New Orleans Journals

First Time in New Orleans, First Mardi Gras

A January 2002 trip to New Orleans by vegaschick

Quote: We went to New Orleans for a long weekend to see the sights, and try the food.

First Time in New Orleans, First Mardi Gras

Overview

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The Essential City Tour is a great way to get an overview of the city, and plan what you want to do next. We also enjoyed gambling in Harrah's. The Mardi Gras parades were also fun, and gave us an opportunity to see some New Orleans culture. We learned 3 days is not enough time to do everything.

Quick Tips:

The Essential City Tour is a great way to get an overview of the city, and plan what you want to do next.

Best Way To Get Around:

After taking a taxi from the airport to our hotel in the French Quarter, we walked everywhere. I certainly wouldn't try to drive here!
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This is a very old, quaint, charming hotel. We shared a small terrace with 2 other rooms, and only saw 1 other person while out there. It was quiet, comfortable, and safe. We felt secluded, even though we were centrally located in the French Quarter. The entire staff was very helpful and friendly. Would definitely stay there again.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 30, 2002

Bienville House Hotel
320 DECATUR ST
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
1-504-5292345

Olivier's Creole Restaurant

Restaurant | "Olivier's"

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This is a wonderful Creole restaurant, with a third generation Olivier in the kitchen. The Eggplant Olivier appetizer was my favorite. The bread and homemade salad dressings were also good. Our server, Ashley, was great, too. I made sure to comment to the hostess about him when I left.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 30, 2002

Olivier's Creole Restaurant
204 Decatur St.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
(504) 525-7734

Mother's

Restaurant

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World famous Po' Boys! We strongly recommend the catfish, shrimp, and Famous Fergi Po' Boys. The homemade tartar sauce is fabulous. The sweet potato pie also gets a high recommendation.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 30, 2002

Mother's
401 Poydras St.
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
(504) 523-9656

Essential City Tour

Attraction

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This is a great overview of the city. It is a 2 hour bus tour with 2 stops, one at cemetary, and one at park concession. It ran longer than the 2 hours because of dropping people off at hotels, and letting traffic pass the bus when it backed up. Our guide, Sid, was a native of New Orleans, and was very informative and nice. He was glad to give restaurant recommendations, and additional local information.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 30, 2002

Essential City Tour
233 N. Peters
New Orleans, Louisiana

Harrah's New Orleans

Attraction | "Harrah's New Orleans Casino"

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A casino just like the ones in Las Vegas! Nice people at the slot club sign-up counter. I lost money, but it sounded like others were winning. A friend won $100.00 on a $1.00 slot machine after playing less than ten dollars.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 30, 2002

Harrah's New Orleans
8 Canal Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
(504) 533-6000