New Orleans Journals

New Orleans: comeback means it’s time to come back

A June 2008 trip to New Orleans by Jim Rosenberg

Blaine Kerns Mardi Gras World Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana More Photos
Quote: In the late summer of 2005, devastation and chaos from New Orleans became the images that burned into a lot of people's minds. It took awhile, but the party is back – the jazz, great food, kitsch, beads and cabarets.

French Quarter

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Attraction | "French Quarter Offers Something for Everyone"

French Quarter Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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You don’t need a plan in New Orleans. Just follow your senses to see, taste, hear and feel it. The French Quarter is relatively compact and while you don’t necessarily have to stay in the quarter, it’s worth something to stay within walking distance. (And as the vintage signs in novelty catalogues tell you, beware pickpockets and loose women.)First and foremost, New Orleans is one of America’s great places to eat. Restaurants follow the custom of posting their menus outside the door. Cajun and Creole cooking are king, but there is plenty of variety and the plethora of choices creates a level competition among chefs and establishments that takes culinary excellence to its highest levels...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 8, 2009

French Quarter

New Orleans, Louisiana

Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World

Attraction | "It's Mardi Gras all the time at Mardi Gras world"

Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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So you missed Mardi Gras? Don’t worry, because you can get an amazing backroom look at some of the festival at Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World. Take the free ferry at the end of Canal Street across to Algiers. For $17.50, you get a tour and a chance to peruse the artistry of Mardi Gras in this industrial-size workshop and repository of many oversized characters that make Carnival in New Orleans the world-class event that it is. Want to get a picture of yourself dressed up? There’s a room filled with costumes for you to suit up and a gift shop that handily outdoes the tacky souvenir shops you’ll find elsewhere. Mardi Gras World goes on your "A" list.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 8, 2009

Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World
1380 Port of New Orleans Place
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
(504) 361-7821

French Quarter Chateau LeMoyne Holiday Inn

Hotel | "A Truly Unique Property for a U.S. Holiday Inn"

French Quarter Chateau LeMoyne Holiday Inn Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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People accustomed to a cookie-cutter experience at a typical U.S. Holiday Inn location will be very surprised with the Chateau LeMoyne. This is an historic property and a significant share of the facilities were fashioned out of three townhouses dating back to 1847. The townhouses were designed by the same architect who oversaw the project of New Orleans' past city hall. The hotel is superbly located just a block off Bourbon Street in the heart of the French Quarter, so it is within easy walking distance of the Vieux Carre's sometimes bawdy night scene -- though we didn't notice it being a noisy place at night.We would compare it to a European hotel and on that basis, it would be a very de...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 8, 2009

French Quarter Chateau LeMoyne Holiday Inn
301 RUE DAUPHINE
New Orleans, Louisiana 70112
504-581-1303