New Orleans Journals

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A January 2011 trip to New Orleans by Amber Autumn

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Quote: Everything you ever wanted to know about New Orleans can be found right here. As a regular visitor, I explore what makes New Orleans unique, and write about my adventures.

The Big Easy

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Jazz Musicians Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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New Orleans is often described as a cultural gumbo with its many unique flavors. It was originally settled by the French, given to the Spanish, then was made home by the Italians, Germans, and many other cultures. There's always something unique happening around the corner. Also, the French Quarter, Uptown, and Mid-City are very safe places. Quick Tips: Be sure to check out the hotel or inn's website to see if they're offering any specials or discounts to guests, such as the Royal Sonesta Hotel during the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival. If they offer parking on site, that's a plus than parking in the lots near the Moonwalk. However, the parking lots along Decatur are not too bad...Read More
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There's a white shop with stone steps on the corner of Decatur Street past the golden Joan of Arc statue that is a great tourism center that recently opened back up. Before 2005, this place was a great location to find information about festivals, shops, tours, and other facts about the city. Now, the store still has the brochures, maps, and information about the city. If you're not sure about what you want to do while in New Orleans, this is the best place to get ideas (and find some valuable coupons attached to free brochures). The staff is very knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful. This is a must-see for anyone new to the city.

My Top 18 Things to See and Do

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Aquarium of the Americas  Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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There's so many things to see and do in New Orleans. So, what to do first? I created my own list of things to help make any trip to New Orleans the most memorable. 1. Take a tour of the cemteries, or the Cites of the Dead. My favorite tour is the Save Our Cemeteries Tour. 2. Enjoy sugary beignets and coffee at the Cafe du Monde. On Decatur Street, across from the Jackson Square. For the non-coffee lovers, there's milk and soft drinks. 3. Try a Central Grocery muffalatta. At the Central Grocery on Decatur Street, this Italian sandwich has been enjoyed by Bob Hope and Henry Winkler. 4. Mardi Gras! Grab your copy of the Arthur Hardy's "Mard...Read More

Where Ya At?

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"You watch a movie filmed in New Orleans and say things like, "Dere ain't no way they can run out of a cemetery right on to Bourbon Street ... and don't call me 'Cher.'" ~From You Know You're From New Orleans If.. From personal experience, it is quite easy to get lost. The heart of the city is the French Quarter. An easy way to remember the streets is to look at its history. Scotsman John Law proposed an idea to the Duc d'Orleans in France during a card game: the city of New Orleans. He said to honor the Duc, the longest running and main street would be named Orleans. Since Toulouse and Dumaine (the Duc's family members whom he despised) had also put in money to build the city, these t...Read More
Outside the Royal Sonesta Hotel  Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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It's festival season once again in New Orleans! Here are some you don't want to miss: The Tennessee Williams Literary Festival (Mar. 23-27)- a festival dedicated to the New Orleans writer himself with theater shows, music, guided literary walking tours ($25), writing lectures and panel discussions, Stella and Stanley shouting contests. Events take place all over the French Quarter like Muriel's Restaurant, Jackson Square, St. Peter Street. Not all the events are free. See tennesseewilliams.net for more information. Louisiana Iris Rainbow Festival (April 2) - the grand opening of the Louisiana Iris Display at the New Orleans Museum of Artand the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpt...Read More

Mardi Gras

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Mardi Gras Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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"You don't learn until high school that Mardi Gras is not a national holiday." ~From You Know You're From New Orleans If.. Mardi Gras is New Orleans’ hometown celebration, where locals dress up in colorful, humorous, and intriguing costumes; drink and be merry all hours of the night; go to parades; and some attend carnival balls. For 2011, Mardi Gras is later than expected this year, and not until March 8th. There are few things you have to do during Mardi Gras to make your visit perfrect: 1. Participate in a parade--any parade. It doesn't matter which one. Catch beads or go to the Endymion Extraganza and see its illuminating floats. Some grocery stores/gas stations sell...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 5, 2005

Mardi Gras
1 Poydras St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130

Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival

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Attraction | "Sunday at the N.O. Literary Festival 2011"

Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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"STELLA!" - Stanley Kowalski, from "A Streetcar Named Desire" The Tennessee Williams / New Orleans Literary Festival celebrated the author’s hundredth birthday weekend in style. He was born on Mar. 26, 1911. Although the celebration started on Wednesday Mar. 23 with a Poetry Slam at One Eyed Jack’s on Toulouse, Sunday was filled with special panel discussions, a literary walking tour, musical tributes, special events like mixing Sazerac cocktails, theatrical performances, and the Stanley and Stella Shouting Contest. To purchase tickets, you can go online or go to the Royal Sonesta Hotel and buy them there. Tickets sell out fast, so the earlier you buy them, the better. In 1986, four pe...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 30, 2011

Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival
938 Lafayette St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70113
+1 504 581 1144

Audubon Zoo

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Attraction | "Guide to Audubon Zoo For 2011"

Audubon Zoo Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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My family and I decided to visit the Audubon Zoo on a Saturday, and went earlier in the day to avoid the extreme heat of the afternoon. Hours are 10am to 5pm on Tuesdays through Sundays. Although the Zoo is closed on Mondays, sometimes they will have a special opening for holidays like Memorial Day. The prices were $14.95 for general admission, $9.95 for a child ages 2-12, and $11.95 for seniors 65 and older. The Audubon Zoo has added some new features for this year. On Monkey Hill, they still have the small pool and traveling waterfall that kids and adults can play in and soak their feet to beat the heat. Near this pool is a treehouse that children can play inside, and the spider-web like path ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 19, 2011

Audubon Zoo
6500 Magazine Street
New Orleans 70118
(504) 581-4629

Audubon Zoo

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Attraction | "A Must- See Zoo "

Audubon Zoo Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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The Audubon Zoo has been getting better and better with age. It's open on Tuesdays through Sundays from 10am to 5pm, and closed on Mondays. There's plenty of parking spaces, and the parking is free. New additions to the Zoo are: the Swamp Train that brings passengers around the Zoo for a fee, and gives educational facts about the animals along the way; the Simulator Ride is a ride that takes you through the Bermuda Triangle, under the sea, or through a haunted (it wasn't scary) mine for a fee; and the Dinosaur Adventure that shows different types of dinosaurs and lets you dig for fossils for a fee. Even if you didn't go in the Dinosaur Adventure, check out its gift shop. It can become a blessi...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 10, 2010

Audubon Zoo
6500 Magazine Street
New Orleans 70118
(504) 581-4629

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas

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Audubon Aquarium of the Americas Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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The Aquarium of the Americas has changed since it opened after Katrina, but with changes comes some new attractions. For the most part, the Aquarium looks just as it has for years. The same large, two-story fountain with metal scale that look like fish scales greets visitors as they enter through the front door. The gift shop to the right has a new appearance like being under the sea with more of a grotto and bright coral design. The Aquarium is open from 10am to 6pm Tuesday through Sunday. I think that they are closed on Mondays. Also, if you park in the parking lot that has a huge "Whale Wall" (off of Poydras, in the view of Harrah's), you can go to Information and get it stamped, so when you ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 8, 2005

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

Audubon Insectarium

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Attraction | "One-of-a-kind Museum for Bugs"

Audubon Insectarium Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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The Audubon Insectarium is located in the old Custom House building; it's this incredibly huge white federal building that is on the corner of Canal Street. There's a parking lot about a block a way that is the cheapest of all parking lots on Decatur Street, and if you bring your parking ticket in with you, they will validate your parking. I don't remember how much I paid for admission, but it was probably the same as what you would pay for the Audubon Zoo. However, if you're a season pass member, you get $5 tickets to this museum. The ambiance is really focused on bugs. If you look at the chandeliers in the lobby, they have bug creations in them. The Museum is about thirteen rooms with...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 10, 2010

Audubon Insectarium
423 Canal Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
(800) 774-7394

Saint Louis Cathedral

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Attraction | "St. Louis Cathedral a Cemetery?"

Saint Louis Cathedral Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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"It is not known precisely where angels dwell - whether in the air, the void, or the planets. It has not been God's pleasure that we should be informed of their abode." ~VoltaireThe St. Louis Cathedral has Masson Sunday at 10am and earlier. Once you enter the doors, you see a small area where candles can be lit for special occasions. Past this, a statue of an angel holds out the bowl of holy water, where you can see a gilded and spectacular altar. The ceiling is breathtaking. Designed in colorful scenes and Latin writing, you can see "Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus: Dominous Deus Saboath." Or else, I think that's the last word. If you sit in the front pew on the left side, you can be on TV! For...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 23, 2005

Saint Louis Cathedral
615 Pere Antoine Alley
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
+1 504 525 9585

Riverwalk and Spanish Plaza

Attraction | "Rolling On the River"

The Whale Wall Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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The Riverwalk is a great place to shop when you want to be near the Imax Theater, the Aquarium of the Americas, Harrah's Casino, and the Spanish Plaza and Moonwalk (the street that lines up near the Mississippi and stretches to the other side of the French Quarter). However, it is a tourist trap and some of the items are a bit pricy. Yet, you can find great bargains like a pack of peppermint gum that gives a person a shock when they reach for a piece from the toy store. There are many specialty stores like Louisiana items, clothes, shoes, food, coffees and beignets from Cafe Du Monde, and some restaurants. Spanish Plaza is one of my favorite plazas because it always so lively and bustling....Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 26, 2009

Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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Nestled on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter, you can find the Lafitte Blacksmith Shop. It's a small, one-story building that belonged to the infamous privateer, Jean Lafitte, and his brother Pierre. He's not a pirate as some might love to call him. This local haunt is on the haunted history tours as a magical bar where you can see Jean's eyes stare back at you. Also, it was one of Tennessee Williams's favorite places to hear the piano music of Miss Lillian. When I went they were remodeling the place, but this is absolutely a must-see stop, especially if you're on Bourbon. Who knows? You might see Jean staring back at you.

Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop
941 Bourbon St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
+1 504 522 9377

Frank's Restaurant

Restaurant | "Restaurant With Amazing Views"

Frank's Restaurant Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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My friend and I was on our way to Central Grocery to let her taste her first New Orleans muffaletta. However, the Central Grocery was closed. Yet Frank's Restaurant (near the Grocery) was open, and we decided to check it out. The first floor was very small with many tables and a bar, and we were directed upstairs for an available table. The only complaint I had was with the stairs, there's no railing. So, very carefully, we climbed the stairs and entered a very interesting room. It was a Venetian Room with painted murals of Venice and their architecture, a wonderful balcony with two windows and a set of French doors. You could even dine out on the patio, which had a spectacular view of Decatur St...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 23, 2011

Frank's Restaurant
933 Decatur Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116-3307
(504) 525-1602

Cafe Maspero

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"You visit another city and they "claim" to have Cajun food - but you know better." ~From You Know You're From New Orleans If.. On the corner of Toulouse and Decatur Streets is Cafe Maspero, where Andrew Jackson discussed plans for the Battle of New Orleans with Privateer Jean Lafitte. I arrived just when the restaurant opened at 10 or 11am. It's always better to get there when it opens, because lines tend to wrap around the building until 1pm. The restaurant is surrounded by French doors that can open on humid days and a bar with a variety of drinks. Brick columns stand in the middle of the room with paintings, and there is even a wall portrait of the city on the back wall. The restaur...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 2, 2005

Cafe Maspero
601 Decatur Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
504-523-6250

Court of Two Sisters

Restaurant | "World Famous Jazz Brunch "

Court of Two Sisters Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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The Court of Two Sisters is surrounded by the antique shops and boutiques of Royal Street in the French Quarter. If you want to have an enjoyable dining experience and be surrounded by New Orleans culture, this is the place to be. I recommend that you make reservations before you go because this restaurant is made popular because of its World Famous Jazz Brunch. You have the option of sitting outside in the cobblestone courtyard (under multi-colored umbrellas) as you listen to a lively jazz band, or eating inside and looking out from the windows surrounding the courtyard. There's also a stone fountain in the middle of the courtyard that sounds almost like a tranquil rain. This brunch is from 9...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 14, 2010

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

New Orleans Visitors / Tourism Center Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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There are many things to do on St. Charles Street like dining at the fabulous restaurants, check out the Visitors Center (or take a picture in front of the largest fleur-de-lis on the block), shop at the boutiques, and even take a ride on the streetcar. But nothing is more common than seeing the Uptown mansions and buildings. These are somewhat similar to the buildings of the French Quarter; however, they are copied after many European and antebellum styles. In the past, these were the extravagant homes of the wealthy Creoles of New Orleans, the upper crust of society. You can see St. Charles in two ways, in my opinion. The first is to eat at either the Copeland's Cheesecake Bistro or...Read More

October in New Orleans

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If you decide to visit New Orleans in October, you'll find that there's a lot to do, and in so little of time. Throughout the month of October, I recommend going to the French Market along Decatur Street and South Peters. The Market is a whirlwind of colors during this time, and you can easily find cute little and huge pumpkins as souvenirs of your excursion. Also, from October 8th to October 24th, 2010, The Historic New Orleans Collection at 533 Royal Street is hosting a Halloween-inspired tour called "Historic Haunts: The Myths and Legends of Vieux Carre" that costs $5.00 a person. The tour starts at 2pm. You can get more information on the tour by calling (504) 523-4662. For most tour pr...Read More

Voodoo Experience Music and Culture Festival

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Attraction | "Worship the Music"

Voodoo Experience Music and Culture Festival Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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"In a city that is known for its festivals that happen throughout the year, the Voodoo Art and Music Experience has evolved into one of our most unique and colorful events. Set against the backdrop of Halloween festivities, there is no better city than New Orleans to host this three-day event." - Mitch Landrieu, Mayor of New Orleans During the last weekend in October, City Park becomes home to the Voodoo Experience. Half of the park is transformed into six stages of non-stop music; a unique craft, merchandise, and art market; and a row of New Orleans' famous foods. When you go to buy your tickets, I would buy them online rather than get them at the front gate because they're cheaper onlin...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 1, 2010

Voodoo Experience Music and Culture Festival
City Park New Orleans
New Orleans, LA

Cities of the Dead

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St. Patrick Cemetery 3 Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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Everyone in New Orleans isn't buried in the ground. Early settlers to the city found that out the hard way. Since the French aboveground tomb was popular in France, New Orleans decided to build aboveground tombs. The aboveground tombs were built together with the narrow alleys between them (almost like a city). Also, when France gave New Orleans to the Spanish, the Spanish built wall ovens since it was a growing custom in Spain. The wall ovens make up the 9-foot walls. The aboveground tombs are decaying, but organizations such as the Save Our Cemeteries are making efforts to save them. St. Louis Cemeteries One and Two is not the only ones in the city. There is also Greenwood Cemetery that ...Read More

The Horror of Madam LaLaurie's House

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The Horror of Madam LaLaurie's House Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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"From ghoulies and ghostiesAnd long-leggedy beastiesAnd things that go bump in the night,Good Lord, deliver us!"~Scottish Saying When I was walking down Royal Street, closer to the Mississippi River side, I saw this curious black post that had the Haunted History Tour sticker on it. I had bought their book a few weeks ago, and went and looked up the gray house on the corner of Royal and Governor Nicholls. The LaLaurie House is one of the infamous haunted houses in the city. Delphine LaLaurie had a bad childhood as she watched as her parents were murdered by slaves. Later in life, her and her physician husband came to own several slaves, and many of them of th...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 20, 2005

The Horror of Madam LaLaurie's House
1140 Royal Street
New Orleans, Louisiana

St. Louis Cemetery

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Attraction | "St. Louis No. 1 and 2 Cities of the Dead"

St. Louis Cemetery Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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"You watch a movie filmed in New Orleans and say things like, "Dere ain't no way they can run out of a cemetery right on to Bourbon Street ... and don't call me 'Cher.'" ~From You Know You're From New Orleans If.. One of the architectural wonders of the city is the Cities of the Dead. When the city was first built, the St. Louis Cemetery was positioned on the outskirts of town. New Orleanians quickly found they couldn't bury their dead because, being below sea level, water would fill in their holes and push coffins and dearly departed loved ones out of the cemetery, and into the city streets. Not the best sight to see in the morning, the Catholic Church advised that a nine foot wall be bu...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 23, 2005

St. Louis Cemetery
3421 Esplanade Ave.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70119
(504) 482-5065

New Orleans' Trains - Botanical Gardens  Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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"Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childish days; that can recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth . . . "~Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers, 1836 Christmas in the Oaks is a locally popular holiday attraction, and a must-see for any visitor who arrives during the holiday season. It is a perfect event to see with a special someone, with their kids, or with family. School choirs and bands come to perform at City Park (exactly in the same spot where the Voodoo Festival takes place), and also allows schools to decorate their own themed Christmas tree. The driving tour was canceled, so now visitors can walk around the Botanical Gardens and Storyla...Read More

Who Dat Nation

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Mardi Gras 2010 Float Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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"Who Dat". It's the two words since 2009 that united and inspired everyone within the city of New Orleans and those on the Gulf Coast to believe in the Saints Football Team. The Saints are the Champions of Super Bowl XLIV 2010, and have more than a dozen songs to encourage "the Boys". They made the artists of the Times Picayune sketch historic New Orleans radio host who passed away in 2005, Buddy DeLiberto, in a dress (like he promised if the Saints ever won). This is much different attire from the brown lunch bag he encouraged fans to wear when the Saints lost their games. Of course, some Louisiana historians believe the real reason why the Saints never won was because the Superdome ...Read More

Gelato Pazzo Caffe

Restaurant | "Best Gelato Parlor on Oak Street"

Gelato Pazzo Caffe Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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Gelato Pazzo Cafe is a family-owned and operated restaurant and Italian ice cream parlor on Oak Street, not too far from the Stop N' Whistle store. It has paninis, salads, Italian coffee, and gelato. The gelato flavors are written in Italian, but, luckily for those who aren't fluent in Italian, you can tell what the flavors are by the pictures. For a large cup of gelato, it's under five dollars. The other gelato sizes are medium and baby. The shop is decorated in a bright and colorful atmosphere with a red silk canopy above the seating area, and large windows where the sunlight pours through. Pictures of Italian scenery decorate the wall, and chess trophys are above the counter. I'm not sure ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 14, 2010

Gelato Pazzo Caffe
8115 Oak St.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70118
(504) 304-6908

Skip N' Whistle

Attraction | "Best Souvenir Clothing Store"

Skip N' Whistle Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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Oak Street is a quaint echo of Magazine Street with its bustling little shops and cafe life, except more north from the Mississippi River. There's not many parking options; you can park on the sides of the street or on the side streets. Some parking spots are pay by the hour, but if you go further down the street, you can find free parking spots. Skip N' Whistle is, in my opinion, one of the best off-the-beaten-path souvenir clothing stores because their unique apparel that captures bits and pieces of New Orleans heritage. They are open on Tuesday through Friday from 11am to 6pm, and Saturday from 10am to 7pm. With pre-season beginning for the Saints, New Orleans' football team, fans ha...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 14, 2010

Skip N' Whistle
8123 Oak Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70118
(504) 862-5909

Degas House

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Hotel | "Degas House (Circa 1852)"

Degas House Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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Esplanade Street. Large Creole mansions with beautiful gardens to rival the Garden District of Uptown. The houses are enormous. The architecture is beautiful with wrought-iron balconies and fences with fleur-de-lis symbols. One house stands out. Well, not really. It'll blend in with its Creole house surroundings, but if you look for the sign in front or two houses that have a brick alley between them, you'll find it. The Degas House is the home of Edgar Degas' uncle Michele Musson. Degas came to New Orleans around 1872-1873. During this time, he was redefining himself as a painter and was having eye problems. In New Orleans, the city was recovering from the Civil War. During his stay in New O...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 3, 2005

Degas House
2306 ESPLANADE AVE
New Orleans, Louisiana 70119
504-821-5009

The Roosevelt Hotel New Orleans

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Hotel | "Fairmont / Roosevelt Hotel"

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Formerly known as the Roosevelt Hotel and since 2009 once again became the Roosevelt Hotel, the Fairmont Hotel is a great place to stay. There are great views of the Orpheus Theater with the drama, comedy, and tragedy masks hidden in the architecture. The rooms were very clean and neat. Our room had two beds, a spacious bathroom, a tv, and plenty of closet space (a woman's dream). There were also magazines advertising local places sitting on the nightstand. Elevators and moving stairs decorate the walls along with the beautiful carnival paintings between sofas and capitols. You can pick from several restaurants, and there's also a new John Besh Italian cusine restaurant. They also opened up the S...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 27, 2005

The Roosevelt Hotel New Orleans
123 Baronne St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70112
(504) 648-1200

Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville

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Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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"Some of it's magic, some of it's tragic, but I had a good life all the way"~Jimmy Buffett When I was younger, my grandmother made me listen to the oldies. Eventually, as I got older, I started to like the oldies and Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville was one of them. My French Club and I found the place wasn't crowded, so we went in. We were really going to Cafe Maspero, but the colorful place caught my teacher's eye. There are brilliant colors with all of his songs. There is a beach house (Creole cottage is what it looks like) on the moon, a plane with spinning wings, and a margarita glass above pirates and sharks. The menu ranges from $10 to at least $20 to cover...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 28, 2006

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

Copeland's Cheesecake Bistro

Restaurant | "Best Cheesecake in New Orleans"

Copeland's Cheesecake Bistro Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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Copeland's Cheesecake Bistro is one of my favorite restaurants on St. Charles Avenue. It also has free valet parking, and has really interesting booths that are shaped like a croissant. There are many things to eat from here. Appetizers are spinach and artichoke dip and creamy crabcakes. Entrees are several varieties of brick-oven pizzas, salads, soups, California wraps, burgers, steaks, seafood platters, and sandwiches. Then, of course, for dessert, comes the cheesecake! My favorite is the Signature Cheesecake, which has white chocolate strawberries and strawberry sauce. Other deserts include white chocolate bread pudding, fudge brownies, German chocolate cake, banana split, and carrot cake. Cof...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 18, 2009

Copeland's Cheesecake Bistro
2001 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
(504) 593-9955

Antoine's

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Antoine's Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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"History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days." ~Winston Churchill Antoine's had been family-owned ever since it opened. I knew the Queen of Shangri-La 31st, so she was hosting a party in one of its dining rooms. Antoine's is known for its superior service. There are six dining rooms. My favorites are the Japan Room, the Mystery Room, and Roy Alciatore Room. The gumbo the waiters served was great! The food was New Orleans-style, with gumbo and seafood dishes. And the staff is more than happy to give a free tour of the restaurant, which I highly recommend is a m...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 20, 2005

Antoine's
725 St. Louis St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
+1 504 581 4044

Central Grocery Co.

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Central Grocery Co. Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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"New Orleans food is as delicious is as the less criminal forms of sin" --Mark Twain. Established in 1906, the Central Grocery Co. is a blast from the past. The Italian delicatessen has world-famous muffalettas. When you enter through the small, old-world store's doors and stand in a line, wrapping around a variety of items,you gaze around the charming grocery. Posters written in Italian display Italian cities. Toward the back is a row of bars and stools with drink machines, decorated with pictures of celebrities who have tried a muffaletta. One famous star is Henry Winkler, and his picture is near the counter on the right side. Next to him is Bob Hope and his wife Dolores. A muffaletta is a sandwi...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 3, 2005

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

Cafe Du Monde

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Cafe Du Monde Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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"Chocolate, men, coffee - some things are better rich." ~Author UnknownSince 1862, this French coffee stand has been serving cafe au laits and beignets, French powdered doughnuts. The Cafe is near the Jackson Square. I went to mass at the St. Louis Cathedral around eleven o'clock one Sunday evening and ate beignets afterwards. Coffee with chicory and half hot milk is also served. It is open 24 hours daily. Early morning crowds flood the place until after 11am or so. I recommend coming early or try to fight the crowds. The waiters move around quickly and the outdoor section has its tables close together, so watch out that you don't collide into them. When trying a beignet, don't wear any fancy cloth...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 3, 2005

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

French Quarter

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Attraction | "The French Quarter's Decatur Street"

French Quarter Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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"Duct tape is like the force. It has a light side, a dark side, and it holds the universe together." ~Carl Zwanzig Of all the streets in the French Quarter, Decatur Street is one that you cannot miss. Once called Levee Street until 1870, the street was named after Commodore Stephen Decatur in the US Navy who became a hero because of his tactics against Algerian pirates at Tripoli on the notthern coast of Africa. There are many things to see and do on this street: 1. At the heart of New Orleans, you'll find the Jackson Square, a bronze statue of Andrew Jackson, the hero of the Battle of New Orleans/ War of 1912, and the St. Louis Cathedral. 2. Even if you're not Catholic, the Cathed...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 16, 2005

French Quarter

New Orleans, Louisiana

French Market

Attraction | "The French Market"

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"You reply to anything and everything about life here with, "Only in New Orleans"." ~From You Know You're From New Orleans If.. The Italians of New Orleans used to sell their goods in the French Market. Why it was called French instead of Italian is possibly because New Orleans was founded by the French. The French Market has much to offer. The market sells food products such as pralines (you have to try it), city books, and other things as you progress through the lanes. A praline is a type of candy that makes your mouth water. Once you try one, it has you addicted, like chocolate. Aunt Loretta's Praline Shop, where you can buy chocolate, regular, and other kinds of pralines, is in the Fren...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 20, 2005

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

The Shops at Canal Place

Attraction | "Upscale Mall and Movie Theater"

The Shops at Canal Place Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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The Shops at Canal Place is located across the street from the Audubon Insectarium, and Harrah's Casino. It is actually attached to the Westin Hotel, and has three floors of upscale shopping boutiques, a food court, and a movie theater. The shops included are Saks Fifth Avenue, Mignon Faget, New Orleans Knots, Mrs. Field's Cookie Company, and so much more. The Theaters at Canal Place has been revamped since May of 2010. With comfortable high back red leather seats, digital surround sound projectors, and a personal waiter to bring guests anything from a cosmopolitan to a full-course Mediterranean meal when you press a magical button on the seat. Situated on the third floor for guests‘ ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 19, 2011

The Shops at Canal Place
333 Canal Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
(504) 522-9200

Royal Street

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Attraction | "The French Quarter's Royal Street"

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"The street was empty, but from Royal Street there came the hum of a trolley that rose to a staggering clatter, passed on and away..."--Tennessee Williams. A quick way to get to Royal Street is by walking to the St. Louis Cathedral, moving through one of its narrow alleys. I'd suggest Pirate's Alley, the alley near the Cabildo, because of its historical value. Pirate's Alley was named after Jean Lafitte, the pirate (privateer) who assisted Andrew Jackson in the Battle of New Orleans. The alley has the William Faulkner bookstore and a look at the Pere Antoine's Gardens. When dueling for gambling dets or a pretty woman, Frenchmen of high class would duel with swords to the death in this garden. The ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 16, 2005

Royal Street
Royal Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
+1 800 672 6124

New Orleans Museum of Art

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Attraction | "New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA)"

New Orleans Museum of Art Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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"Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen." ~Leonardo da Vinci New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) is an exciting place to see different styles of art from all around the globe. Many of the traveling exhibits often showcase food, dancing, paintings, photographs, sculptures, movies, and even a celebration day of a heritage from around the world. One culture I remember was a Japanese Heritage Day that had drummers in front of the steps, the Kaminiari Taiko (I think), that played ceremonial drums. Inside was anime cartoons in one corner, a Bonsai display, Ikebana (flower arrangements), a place where they wrote your name in Japanese, a...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 18, 2005

New Orleans Museum of Art
1 Collins Diboll Circle
New Orleans, Louisiana 70124
+1 504 488 2631

Natchez Steamboat

Attraction | "Steamboat Natchez"

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Tina Turner's song "Rolling On the River" was probably written for the Natchez because it rolls along the waves of the Mississippi. I can't tell you how many times I felt like I was going up and down the waves when I was on land. The Natchez is an authentic steam sternwheeler with a steam calliope that plays music above, an engine room, and a gift shop with decks full of chairs. I have often come with my middle school during Christmas, where local schools perform and have a tour of the Mississippi. I was one of the schools, but I'm not sure if my high school does it. The first deck below is usually the wettest, since it's close to where the water is. A buffet is optional, which comes along with your t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 20, 2005

Natchez Steamboat
2 Canal St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
504) 586-8777

Pirate's Alley Cigar Shop

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Attraction | "Pirate's Alley Shops"

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Pirate's Alley is the quaint little alley between the St. Louis Cathedral and Cabildo that has some interesting history about it. The alley was where pirates and privateers sold their goods here. A famous privateer (not pirate) would be Jean Lafitte. Some people find it very interesting how the black market was in between the Governor's Mansion, and the St. Louis Cathedral. Today, you can stroll down the quaint, narrow cobblestone alley. A cafe where a tour meets is next to William Faulkner Book House. The Book House is very small. I'm not kidding when I mean small. An adult elephant could fit inside the room. The books there are pricy. This is the place where I first bought my first Anne...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 23, 2005

Pirate's Alley Cigar Shop
622 Pirate's Alley
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
+1 504 566 1444

Rodrigue Studio

Attraction | "Rodrigue Studio with the Blue Dog"

Rodrigue Studio Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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"The world today doesn't make sense, so why should I paint pictures that do?" ~Pablo Picasso After cutting through Pirate's Alley to get to Royal Street, you see a picture of a blue dog. Don't be frightened. The Blue Dog is known throughout New Orleans as a creation of George Rodrigue. George Rodrigue, a Cajun painter, began painting the landscapes of beautiful Arcadia and followed with the cultural scenes of Cajuns and their way of life. Then, he had an idea. Based on his beloved pet Tiffany, Rodrigue wanted to paint a picture of a scary loup garou (a Cajun werewolf) that inhabited the marshes of Arcadia. In the first picture, the artist painted a grayish-blue dog at night that many people...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 27, 2005

Rodrigue Studio
721 Royal St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
+1 504 581 4244

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In 1869, an interesting story appeared in the Picayune newspaper. According to this article, two men met at the base of the Andrew Jackson Monument at Jackson Square. By this time, the statue had been dedicated for 13 years already. One of the men saw an iron pin sticking out of the granite blocks. The man who found that pushed the pin with his cane, and both men uncovered a secret door! It was a five-foot by five-foot small chamber filled with gold bars, silver coins, and many chests filled with diamonds. They wondered where the treasure inside had come from. Their guessed included from pirates to a foreign prince's. The answer was in the newspaper. The date was April 1.
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In 1788, New Orleans was a prospering city. This story takes place on Good Friday, or March 21st. For Vincent Jose Nunez, the military treasurer for New Orleans, he was really having a bad day. In his home on Chartres Street, a block away from the St. Louis Cathedral, a fire broke out when the wind blew a lace curtain over a candle on his private altar. In only a short time the entire house was ablaze, and a strong wind caused the fire to spread rapidly. So rapidly that it spread to the entire city block was quickly engulfed in flames. Explosions caused storage of gun powder and ammunition in private homes caused the fire to leap across the city streets from one place to another. By night...Read More