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Weekend in New Orleans (NOT Mardi Gras)

An April 2002 trip to New Orleans by Olya

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Quote: Three days in New Orleans. Gumbo, Zydeco, swamps and beignets.

Weekend in New Orleans (NOT Mardi Gras)

Overview

Local house Photo, New Orleans, Louisiana
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Make sure to venture out of the French Quarter and see the Garden District to look at the big white houses with porches and swings. Also, if time permits, drive out to Houma, LA to get a feeling of small town LA. Every other Friday there's free music and food on the main street (by Balcony Bar).

Quick Tips:

You can buy daiquiris in the movie theaters!

Best Way To Get Around:

If you are not going to venture out of the French Quarter, there's no need for a car. Some hotels offer rides to swamp tours. Make sure to ride the streetcar even if you have nowhere to go. It's great!

Elizabeth's

Restaurant

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This wonderful tiny cafe/diner has a slogan they really live up to: "Real Food Done Real Good". If you ever crave southern comfort food while in NOLA, this is the place to go. Elizabeth's is located in the Bywater neighborhood and aside from the superb!! food gives you a chance to explore this area. Breakfast and lunch, no credit cards accepted.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 18, 2002

Elizabeth's
601 Gallier Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70117
(504) 944-9272

Jean Lafitte National Historical Park

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Attraction | "Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve"

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Start off with a short film (free) that is shown in the visitors center "Jambalaya, A Delta Almanac". It's about 20-30 minutes long with great music (you will learn to love Zydeco), and a wonderful short history of the area. Take a stroll on the boardwalk. It leads you from the swamp to the marsh--the guide or the ample brochures in the visitors center as well as the signs along the boardwalk will tell the you what the difference is. There are also plenty of hiking trails that you can explore on your own. Apparently this area is considered to be the subtropics and you will see why. If I were to use just one word to describe this park, it'd be green, since everything is including the water.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 18, 2002

Jean Lafitte National Historical Park
419 Decatur Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
(504) 589-3882