New Orleans Journals

New Orleans' French Quarter

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A June 2009 trip to New Orleans by MilwVon

St Peter House Hotel Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana More Photos
Quote: This seven by 13 block area along the Mississippi River is rich in history and culture. This trip journal features just a few of the gems we experienced during our visit to the Crescent City.

Get Out and Experience The Quarter!

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Touring the French Quarter by Horse & Carriage Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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The French Quarter of New Orleans is really not very French at all. While discovered and initially settled under French rule, most of the buildings here today were built during the Spanish era in Louisiana. This is due to two significant fires that took place during the 18th century.The ornate decorative buildings are wonderful examples of the architecture of the period and today are protected under the designation as a National Historic Landmark. Additionally, there are many buildings (like St Peter House Hotel where we stayed) that are designated as National Historic Sites.Many of the buildings are colorful and have beautiful balconies and "galleries" on the exterior that ...Read More

New Orleans School of Cooking

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Attraction | "Do NOT Miss This Experience!"

New Orleans School of Cooking Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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I say experience and yet, have chosen to write about it as an attraction. I also noted someone had listed it as a restaurant here on IgoUgo too. Truth is, it is a restaurant . . . an attraction . . . a store . . . and an experience right in the French Quarter! Of all of the things we did during our week in New Orleans, this will be the one thing that will stand out as the highest highlight of an outstanding week there.When I first heard about the New Orleans School of Cooking and called to make our reservation a couple of months ago, I was very disappointed to learn that they may not do the class on Fourth of July due to the holiday. Since this was the only day we had available over lu...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 5, 2009

New Orleans School of Cooking
524 St. Louis Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
(504) 525-2665

Louisiana State Museum

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Attraction | "Exploration into the History of Louisiana"

Louisiana State Museum Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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The Louisiana State Museum is actually a collection of five located around the state. This one that we visited is right in the French Quarter in the Cabildo which is adjacent to the Saint Louis Cathedral overlooking Jackson Square.First a bit about the building itself, which is a National Historical Landmark (1963) in its own right. It was built in the late 1700's during the Spanish rule of Louisiana and it served as the city council and government offices. It was also here that the Louisiana Purchase transaction took place in 1803 when America acquired Louisiana.Today the building stands full restored after a devastating fire back in 1988. Reopened in 1994 as a museum, it ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 5, 2009

Louisiana State Museum
751 Chartres St
New Orleans, Louisiana
(504) 568-6968

Dining in the French Quarter

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Star Steak & Lobster Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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While most of our time in New Orleans was spent outside of the French Quarter, we did venture across Canal Street into The Quarter for some meals. There are a lot of very famous places to eat in New Orleans, many of them in the French Quarter. Perhaps most notably are Pat O'Brien’s . . . known for their hurricanes . . . and Brennan’s . . . the originator of bananas foster. While we did walk by both of these establishments, we wanted to experience something a little less commercial and who participated in the Restaurant.com marketing program.The restaurants that we enjoyed included Oceana Grill and The Alpine, which are owned by the same company and feature almost the identical menus. S...Read More

St Peter House Hotel

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Hotel | "Nice Value Priced Lodging in the French Quarter"

St Peter House Hotel Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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During our weeklong stay in New Orleans, we were in a timeshare outside of the French Quarter for six of the seven nights. For our last night, I wanted to experience staying "in the Quarter" so I looked for a B&B type experience. With the Essence Festival in town, most hotels and other lodging providers had a two or three night stay minimum. Add to that, we were there over the July 4th holiday weekend. We were lucky to find this hotel for a single night via Hotels.com, especially since their web site rack rate was showing at $159 to $219/night for a one room accommodation for two. We paid $92.27 including taxes and booking fees.The location of St. Peters is not at the hustle and b...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 5, 2009

St Peter House Hotel
1005 ST PETER STREET
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
504-524-9232