the streetcar from here to just about any location in the city and really don't need a car.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 19, 2005

Quality Inn and Suites St Charles
1319 ST CHARLES AVE
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
504-522-0187

Gumbo Shop

Restaurant | "The Gumbo Shop"

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No trip to New Orleans is complete without some good Cajun food. The Gumbo Shop is the best value I've found in the French Quarter. The food is wonderful, and the prices are very reasonable. It is set in a small, unassuming building, but the inside is well-decorated. The walls are covered with some nice frescoes. We didn't have to wait in line to get in and were seated right away. I ordered a sampler platter, which featured jambalaya, red beans and rice, and gumbo. It was outstanding.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 19, 2005

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

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I had heard a lot about the Margaritaville in Key West, but this was my first experience with one (I never realized there was one in New Orleans). It is a really fun atmosphere. I had a Cheeseburger in Paradise with a margarita, just so I could say I did. Not only was the food good, but the service was also exceptional. The waitress, despite being kind of busy, took our picture in front of the big airplane, which appeared to have crashed into the wall.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 19, 2005

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

Cafe Du Monde

Restaurant

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This is New Orleans' world-famous coffee stand at the French Market. You will have to wait in line, but there are many tables, and the line moves pretty fast. Besides, it's fun to watch the street entertainers while you wait. The specialty here is cafe au lait and beignets: New Orleans' version of coffee and doughnuts. It is quite delicious. We enjoyed ours while watching a clown out on the sidewalk make cartoon characters out of balloons.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 19, 2005

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

The National World War II Museum

Attraction | "D-Day Museum"

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This World War II Museum is located in the Warehouse District and was put together by historian Stephen Ambrose. Please give yourself a full day to see it. It is huge! We planned to spend 2 hours here and ended up having to rush through. The museum not only focuses on the events that took place on June 6 and 7, 1944, in Europe, but it also tells the story of D-Day in the Pacific theatre by exhibiting a large array of memorabilia from the battles, as well as multi-sensory displays. I really enjoyed the showroom, which displayed some tanks, planes, German officers' cars, etc., and the recreation of hedgerow in the French countryside, with a crashed British glider in the background. If you look clo...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 19, 2005

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

French Market

Attraction

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The French Market is the oldest city market in the United States. We were there in the wintertime, so I didn't see very much produce. However, there were bunches of souvenirs and gift items. Some vendors have tables out in the open-air area. Others are located in more permanent shop buildings. You can bargain with the vendors in the outside area. There are also several restaurants located at the market. Aunt Sally's Creole Pralines is my favorite shop at the French Market. Their pralines and candied pecans are delicious. They sell a wide variety of other unique products and souvenir items there, as well. Cafe du Monde is located next door to Aunt Sally's.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 19, 2005

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

Jackson Square/Place d'Armes

Attraction | "Jackson Square"

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Jackson Square is the center of the "vieux carre", or old city. This parklike area is centered by a statue of Andrew Jackson, which reads "The Union must be preserved." In the background sits St. Louis Cathedral, the oldest church in New Orleans. It may be toured for free. Next door is the Cabildo, which was once the French capital of the Louisiana territory. It is now a property of the Louisiana State Museum, and an admission fee is charged. Many musicians, artists, and various other entertainers and vendors surround Jackson Square. All carriage rides and many of the nightly ghost tours also begin here.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 19, 2005

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