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Old 05-17-2012, 01:20 PM
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Originally Posted by TAM88 View Post
What about Magazine street? I have been told Sucre,

Also, I will be staying right on Canal street, good location for a lot of things in New Orleans?
I can certainly vouch for Sucre', man that place is the bomb. A person could get fat riding the streetcar out there every night.
If you are on Canal St., you have a streetcar stop at Canal at Carondolet St. that will take you Uptown where you will swoon
for all the sweet architecture if you are looking for the Benjamin Button vibe and also just want to be impressed by and immersed
in the best the city has to offer. You can couple a lot into one area. The best cemetery to visit for safety would likely be the
one Jimbo suggested, Lafayette Cemetery No.2, a couple blocks off the St. Charles Streetcar line, right across from one of
the "best restaurants in the city", Commander's Palace. Sucre is a few blocks from there, too. You can also access another
streetcar line (Canal St. Line) that will take you out to some other cemeteries that are more famous and maybe a bit more
on the "medium threat to tourist" scale, lol. And that is a nice ride, too. You can access City Park from there, too, with the excellent
art museum, Storyland, boat rentals, golf, etc. It's like the "old" saying, "only in New Orleans do you see people get on a bus
marked "cemeteries" without batting an eye."

If it was me, I would spend my first night in the quarter, get my fill of it, and then spend my days & nights exploring things
off of the St. Charles Line. Audubon Park / Zoo, Tulane University, Magazine St. antiquing and browsing, good poboy shops, architecture,
cigar bars, jazz clubs, night clubs in the Riverbend neighborhood, (Maple Leaf, Cooter Brown's, Jimmy's, etc) Sucre, Mayan Imports,
Community Coffee House....just too much to mention. You can take a river cruise from the Aquarium that rides upriver to the
Zoo, that's pretty cool. Then when you are all done, spend your last night in the quarter at Pat O'Briens outside under the stars
by the fountain that burns.

There is far too much to do in the city that will leave you in a much better mood at the end than spending your time on
Bourbon St., and yet one after another, millions of people do it every year. Like the Pat O'Brien's glass will advise you,
though, the most important thing to do is "HAVE FUN!" If you have any specific questions, you can always PM me.








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Old 05-17-2012, 01:31 PM
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If you take a streetcar to City Park, please stop by on the way and order ice cream at Brocato's (Angelo Brocato's Italian Ice Cream & Italian Desserts: Contact Us). You won't be disappointed.
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Old 05-17-2012, 01:37 PM
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Thank you for all of the advice and suggestions.

I always look on trip advisor, but it's nice to hear from locals on the places to go, things to see and where to eat.
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Old 05-17-2012, 01:48 PM
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Angelo Brocato's, ahh, the treats over THERE!! My bosses book-keeper found out I was gong down the week after MG, and she had me
pick up kits to make 72 Cannoli. Problem is, I have to tell her when I go, because she is the paymaster/vacation record-keeper.
I am in a no-win sitcho, lol...I had to bring two ice chests, buy ice, go all the way over there on my way out of town, (not on my way!)
But if you like old-time real italian treats of every kind, check that one out for sure. New Orleans is STEEPED in Italian culture from
nearly the very beginning of it's existence.

Angelo Brocato's Italian Ice Cream & Italian Desserts: Home Page
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Old 05-21-2012, 03:16 PM
Location: In the city
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Agree with all of the above, especially that the BEST parts of the city can be found far away from Bourbon St. Don't get me wrong, I think its something you have to do (for ten minutes) the first time you visit. Its a great filter. Those who like Bourbon a bunch tend to stay there. Those who don't, get a chance to explore some of the amazing things that the city has to offer; may of which have been mentioned by my fellow posters.

New Orleans is like no other place. Have a great visit and let us know if you fall in love.
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Old 05-21-2012, 03:49 PM
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For the WW2 museum, try to allow a full day if possible. I went there for the first time yesterday and can vouch that four hours isn't long enough!

Make sure you catch "Beyond All Borders", a 4D move that plays across the street. It costs extra but is well worth it. It's something I think everyone should see if they can.
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Old 05-22-2012, 01:28 AM
Location: Portlandia "burbs"
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I think you should consider fitting in a night at the Mid-City Rock 'n' Bowl if you can. It is our very favorite nightclub in New Orleans, and yes ~ it is a bowling alley. But with a large dance floor, and they provide various genres of music, even jazz. It's a kick and you should go. It's on Carrollton but you would have to take cabs.

Be sure to step inside the St. Louis Cathedral to take in the awesome beauty of an important piece of New Orleans history. Afterwards, if you have time, go next door to the Presbyterie Building to peruse the Mardi Gras Museum. This is an excellent museum and it covers Mardi Gras customs in all of Louisiana (which differs in the country).
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Old 05-22-2012, 10:46 AM
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Haha, at Bluesmama.....

Whew, Rock n Bowl. Man what a memory. I want to agree with myself and the last ladies there.
TO SAY that you have been to the French Quarter is something you need to have crossed off the list.
But to say you have been to NEW ORLEANS and loved it means that you completely colored outside the
lines when you went, and got a real understanding of what it truly is. People shot holes in NO over the
big hurricane, "ah, them people just need to leave, we as the USA do not need to rebuild that city for them
just so it can just flood again." Bull$hi+.
YOU DO need to understand everything that's going on there to understand why it might be one of the
top 3 cities in the world, and certainly the United States, in terms of preserving it's heritage. But instead of
giving you the line of carp no one wants to hear, let me extend a strategy if I may.

1.) Plan a different breakfast every day
2.) Plan a side-tracking trip for the morning that involves outside-ness and LUNCH everyday.
3.) Plan a supper event every night.
4.) Plan a night-life event daily.

My nephew lives in Charlotte, NC and was bombarded throughout his first 16 years with NO this, NO that, and had never been.
When he found out he was finally going about two years ago, he spent three months reading everything he could on the net about
what to do, what to see, blablabla.

We stayed at a Condo in the Irish Channel. We would get on the streetcar or in a car everyday and drive to a place to have
a big breakfast. Then we would do a "damn it's Hot" event before lunch, cause damn it's hot. Get your outside yayas out before
it get's TOO HOT.

Eat a lunch al fresco or al Indoorso and then take on something great in that neighborhood. Return to your hotel to rest and wash
up and then go find something to do in the evening. The French Quarter is fine if you don't go back every night. You can get drinks
and music anywhere, why do it sitting next to a slurry of dirt, alcohol, urine, rubbish, water, food and paper? You can go to Rock and
Bowl, eat, drink, bowl, people watch, dance, groove and never want to go home. You can go over to Frenchmen St and visit 4-5 clubs
and walk down the street and maybe even back to your hotel. You can drive up the river road and see plantation homes where famous
films were made and history was made, get some REAL Southeast LA food and drinks and snowballs and fresh produce and smoked meats
and funny accents.

You can ride the streetcar to the same stop at Riverbend and either go to Camelia Grill for the full pork/eggs breakfast, or turn 180 degrees
and have bread, pastry and coffee at La Madeline. You can walk half a block and find over 100 beers on tap at Cooter Brown's...another 50 feet
and you are on the levee where you can lay on the grass and watch the ships go by.

For lunch you can get in your car and drive to the lakefront, get a poboy from any one of a dozen restaurants and go and sit
under a little private picnic table by the seawall and throw bread at obnoxious birds and feel a salty breeze in your face and the
LA sun on your legs. You can find a Manuel's hot tamale kart and get your pork on...or go to Mother's and get the best roast
beef poboy you ever ate. And remember, when you are driving or riding to all these places, you are passing by some of the most
unique things you will ever see....the uptown neighborhoods that pass by your window...the funk architecture and people of the
city as you head for Lake Pontchartrain....the vibe of the swamp as you head out Hwy 90 or LA 18 up the river. Real cajuns in
Raceland, Houma, Thibodaux. In fact, if you end up going way out there for a swamp tour or a trip to the plantation homes,
punch this into your GPS....Spahr's at 3682 Hwy 90 East, Des Allemands, La 70030 985-758-1602 This place is the BIZOMB.
You can eat your lunch then go sit in a chair and watch the alligators in the canal out back and watch the waterfowl and smell
the marsh breeze....wonderful... Get the chip platter.

Bring a map and some darts....you will need it and still find yourself needing another 3-4 days.
And if you like to drink and drive, and who doesn't, stop in to one of our 200 daiquiri shops and drive off with a lethal weapon.

http://www.spahrsseafood.com/about.html DAMN FINE vittles.

http://www.fat-tuesday.com/site.php Daiquiri shop

http://www.destrehanplantation.org/ Bulk of plantation shots in Interview with the Vampire filmed here.

http://www.oakalleyplantation.com/welcome.html opening scene of IwtV filmed here, on the levvee

http://www.rocknbowl.com/ sho nuff

http://www.cooterbrowns.com/ beer

http://www.deanies.com/restaurants/bucktown/ food out by the lakefront

http://wikitravel.org/en/New_Orleans...nd_Lakefront#b Maybe not to useful, it could help you find the lake, haha.

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Old 05-22-2012, 02:45 PM
Location: Portlandia "burbs"
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BradfromNO ~

What a cool post! This was helpful even for me!

When we go to NO we always rent car to take drives. Last trip, we went up the causeway to the North Shore and ended up riding through the interesting "community on stilts" in Slidell's waterfront properties. I want to do the West Bank next time. That Spahrs Seafood menu made my mouth water just to look at it!

Also on the last trip were marathon runners that consumed a whole day, and the FQ and Marigny were literally divided, because you couldn't go anywhere. When patience waned and tempers started to flare, we decided to just go somewhere else. We ended up at some of the interesting cemeteries in the Metairie area, and had dinner at Deanie's. Damn, was it good!

We'll have to check out that Cooters Brown, too.
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Old 05-23-2012, 05:59 PM
Location: In the city
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Po Boys:

My vote is Parkway Bakery, which you can hit for lunch (except for Tuesdays when its closed) and wander along the Bayou to City Park, which is a full afternoon by itself.
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