48 hours in Nola review

Old Jan 23rd, 2022, 09:06 AM
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48 hours in Nola review

Visiting NOLA mid Feb early Saturday to late Monday. Thinking of the following

Saturday 2/19

Wila Jean
Nola museum of art
Roosevelt hotel bar
GW fins


Sunday 2/20

Jazz brunch at arnaulds or French 75?
Ogden museum
St Louis cathedral
Seaworthy and ace hotel lobby bar or compere labinor or peche seafood

Monday 2/21

WW2 museum
Peche seafood or Cochon butcher
Carousel bar
Herbsaint

any help with some of the restaurants? Anything major I am missing?
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Old Jan 23rd, 2022, 10:47 AM
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I loved New Orleans and want badly to return. Like you, we had only a short time. You have listed museums and famous bars and that may be right for you.
Two things that I feel gave us the most feeling for past times, life and culture in New Orleans was a tour of a historic home and a tour of one of the old cemeteries. Both had fantastic and very knowledgeable guides, who told great stories about people and history, cultural customs, etc. They did not take a lot of time.

We chose the Herman-Grima House. It is nearly in the center of town, easy to get to. Although the furnishings were interesting, it was seeing how things were done, how society functioned, how business worked, the role of women, slaves, etc., probably one of the more interesting tours I have taken. I highly recommend it and would likely substitute it for one of the museums. If they are as good as that tour, I would love to see more historic homes.

We took the old trolley out to a Cemetery and hooked up with a guide just starting a tour. It was informative and fun. You do want a Guide! The stones are artistic. It really connected to the people who built and created New Orleans and even to current famous people from NOLA. The guide we had was so enthusiastic and would walk and talk as long as you would listen, but was OK with people who needed a shorter tour. We are older, and got tired and hungry after about an hour, so left to find food.

A short walk from the cemetery was a wonderful restaurant where we had lunch. It was featured on one of the TV food shows. If I can remember the name, I will post it, but it was about a 10/15 minute walk from the trolley stop. Food was interesting and good.

Food in NOLA is scrumptious! Even French fries come with sauce and spices. I was in heaven. My poor DH, who does not like anything spicy and does not eat shell fish, shrimp, etc., struggled to find plain things on menus.
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Old Jan 23rd, 2022, 12:14 PM
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We were in New Orleans December 2021 and would happily make a return. Cochon Butcher is a terrific choice near the WWII museum. Busy. Lively. Fun. All four of us enjoyed every dish we tried. (We went twice to the museum, enjoying a pleasant lunch in the restaurant there on the other visit.)

Another highlight was a private culinary history walking tour—fascinating two hours learning about the many influences on the notable cuisine of the area. We did stop at Cafe du Monde when the wait wasn’t too long and at Leah’s for pralines.

No plans for a beignet or two?
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Old Jan 30th, 2022, 07:06 PM
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We were in New Orleans December 2021 and would happily make a return. Cochon Butcher is a terrific choice near the WWII museum. Busy. Lively. Fun. All four of us enjoyed every dish we tried. (We went twice to the museum, enjoying a pleasant lunch in the restaurant there on the other visit.)

Another highlight was a private culinary history walking tour—fascinating two hours learning about the many influences on the notable cuisine of the area. We did stop at Cafe du Monde when the wait wasn’t too long and at Leah’s for pralines.

No plans for a beignet or two?

Thanks! Adding the H-G house now.

can I go in and out of WW2 Museum (like would my ticket be good all day)? Or is it just like if you leave you can’t get back.

do I need to buy there or Odgen or NOLA Art Museum in advance?
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We purchased our WWII museum tickets at the museum. Upon entry, you receive a small clip button to wear during your visit. While we did not leave the museum complex on either of the two days we visited, I believe the button proves your payment and allows re-admission.
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Can anyone comment on safety as a single male walking alone Sat and Sunday nights from Eliza Jane to GW Fins and Arnaulds near Bourbon Street? I have dinner reservations there at 615 and 630 and then will likely walk home around 8.
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