Chateau de Louisiane

1216 Louisiana Ave., New Orleans, Louisiana, 70115, United States
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Chicago -New Orleans- road trip

by lerag

Hi! We have been thinking going to New Orleans in the end of June. The plan is to take a road trip. We have 8 full days and I am looking for some advises what to see, where to stop on the way going to N.O. According to Maps, the driving there might take about 14-16 hours.Could someone give us ideas about places to visit while driving? We would not mind to spend a night or two somewhere else.
Thank you for future suggestions!


Re: Chicago -New Orleans- road trip

by grandmaR

I suggest Chicago to Memphis 531 mi – about 8 hours 46 mins (about halfway) and have BBQ and visit Beale Street. From there to New Orleans 396 mi – 6+ hours.

On the way back go by way of St. Louis (a long day 679 mi – about 11 hours). The next morning go up the Arch, and then it is only 298 mi – about 5 hours back to Chicago.

Re: Chicago -New Orleans- road trip

by xymmot

funny, I was about to suggest the same place of Memphis to listen to Blues and have BBQ after a 7 hour drive

Travel Tips for New Orleans

Get a Shoe Shine

by emilienoelle

The tourist guides all tell you to avoid the shoe shine people. And yeah, I guess that some of them could be trying to pick your pocket or something, but that can happen in a shopping mall for cripe's sake. So for about $5 you can have your tired, old shoes looking brand-spanking new. These guys do a GOOD job. They really earn the money they make. Everyone wins. I mean how often does that happen?

Go down Bourbon Street. Just...

by BigXey

Go down Bourbon Street. Just walk down. It's worth it just to see the craziness and take in the sights... but be careful of the smells. This is kind of a dumb memory, but we were all walking around the French Quarter and we walked underneath a wrought iron balcony where somone was watering their plants. So, unexpectedly, we all get drenched with water, and after complaining about it for about 5 minutes, my friend Micah pipes in with 'At least it's not urine' For the rest of the trip, whenever anything bad happened, we just said, 'Hey, at least it's not urine.'

Take a tour of the city. We...

by paulapes

Take a tour of the city. We took a 2 1/2 hour bus tour and learned some very interesting things about the area, like how they keep the city from flooding (since it is on average 6 feet below sea level).... they have built pumping stations that pump the water north into Lake Ponchartrain, where it eventually flows back into the Gulf of Mexico. I'll share some of the information in my travelogues, so be sure to check them out. The variety of architecture....on one street you can see all sorts of different styles, and in the French Quarter, the houses are very interesting...with shutters on all windows.

Enjoy the food, walk around...

by markjs

Enjoy the food, walk around bourbon steet and the surrounding streets, and enjoy the nightlife, which never really dies down. The pure joy that most tourists have while they are in New Orleans. Combined with the friendly attitude of the locals, this city really makes it simple for everyone to have a great time.

Marie Laveau's Final Resting Place

by jessicat1982

there's a popular 'voodoo tradition' that if you pick up a discarded peice of brick from an old crypt, mark 3 x's on the tomb(Marie Laveau's), turn around three times and leave an offering, marie laveau's spirit will grant your wish.

here's the thing: it's not true. not only is this not a voodoo ritual but it originated from a journalist who falsely claimed to know marie laveau. the myth was perpetuated by the groundkeeper, in a misguided attempt to keep the cemetary from falling to ruins. he would elaborate the ritual depending on how stupid or rich you looked and would suggest leaving ehem...*money* as an offering. later he would return to the tomb, collect the amount and put it into the upkeep of the grounds and crypts.

the origin of the 3 x's stems from the signatures found on the tombs and family crypts. in early times, most were built by very skilled freed slaves who could neither read nor write, therefore each would have their own distinct markings as to differenciate who created which final resting place.

it so happened that the craftsman who constructed marie laveau's tomb's signature was three x's, thus starting the legend.

a word to the wise. do not buy into the myth. if you're caught defacing a crypt you can get fined up to 1000$ for a first time offence. the beauty of spirituality you'll notice that eminates from Marie Laveau's tomb. offerings are left for her often. the altar set up in the picture *is* part of voodoo practice, the individual gifts left at the site are offerings to her spirit left by serious worshipers in hopes of gaining her protection as well as other matters.


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