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Doin' HR in the Big Easy

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A June 2009 trip to New Orleans by MilwVon

Touring the French Quarter by Horse & Carriage Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana More Photos
Quote: The 61st annual conference of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) brought me back to New Orleans. David joined me to share in the experiences of being in the Big Easy.

Uniquely Na' Orleans

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Metairie Cemetery Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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In a post Katrina New Orleans, it is good to know that most of what the city is known for appears unchanged. I say "appears" because after what happened to this city and her people, there had to be changes after the disaster of August 2005. I had been here in June/July 2004 and enjoyed my time in this friendly city. And while much of the media focuses on the continued plight of the city, I can tell you that during our stay, there was no time that we felt threatened or unsafe. Like any other big city that has poverty and crime, you have to be vigilant and aware of your surroundings, but do not allow the media reports to keep you away from this wonderful city!As for our visit, we did a l...Read More

Celebration Distillation

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Attraction | "Amazing Local Entrepreneurial Story"

Celebration Distillation Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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If you've read any of my other journals, you know that David and I enjoy touring local distilleries. We've done them in the Kentucky bourbon country and over in Scotland where they make Scotch whisky. Here they make rum . . . GOOD rum . . . Old New Orleans Rum. Perhaps the most remarkable for me, was this little 6,000 case per year New Orleans home grown operation just outside of the French Quarter.Founded in 1995 by local artist James Michalopoulos (http://www.michalopoulos.com/) and some of his artist & musician friends, this small treasure is producing some outstanding Louisiana rum using only locally grown products and keeping the "American Made" spirit alive in New Orleans....Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 5, 2009

Celebration Distillation
2815 Frenchman Street
New Orleans, Louisiana
(504) 954-9400

Airboat Adventures

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Attraction | "Fun Morning - Enjoyed Seeing the Swamp & Marshes"

David on Airboat Adventures Photo, Lafitte, Louisiana
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Airboat Adventures is one of several companies that offer an up close and personal view of the swamps of southern Louisiana. They are located about 30 minutes from the downtown and French Quarters areas of New Orleans. They have pick-up and return service for those who may be in town without a car. Add approximately $15 per person for this service.The tour we booked was the two hour swamp tour by airboat - - the large airboat. They have two sizes, with the smaller ones (capacity six) costing more than the larger ones (that hold approximately 12-15 people). They say that the smaller boats can go into smaller, tighter places than the larger boats, but based on our tour experience, I'm n...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 5, 2009

River Road's Plantations of Louisiana

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Oak Alley Cafe Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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If you are planning a trip to New Orleans, include setting aside at least a half day to tour a couple of the plantations that this area of Louisiana is known for. They can be found along both sides of the Mississippi River about 45 to 60 minutes from New Orleans.We started our morning with Oak Alley Plantation, a restored antebellum mansion located near Vacherie, LA. With the property opening to the public at 10:00am, we arrived a few minutes early so that we could pay our admission and go enjoy a leisurely breakfast in their cafe. For guests staying on the property in one of the cottages, the restaurant opens at 8:30am.This particular mansion was built in 1839 although the ...Read More

La Belle Maison

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Hotel | "Wyndham Resort's Newest Timeshare in New Orleans"

La Belle Maison Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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As a recently new Wyndham Timeshare points owner, I felt lucky to be able to us my points contract (77k) plus 28,500 more I had to "rent" from a timeshare internet friend, we had enough to book a studio unit for six nights in New Orleans for what roughly was $700. Not bad, approximately $120/night as compared to conference hotels averaging over $175/night.Our unit was on the third floor and wasn't in a particularly good or bad location. We were at the end of a hallway, and down a small half-flight of stairs. The studio unit was the side of a lock-off unit (a larger two bedroom unit) with another family in the other 1BR side. The "lock-off" door provides privacy, so no worries about bein...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 29, 2009

La Belle Maison
515 Gravier Street
New Orleans, Louisiana