Even though we have become partial to staying in condos with RCI and our timeshare, the chance to stay at a B and B on the French Quarter is a memory you will tell over and over. The French Market and Bourbon Street are not to be missed, either at Mardi Gras or any other time.
We arrived at our B and B by taxi, afforded by the B and B owners telling us to call them when we got to the airport. They have particular drivers who deliver you to their establishment. You must pay the taxi toll of approximately $27.
Upon arrival at the Banana Tree Courtyard B and B, you will be given a short tour down Esplanade and told where and where not to go and during what times is best. The lady of the B and B happens to exercise at 11:00 p.m. by walking the French Quarter and states she feels safe no matter where she goes. This we found out to be true.
What to explain about the experience of the French Quarter when so much can be seen and experienced? The food at any restaurant to include gumbo, steaks, hamburgers, even baked potatoes are a treat to feast upon.
Walking the French Quarter makes exercising loads of fun. The French Market is filled every day with bargains ranging from Mardi Gras attire to tourist "junk" to sweatshirts, t-shirts, coats, hats of any caliber, dresses, food, and more food. Don't miss the New Orleans coffee you can't buy anywhere, with chicory - the best there is.
The walk down Bourbon Street or any other street in the French Quarter needs to be cautioned, as the sidewalks are not even at any time - unless the owner of the property has them replaced on a year-to-year basis, the sidewalks will "rupture" due to the low sea level. In the morning, it's like a breath of fresh air, it is quiet and the owners are cleaning everywhere for the night events. The river front is filled with shops to tour and buy anything you desire. The sidewalk amusement is always there with acrobatic displays and singing. Jazz guitarists and the many desired "horn" sounds can be enjoyed or passed by to the next shop.
If you like people and like to watch people, New Orleans is the place to go. If you don't like people, but wish to experience New Orleans, ignore the crowd and enjoy anyway.