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JILL Nov 20th, 1998 10:14 PM

Aussies with 4 days in New Orleans. What to do?
 
We are heading to New Orleans in mid January after having 3 spent 3 weeks in Pennsylvania. Being "40 something year olds", with lots of energy for walking and limited finances (we have accommodation booked in the French Quarter), what do you recommend we should do or see?

JoAnn Nov 21st, 1998 04:58 AM

Couple of websites to check into <BR>www.nola.com www.nawlins.com <BR>We were there in Sept., walked to everything in the Quarter. Get a Fodor or Frommers book on New Orleans and take their walking trips thru the Quarter AND the Garden district. Take a ride on the St. Charles street car to the end. Eat at Mike Anderson's on Bourbon (great food & not too expensive), Acme Oyster House was good for those "things", Praline Connection just beyond the official FQ, and DO go to the Cafe du Monde in the French Market for Beignets & coffee! Try the Gumbo Shop for pure joy. Sometimes eating a late lunch can save $$$. Wander around the French Market and bargin for stuff--T shirts are cheaper there. Buy some Praline's and get a sugar high. There are swamp tours, plantation tours, haunted tours, boat tours (don't take the battlefield cruise-the guy we had talked to long and our guys didn't have time to walk around) I found out at the last minute that there are some free tours given by the National Park Service--they are in behind the Cafe du Monde. Poke around the voodoo shops, antique shops, art shops. Go to the Warehouse district and see the art galleries. Walk along the River. I don't think you'll get much time to rest! Then of course there is Bourbon Street at night, and the street entertainers around Jackson Square, and artists, palm readers, tarot card readers, and buggy rides. Have fun.

raeona Nov 21st, 1998 03:55 PM

Eat, eat eat! The food in NO really is fabulous (tho we had a not-good experience at Brennan's). Think about Sunday brunch at Commander's Palace. On Magazine Street (intersting little shoppes, antique stores, etc), there's a great neighborhood diner called Joey K's - best onion rings in the world. Friendly very casual atmosphere. Acme Oyster House IS a must for local color. Also Mulate's in the evening to watch the very accomplished cajun dancing - talk about stamina! There's a zoo in Audubon Park. You'll have a fun time!

raeona Nov 21st, 1998 03:55 PM

Eat, eat eat! The food in NO really is fabulous (tho we had a not-good experience at Brennan's). Think about Sunday brunch at Commander's Palace. On Magazine Street (intersting little shoppes, antique stores, etc), there's a great neighborhood diner called Joey K's - best onion rings in the world. Friendly very casual atmosphere. Acme Oyster House IS a must for local color. Also Mulate's in the evening to watch the very accomplished cajun dancing - talk about stamina! There's a zoo in Audubon Park. You'll have a fun time!

nancy Nov 23rd, 1998 06:51 PM

Go dancing at Tipitemas (spelling?). It's not in the French Quarter. You may need to take a cab. Big dance hall with live music. We were there for a Zydeco band. Not expensive. Lots of fun. Maybe someone else can add to this info. It was years ago we were there.

JoAnn Nov 24th, 1998 02:24 AM

A P.S. to my note--There is an information booth in the French Quarter--I think on St. Anne St. Or better yet, find a library, or book store and buy a New Orleans book by Fodor or Frommer--they both have excellent travel books for all over the world, including price ranges on everything, walking tours of the areas! Well worth the $15 or $20 US.

Janet Bourque Nov 26th, 1998 07:05 PM

I am a Bostonian who moved to New Orleans twenty five years ago. Your previous advice is excellent. Go to Commanders Palace for weekdaylunch if you want to save some $. The food is excellent. After lunch, make sure you walk across the street to the Cemetery and stroll through it. New Orleans cemeteries have a unique history and are really worth looking at. (There is a current rage for stealing New Orleans funiary art and selling it around the world for a bounty. It is a travesty.) <BR> <BR>Other restaurants that local sophisticates adore is Bayona's and Brightson's. All three are pricey but outstanding! The last two are in the French Quarter and Commander's is in the garden district (a taxi or streetcar ride). Most locals will eat a quick lunch at Central Grocery across from the French Market. You must have a "muffaletta" here. It's an oven-toasted Italian meat, cheese, and olive salad sandwich to die for. Cheap and incredibly good and filling. <BR> <BR>People do other things besides eat in New Orleans that are almost as pleasurable. My favorite is listening to jazz at authentic "Preservation Hall" in the French Quarter. It's $2 (I think) to get in. There's always a line on the street and usually a 30 minute wait. If you get there before 7 p.m., you will probably get in first. Next door is Pat O'Brien's. It's a touristy song-and-drink place, but the music there is fun too. Preservation Hall is the real enchilada, however! <BR> <BR>Take a free ferry ride across the Mississippi river and back. The view is great. <BR> <BR>Please forgive our city if you find it a little worn and dirty. Remember that it is very old, very tired, la grande dame of the river, with a spirit of living in the here-and-now. New Orleans is not called the "Big Easy" for nothing. No one sweats the small stuff--and, if you think about it, most stuff is pretty small. New Orleaneans like to sing, dance, party, visit with family and friends, watch football, and enjoy the delicious ambience of their Caribbean city. They willworry about the important things tomorrow--and somehow tomorrow never seems to come. They always clean up after the party--if the party ever decides to end. <BR> <BR>Come and enjoy yourselves and our hospitality. New Orleans has a very old soul and will be pleased to share her warm spirit with you.


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