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Old 10-25-2010, 08:21 AM
 
Location: Cincinnati, OH
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Hi All,

Greetings from Cincinnati, OH. My girlfriend is a teacher here at Cincy Public Schools and she is coming to New Orleans this Wednesday through Saturday for some seminars.

She'll be staying at the Roosevelt Hotel which from what I gather looks pretty sweet! Anyways, I am trying to piece a little information together for her. Things to see/do on downtime after the day, and also good restaurants to eat at. I figure there is no better way to gather info than to ask locals on here. Please let me know of any cool must sees, parks, restaurants, etc! Thanks!
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Old 10-25-2010, 09:10 AM
 
Location: Pereira, Colombia
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We got you covered. The Roosevelt is a sweet hotel, and you're pretty much in the center of it all. The hotel has a coffee shop and bar inside which are both worth it. Since I am a fellow teacher and in my 20's I can give a lot of perspective of doing things on the cheap. First off on Baronne Street (back of Roosevelt) there is the Immaculate Conception Church, I suggest that you check this out. It's a beautiful church with Russian-esque onion domes and a stellar inside. If you see 2 churches in New Orleans it should be that and the St. Louis Cathedral.

Assuming she doesn't have a car, I won't recommend a lot of places far out. A good lunch/afternoon outing would be to cross Canal St. from the hotel and find Decatur Street. Once there, walk down Decatur until you locate Coop's Place. That is my favorite French Quarter restaurant for the price. You can eat great entrees such as Shrimp Creole and Crawfish Etoufee for under $15 and wash it down with an ice cold Abita Beer. While you're there head on down to the French Market and see how locals have shopped since 1718. What once held vegetables and livestock in stalls now has all types of clothing and gifts. A lot of it is knockoff stuff, but hey, I still have my "snake skin" wallet that I bought 3 years ago for $10. On the way back up Decatur go visit St. Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square and see all of the painters/tarot readers plying their trade.

If she has a few hours of daylight free, it's well worth it to take a ride on the St. Charles Avenue streetcar. Start riding it as it begins on Canal Street, and take it all the way to the end of the line on Carrolton if possible. You will see some of the most beautiful mansions and landscape that is the Uptown area. You will pass Audubon Park, Tulane/Loyola universities, etc. When the car rides to Carrolton, just hop off and hop back on the other side of the track. There is no loop, the tracks ride parallel to one another all the way. If she has time to stop, get off at Washington Ave. in the Garden District and walk around the numbered streets towards the river from St. Charles. These mansions have been bought by many celebs such as Brad and Angelina, Sandra Bullock, Anne Rice, etc.

If there is still more time to explore, I'd say the Magazine Street area is also worth it. Magazine is parallel to St. Charles, not too many blocks away. There are 60 blocks of local unique businesses, mostly clothing shops and restaurants, but there is something for everyone.

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Old 10-25-2010, 09:20 AM
 
Location: Cincinnati, OH
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We got you covered. The Roosevelt is a sweet hotel, and you're pretty much in the center of it all. The hotel has a coffee shop and bar inside which are both worth it. Since I am a fellow teacher and in my 20's I can give a lot of perspective of doing things on the cheap. First off on Baronne Street (back of Roosevelt) there is the Immaculate Conception Church, I suggest that you check this out. It's a beautiful church with Russian-esque onion domes and a stellar inside. If you see 2 churches in New Orleans it should be that and the St. Louis Cathedral.

Assuming she doesn't have a car, I won't recommend a lot of places far out. A good lunch/afternoon outing would be to cross Canal St. from the hotel and find Decatur Street. Once there, walk down Decatur until you locate Coop's Place. That is my favorite French Quarter restaurant for the price. You can eat great entrees such as Shrimp Creole and Crawfish Etoufee for under $15 and wash it down with an ice cold Abita Beer. While you're there head on down to the French Market and see how locals have shopped since 1718. What once held vegetables and livestock in stalls now has all types of clothing and gifts. A lot of it is knockoff stuff, but hey, I still have my "snake skin" wallet that I bought 3 years ago for $10. On the way back up Decatur go visit St. Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square and see all of the painters/tarot readers plying their trade.

If she has a few hours of daylight free, it's well worth it to take a ride on the St. Charles Avenue streetcar. Start riding it as it begins on Canal Street, and take it all the way to the end of the line on Carrolton if possible. You will see some of the most beautiful mansions and landscape that is the Uptown area. You will pass Audubon Park, Tulane/Loyola universities, etc. When the car rides to Carrolton, just hop off and hop back on the other side of the track. There is no loop, the tracks ride parallel to one another all the way. If she has time to stop, get off at Washington Ave. in the Garden District and walk around the numbered streets towards the river from St. Charles. These mansions have been bought by many celebs such as Brad and Angelina, Sandra Bullock, Anne Rice, etc.

If there is still more time to explore, I'd say the Magazine Street area is also worth it. Magazine is parallel to St. Charles, not too many blocks away. There are 60 blocks of local unique businesses, mostly clothing shops and restaurants, but there is something for everyone.

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Awesome! Thanks for all of the great info, this is such a big help! I'm definitely gonna need to remember to send her off with my camera to get a bunch of pics!
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