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Old 10-28-2010, 01:14 PM
 
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Thanks to all of you, Your giving me some great ideas. I know there so many tourist traps that I would like to avoid.
I read about the restaurant Mothers so that is a go.Other recommendations from other sites were: Cats meow, St Charles line street car, Vampire tour, Clover grill.
Don't know if I will go on a ghost tour, took one in Key West and then had some strange happenings after, am I a believer? I don't know, I think its something I really don't want to think about too much.
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Old 10-28-2010, 04:33 PM
 
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Thanks to all of you, Your giving me some great ideas. I know there so many tourist traps that I would like to avoid.
I read about the restaurant Mothers so that is a go.Other recommendations from other sites were: Cats meow, St Charles line street car, Vampire tour, Clover grill.
Don't know if I will go on a ghost tour, took one in Key West and then had some strange happenings after, am I a believer? I don't know, I think its something I really don't want to think about too much.
Clover Grill is a must, as is Coops Place on Decatur. Decatur also has the House of Blues, The Kerry Irish Pub, (which is not hit-you-over-the-head-Irish; lots of local acts) and a few interesting stores. The ghost tours are interesting more for the history than any ghostly stuff. However NOLA is so incredibly evocative and mysterious, it's easy to imagine strange goings-on of the paranormal kind.

Also make sure you stop in for a Hurricane at Lafittes Blacksmith Shoppe at the quieter end of Bourbon. Pat O's uses pre-mixed, nowhere near as good, IMHO.

Don't know if this has been mentioned but a carriage tour is a good way to orient yourself when you arrive. Yeah, it's touristy and the drivers tend to embellish things somewhat, but you get your bearings much faster I think. It's wonderful to hear the bells on the horses when the carriages head off home of an evening.

I love me that town! Can't wait to go back (mid-December).
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Old 10-28-2010, 04:52 PM
 
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This will be our firt visit. We will be staying at the intercontinental hotel on St Charles Ave.
Is this a good location? Is it in a safe part of town?
I've stayed in this hotel - that was about the only good part of this trip... The hotel is great - it's in a very safe, central, and convenient location. I also had one of the best beds I've ever slept in. If only I hadn't wasted so much money on this trip and had bought such a bed to enjoy for a long time!

On a side note for others: I was in NOLA for Mardi Gras. I was planning on a less expensive hotel, but booked this one because it's supposedly located on the parades' routes and the rooms had balconies, so I was planning on watching the parades in style on my own balcony. The rooms facing the street do NOT have balconies. The hotel really IS on the parades' routes, but the locals block the sidewalks with big ladders (basically 24/7), so it's not a good place to watch the parades at all (even outside, never mind from your own balcony) and it's not worth paying for it for this reason. Otherwise it's a very nice hotel.
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Old 10-28-2010, 04:58 PM
 
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For Food I suggest Mother's - it is within walking distance from your hotel.
This place is such an overrated hole-in-the-wall joke! Of course, I went, too! Ordered a sandwich with something famous (don't recall the name now) and left without opening it. I had noticed they were out of the main sandwich using that, but figured they may have a little left for the others in which it's not the main ingredient. When I got to my hotel and opened it, I realized I'd gotten nothing but some stupid common ham I could've gotten in the grocery store! They didn't even bother telling me! Hey, why would they?! They're famous!
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Old 10-29-2010, 06:17 PM
 
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i live in houston and i've always wanted to drive and stay in new orleans for a few days but like TS is a little confuse which part to avoid.
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Old 10-30-2010, 05:36 AM
 
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Great information, The good and the bad, We booked this hotel because of the balconies. A friend at work told me about this place and since we aren't big time party people we thought this would be a great place to sit and enjoy the city from a balcony at times. Well after we booked that is when she told me her balcony overlooked a parking lot.
We will have a good time anyways especially with your suggestions. We will try the horse drawn carriage ride also.
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