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Old Aug 19th, 2003, 05:06 AM
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I've recently booked my 1st trip to New Orleans! Any advise for a new tourist?
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Old Aug 19th, 2003, 01:17 PM
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skip the zoo, eat a bignet at Cafe du Monde, watch your back, and have a great time!
 
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Pack an extra liver, condoms and penicillin, and save your pennies for an angioplasty -- New Orleans is all about the booze, fried food and nekkid people. Hallelujah!
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Old Aug 19th, 2003, 01:49 PM
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Hey Gekko - did you leave Bourbon St at all while in New Orleans? Just wondering.
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Old Aug 19th, 2003, 02:09 PM
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Only while waiting to post bail . . .

Actually, I have friends who live in the Garden District, and I enjoy getting out and visiting the historic plantations in bayou country. But face it, most visitors, particularly 1st time visitors, spend 99% of their time in the Quarter or at the casino. And what are the top activities in the French Quarter? I'll let you answer that one. (Searching for the perfect antique on Royal Street doesn't qualify as a legitimate answer.)
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Old Aug 19th, 2003, 02:48 PM
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LOL - yeah, I think you are right about the 1st time visitors to NO spending most of their time right there at the clubs. When we were there a couple years ago (1st trip) we didn't go into the casino and people were amazed "You mean you DIDN'T go to the CASINO!?!"

Ummm...No...

We did a ton of stuff while we were there, but I can't wait to go back because there is so much more that we didn't see - just ran out of time, you know.
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Old Aug 19th, 2003, 03:28 PM
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How far out are the plantations? And what are some good souvenirs to bring home?
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Old Aug 20th, 2003, 03:24 AM
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The souveniers that are the easiest to pack, cheapest to buy and are totally Bourbon Street are beads! Then let your friends wonder how you got them.......
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For souveniers, check out the French Market just down river from Cafe Du Monde - same stuff as on Bourbon and Decatur, just cheaper prices. Beads are always a good souvenier. We also brought back masks for people, a couple t-shirts, some magnets, cookbooks, and that kind of thing. We took all out souveniers over to Mail Boxes Etc and had them shipped home so we didn't have to worry about lugging them with us on the plane.

We took a plantation tour while we were there, I believe it took about an hour from the FQ to the plantations. We went with Spinato Tours which picked us up at the hotel in a van with about 10 other people and took us out to Laura and Oak Alley plantations. It was a lot of fun and reallly interesting.
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Old Aug 20th, 2003, 09:24 AM
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Mels, The only thing you're going to bring back from NOLA are beads (you have to EARN them like Ccolor does) and a hangover....If we do it right!!!!

While we usually spend about 90% of a NOLA trip in the FQ, the trips thru the Garden Dist. are still very nice and make us want to live there every time we go thru.
Let the goood times rolll in 61 mo' days.
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Old Aug 20th, 2003, 12:32 PM
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Hmm...if I were to go to New Orleans tomorrow:

I'd go to Cafe Maspero and have a muffaletta (sp?) and a cold beer. Then I'd head to the Napolean House and drink a Pimm's Cup or two. Cafe du Monde is also a must--another touristy suggestion is a graveyard tour or French Quarter tour. If you are there on a weekend I think Commander's Palace is fantastic for brunch ($30-40/person). I could go on and on...I wish I was waking up to the sound of street sweepers tomorrow morning...
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Old Aug 20th, 2003, 12:36 PM
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Kal, 61 days sounds like such a long time! Is it really that long off?? I can hardly wait. By the way, I rarely get hangovers (maybe 3 in my whole life amp; ), which should give you an idea of how much I can consume.

Looking forward to the NOLA Barstool Olympics on October 28-ish......
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Old Aug 20th, 2003, 12:49 PM
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Make when you make your pilgramage to Bourbon St. make sure to stop by the Krazy Corner. There's a guy in there that looks like James Brown on a Slim Fast Diet, but the man can saaaaang! The band is awesome!

Also if you get a chance & ya got a little dough left (after the visit to Harrah's) splurge on a visit to Ritz Carlton spa. That was the best part of my stay! Oh yeah, have a hurrican for me (lol).
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Don't forget to go down to the square - there are some GREAT jazz musicians playing down there. And don't forget: if they are good, drop them some cash! It doesn't have to be much at all (even a buck or two would be appreciated) And I say skip the casino, they are the same everywhere. Margaritaville is a must-miss, too, IMO
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Old Aug 22nd, 2003, 06:47 AM
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Mels,
Perhaps your definition of "consooomin'" is a bit different than my definition of "consoooomin'?
Sounds like a challenge to me!
"Purple Voodoos at High Noon (more like High Midnight) at Lafitte's!"

Barstool Olympics! I like it!
=Abita Turbo Dog awaits!
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Old Aug 22nd, 2003, 07:43 AM
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Kajun Kal - Kauai Kal - Krazy Kal.....oooops, did I say that?!?!

32 days till the good times roll for us!!

esp: to answer your original question - try a Grayline city tour with a cemetary stop, a ride on a steamboat, a 1/2 day swamp tour, stroll down Bourbon Street and wander around Jackson Square. See the French Market, take a streetcar ride and eat at Petunia's, Acme Oyster House and have a Hurricane at O'Briens. Be brave and try a Lucky Dog.
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Old Aug 22nd, 2003, 07:51 AM
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That Abita Turbo Dog is pretty good. I enjoy the Dixie Blackened Voodoo as well - it's dark, but not heavy. I was so happy when I found it in our local Beverages N More.
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Old Aug 22nd, 2003, 04:27 PM
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cc-You and DH going to leave some fun behind for us?

JCorr-Believe it or not Dixie BV was my beer of choice until I found Abita TD.
I think I both of them and Kona Brew Co Fire Rock Pale Ale are at Bev Mo.
God Bless Bev Mo!
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Old Aug 22nd, 2003, 06:23 PM
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We were there last Thanksgiving, and had a BLAST. Of course, we brought back beads from Bourbon Street (we arrived on Tuesday, and as the week went on, we had to work harder to get them!), so on Mardi Gras this year, I wore beads to work (medical school at major university). Several people recognized them for what they were, but one group of people stopped me and said, "did you get those for going on Jerry Springer?" Crack me up!! I've never seen that show, but can only assume I should have been on there after having confessed to something weird...

For a great start or end to your tour of Bourbon Street, I would HIGHLY recommend the Carousel Bar in the Monteleone (sp?) Hotel--we had a really good time there "spinning."
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Old Aug 22nd, 2003, 07:25 PM
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KalJun, I drink jet fuel (but not beer) so yes--[throwing down the gauntlet]--I challenge you in the Barstool Olympics!! Guess I'll have to run the poison out with Mrs. Kal on November 2........
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