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Weekend Escape to New Orleans

A March 2005 trip to New Orleans by mdnjs

Quote: During Spring Break my fiancé and I took a weekend trip to New Orleans. I was able to try a lot of new things and would definitely go back. New Orleans has a personality all of its own that no other city can put a claim to.
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The hotel had a French courtyard feel to it. The room we stayed in was on the second floor and had an outdoor hallway. The room was spacious enough and clean. We had one king-size bed, so I don't know if that made a difference space-wise. The bed was comfortable but nothing to write home about. The sink was outside of the bathroom, and the tub and toilet were in a small room. All in all, there was nothing to complain about.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 4, 2005

Ramada Limited
2713 North Causeway Blvd
New Orleans, Louisiana 70002
504/835-4141

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This was my first time ever eating at P.F. Chang's, but I was pleasantly surprised. The theme is outstanding. I felt like I was actually in China. The lighting is low, which creates a really neat ambience. For dinner, we split the fried rice. There were several meats that were mixed into the rice, including pork, shrimp, and beef. The food was superb (I'm not usually a Chinese-food fan). Overall, the dining experience was outstanding.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 4, 2005

P.F. Chang's China Bistro
3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70002
(504) 828-5288

Cafe Du Monde

Restaurant | "Café du Monde"

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Usually when I have been to New Orleans, it was always hot and humid; this time, it was actually cold! So we decided to try beignets. Beignets sound expensive, but they are actually pretty inexpensive. They are square doughnuts with powdered sugar sprinkled on top. They are wonderful! Unfortunately, it's hard to find them outside of New Orleans or France.

The only problem I had with the restaurant was that there were pigeons flying around everywhere. I was always afraid one was going to leave me a package, but they never bothered us. If you go to New Orleans, you must go to Cafe du Monde.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 4, 2005

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

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The Aquarium of Americas is one of the top-ranked aquariums in the country. The Audubon also runs a zoo, so you have the opportunity to buy a ticket that includes the aquarium, zoo, transportation, and IMAX Theater.

The IMAX Theater has several shows running at any given time. Some of the films are even 3-D.

The aquarium is made up of several exhibits, including the rain forest ones, a temporary frog exhibit, and the shark one. The aquarium is very well kept and definitely worth a stop.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 4, 2005

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas
1 Canal Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
(800) 774-7394