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Frolicking in the French Quarter

A September 2000 trip to New Orleans by Christina A. Parsons

New Orleans Nouveau Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana More Photos
Quote: New Orleans is a special place. The intricate lattice work of the wrought-iron gates, the overwhelming cathedrals, jazz music blaring from all corners, the smell of rotting beer and barf from the night before...It is a historical place characteristic of nothing but it's own.

Frolicking in the French Quarter

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Overview

New Orleans Nouveau Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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Depending on the time of year you visit New Orleans, be sure to make yourself familiar with what is going on in the French Quarter. (Locals affectionately refer to it as "th' coorta.") Mardi Gras is by far the most crazy time there. Also, if you have the time, be sure to branch out and visit the plantations. There is very rich history of the US nestled between the hills and vines. But New Orleans in general is full of the history as well. Especially with regard to the "Cities of the Dead," which are the standing tombs of the dead, some dating back to the 1700s! Voodoo Queen Marie Louveau is buried just outside of the Quarter and her influence is prevalent. Voodoo is a popular belief in that are...Read More

Hilton New Orleans Airport

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Hotel

Hilton New Orleans Airport Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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The hotel was just beautiful with crystal chandeliers, marble floors and more than hospitable staff. That southern charm is addicting! The hotel has a restaurant (try their jambalaya!), lounge and bar, fitness center and pool area. The rooms are spacious with the standard accomodations such as a television, dresser, desk, Internet connection, hairdryer, etc. For those who wish to spend more time in the French Quarter, I do not recommend this hotel as being convenient. It is about 12 miles from the Quarter. However, if you are covering a large area in New Orleans, this is a great option as you are central to the plantations, downtown and the Quarter. It is directly across the street from the air...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 1, 2001

Hilton New Orleans Airport
901 Airline Drive
New Orleans, Louisiana 70062
(504) 469-5000

Cafe Du Monde

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Restaurant

Cafe Du Monde Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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The Cafe du Monde is a very popular tourist attraction and gets is reputation from word of mouth recommendations. The cafe sits at a busy corner in the Quarter with jazz blaring out of the speakers. This is quite characteristic of the area and just adds even more charm to the small cafe. Inside, you will probably be overwhelmed by the number of people crammed into a small space, but they leave pretty quickly. Most people come either in the morning or in the afternoon for a quick snack of beignets (french donuts that are TO DIE FOR) and coffee. Four donuts were about 2 bucks when I visited in September 2000 and coffee was about the same, so it makes for a real reasonable (although not healthy) sna...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 1, 2001

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

French Quarter

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Attraction | "My own walking tour of The French Quarter"

French Quarter Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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I walked for four hours starting at about 9 a.m. The area was not crowded, jazz music filled the streets and the sun was shining, so I got to be outdoors and experience the French Quarter in its morning glory. The disgusting smells sometimes churned my stomach, but as soon as I was away from the "infested" area, it was fine. I walked up and down each street, looking at the wrough-iron balconies, unique homes and private gardens. I learned from locals that the French built the Quarter apartments to face inside gardens. This was to protect their privacy. There is the more residential section of the Quarter, which I explored, but the more lively section with the bars, restaurants, museums, shops an...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 1, 2001

French Quarter

New Orleans, Louisiana