New Orleans Journals

Eat, Drink and Be Merry

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A travel journal to New Orleans by mfs

Bourbon Street Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana More Photos
Quote: The Big Easy ranks among the world’s top cities in my book, and is a delight for any traveler looking to indulge the senses. Take in the jazz, the food, the culture, the history and the party atmosphere.

Eat, Drink and Be Merry

Overview

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Don’t be surprised if you get culture shock when you arrive in New Orleans. A multitude of languages can be heard on the streets and an even larger array of cuisines greets you in the 600+ restaurants in this fine American city. New Orleans is defined by its history as an entrepot for Europeans and Africans and melds the cultures of both together to create a unique experience for any visitor. New Orleans is also the birthplace of jazz and possesses some of the finest examples of antebellum homes in the U.S. Quick Tips: Crime is very high so be aware of your surroundings. Try the crawfish and Po' Boy sandwiches.Best Way To Get Around: Walking is the preferred method of transportat...Read More

French Quarter Courtyard

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Hotel | "The French Quarter Courtyard Hotel"

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One of New Orleans’ best kept secrets, the French Quarter Courtyard Hotel is a European style hotel at the very edge of the French Quarter. The hotel’s real charm comes from its beautiful courtyard and swimming pool. The courtyard provides a quiet respite from the clamor of New Orleans and is an excellent place to unwind and chat with friends or a significant other. The Lagniappe bar is very nice as well. The bartender is a great conversationalist and my friend and I sat there for a few hours talking politics with her and watching a marathon of The Stranger on the Sci-Fi Channel. The hotel is pet friendly and the rooms are clean and quiet...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 22, 2001

French Quarter Courtyard
(Closed) 1101 N Rampart St.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
(504) 522-7333

The Patio Motel

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Hotel | "Best Western Patio Downtown"

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The Best Western is a couple of miles to the northwest of the French Quarter in a rather depressed section of town with little ambience and no nearby restaurants or bars. The hotel’s only saving grace is that it offers a free shuttle to the French Quarter, however you usually have to catch a cab back in the evenings since the shuttle doesn’t run very late and only makes two pickups a day. The hotel does have a rather small pool and a Jacuzzi, but your money is better spent at more traditional hotel like the French Quarter Courtyard or a classier high-rise hotel like the Marriott. The location of this hotel just stinks, but it’s...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on March 22, 2001

The Patio Motel
2820 TULANE AVENUE
New Orleans, Louisiana 70119
504-822-0200

Marriott New Orleans

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Hotel | "Marriott"

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The Marriott is ideally located at edge of the French Quarter and is within short walking distance of all major attractions including the Aquarium of the Americas, the Riverwalk, the French Market and Bourbon Street. The staff is courteous and responsive and the accommodations inline with other Marriott hotels. Marriott is great for business travelers since you can always count on a small desk and access to the Internet. Cafe du Marche in the center of the hotel is a great place to have a quiet drink before heading out into the chaos of the French Quarter. If you are looking for an authentic New Orleans experience, however, don’t look for it here—try one of the smaller hotels in the French Quarter...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 22, 2001

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

Cafe Du Monde

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Restaurant | "Café Du Monde"

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The Original Cafe du Monde Coffee Stand was established in 1862 in the New Orleans French Market. The Cafe is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week (except Christmas). The only items available at Café Du Monde are coffee and chicory, beignets, white and chocolate milk, and fresh squeezed orange juice. The coffee is served Black or Au Lait. But don’t let the limited menu discourage you. Beignets, for the uninitiated, are one the great delicacies of the modern world. These fritters are square pieces of dough, fried and covered with powdered sugar. They are served in orders of three. Substandard variants are available at street fairs around the world a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 22, 2001

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

Pat O'Brien's

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Attraction | "Pat O’Briens"

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Pat O’Briens is the home of the famous (or infamous if you ever had too many of them on an empty stomach) Hurricane—a fiery red concoction of alcohol and fruit juice served in a tall glass with several straws (with a $6 or so pricetag). Pat O’s is kind of like a Disneyesque version of a bar with six different areas to drink, each with an individual theme and corresponding crowd. The Piano Bar is the most memorable section of this drinking establishment. Here you can find raucous entertainment provided by Mr. Eddie Gabriel. A 60-year veteran employee, Mr. Eddie takes his place on the stage between the two pianos to play his aluminum tray with thimbled finger...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 22, 2001

Pat O'Brien's
718 St. Peter Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
(504) 525-4823

New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum

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Attraction | "The Voodoo Museum"

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New Orleans is Madame Laveau’s town. The Great Marie Laveau was born in New Orleans in 1794 and died in New Orleans on June 15th, 1881. A free woman of color, she became the most famous and powerful Voodoo Queen in the world, so powerful that she acclaimed herself the Pope of Voodoo in the 1830s. She was respected and feared by thousands, including the Catholic Church. Today, the Museum of Voodoo stands as a monument to her influence. The museum, of course, is connected to the largest voodoo gift shop in the world. Here you can buy all types of goodies to perform various rituals for good or evil including gris-gris bags, love potions and, of course, voodoo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 22, 2001

New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum
724 Dumaine St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
+1 504 523 7685

The Bulldog

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Attraction

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The Bulldog makes a great resting point once you have walked all over the Garden District and seen the two university campuses. You can taste beers from all over the world and rub elbows with students and beer aficionados. This dark, homey pub doubles as an international beer tavern, with numerous beers on draught and over 200 in a bottle including both Louisiana microbreweries Abita and Rikenjaks. They also serve decent food if you can’t make it another step. After a couple of drinks, you can conveniently jump on the historic streetcar and head back down St. Charles Avenue towards the French Quarter.

Tel: 504-891-1516

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 22, 2001

The Bulldog
1017 Pleasant St
New Orleans, Louisiana 7011
504-891-1516

O'Flaherty's Irish Channel

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Attraction | "O’Flaherty’s Irish Channel Centre & Pub"

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O'Flaherty's Tel: 504-529-1317 "Where the Celtic Nations meet" is the theme of this fine drinking establishment in the heart of the French Quarter. I happened upon this bastion of Gaelic culture with a group of friends while looking for a place to throw darts. What I found was a truly memorable Irish pub that is known for good beer, warm food and the best "trad" (or traditional Irish music) in the southern United States (check with bartender for a schedule). O’Flaherty’s is a sort of Celtic complex including a courtyard, two separate pubs, a ballad room and a restaurant and after a couple of pints and some music, you can head over...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 22, 2001

O'Flaherty's Irish Channel
514 Toulouse St
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
+1 504 529 1317

Lafayette Cemetery

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Attraction

Lafayette Cemetery Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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Located between Washington Avenue, Prytania, Chestnut, and Sixth Streets in the Garden District No trip to the Garden District is complete without a visit to Lafayette Cemetery—a veritable museum of above-ground tombs. Since New Orleans is below sea level, it is necessary to bury the dead in these vaults. The close proximity of each sarcophagus to its neighbor makes for an interesting several hours exploring the silent history of 19th century New Orleans. Lafayette Number One is the resting place of denizens of the New Orleans suburb known as "Uptown." The names of the residents of this strange tourist attraction are mostly of Irish and German extraction rather than French. For older ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 22, 2001

Lafayette Cemetery
1400 block of Washington Ave
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
(504) 525-3377

Crescent City Brewhouse

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Attraction

Crescent City Brewhouse Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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In operation since 1991, the Crescent City Brewhouse is the only French Quarter microbrewery, but there’s more than just beer here. The atmosphere at the Crescent City Brewhouse is warm, relaxed and festive with live jazz performed nightly by local musicians. The restaurant is quite good if you’re in the mood for some simple American fare like hamburgers or chicken sandwiches (although you can get regional specialties here as well). This brewery cum restaurant is located on the well-touristed stretch between the Riverwalk Marketplace and Jax Brewery (a converted brewery that now houses a mall) not too far from the Hard Rock Café. A bastion of G...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 22, 2001

Crescent City Brewhouse
527 Decatur Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
(504) 522-0571

Riverwalk Marketplace Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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Riverwalk Marketplace #1 Poydras Street, Suite 101 New Orleans, LA 70130 Tel: 504-522-1555 I would normally never recommend anyone visit a mall while on vacation, but there is this one exception. The Riverwalk is located on the Mississippi River at the edge of the French Quarter and offers amazing views of the river and its bustling traffic (although this can get a little dangerous since once a ship actually rammed the mall). The Marketplace is segmented in four long rectangular sections attached end-to-end so it’s a hike from start to finish, but luckily you’ll find the food court at the end where you can sip ch...Read More
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Also known as Vieux Carre, the French Quarter is the heart and soul of New Orleans and is one of the oldest historic districts in the New World. Along the southern edge of the Quarter, the Mississippi River timelessly flows, while Rampart, Esplanade and Canal Streets border the district to the north, east and west respectively, thus laying a tight 10 block square full of history, intrigue, excellent dining and countless bars. The French Quarter, a place of narrow cobblestone streets, refined beauty and antiquated buildings rich in character, is the perfect introduction to the sights and sounds of New Orleans. The French Quarter primary architectural attraction is the collection two-story buildings ...Read More

Decadent Bourbon Street

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Bourbon Street Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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Bourbon Street is probably one of the most recognized boulevards in the world and everything you have heard is true. You can choose to eat at a five star restaurant or take in a live sex show. Bourbon Street is a medley of contrasts. Every sort of person can be found here from the wealthiest magnate to the homeless beggar - the pedestrian-only street is packed every night with drunken men and women staggering from one watering hole to another. Stay away from Bourbon Street during the humid daylight hours since the streets are only nominally cleaned up after the previous night’s revelry and the smell can be quite ghastly. The main attraction is, of course, the long strip of bars that line the stree...Read More

French Market

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French Market Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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French Market 1100 block of N. Peters (French Quarter) New Orleans, LA No visit to New Orleans is complete without a leisurely stroll through the oldest continually operating open-air market in the United States. The French Market is a feast for the senses. Originally started by the Choctaw to trade with the Europeans, the market is full of history and tradition. Inside the arches of this attractive structure are countless and varied herbs and spices, fresh fruits and vegetables and an endless assortment of knickknacks, tchochkes and souvenirs. Just outside the French market is an esplanade is home to one of the largest public flea m...Read More

Garden District

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Loyola University Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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Mark Twain described the Garden District as follows: “These mansions stand in the center of large grounds and rise, garlanded with roses, out of the midst of swelling masses of shining green foliage and many-colored blossoms. No houses could well be in better harmony with their surroundings, or more pleasing to the eye.” A day strolling the Garden District is well spent. The Garden District runs from Magazine Street to St. Charles Avenue and from Jackson Avenue to Louisiana Avenue. It comprises one of the best-preserved collections of historic mansions in the South -- if not the entire country. Some of the more interesting homes include: Payne House (1134 First Street) which is a double-galleried Gr...Read More