Oakview Bed and Breakfast

1172 City Park Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana, 70119, United States
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coupons for Paddlesteamers.

by uap6z

Hi guys,
on the VT site, it mentioned there are coupons for the Paddle steamers. Seeing this is our first trip to the States, and taking two adult children, I am trying to save as much as I can. Can you give me a heads up on where coupons are availabel and do i have to join a club with membership fees eta.

Many thanks
Peter W
Australia

Re: coupons for Paddlesteamers.

by GraydonWilson

Hi, Peter. Great to hear you're going to New Orleans. You'll love it. I was born and raised there. Lived there off and on for a cumulative aggregate of thirty years. Though I live elsewhere now, I get back there on a regular basis, and I love to hear about people going there too -- especially for their first time.

I did a fairly minimal on-line search, but I didn't see anything like a coupon. You've probably done the same by now. Sorry I'm no help in this. A good bet for getting assistance in this would be to talk to the people at the hotel you're staying at. They are often very knowledgeable.

How long will y'all be staying in New Orleans. Do you have any other plans for your visit there? Will you be going to other places in the U.S., also?

Re: coupons for Paddlesteamers.

by uap6z

thanks for looking into it for me. I assume I will be able to pick up various coupons over there. Off to NY, Washington, Buffalo, New Orleans then Orlando. Will be there for four weeks and looking forward to it. Kids can hardly wait. Only problem, such a long flight to NY from Brisbane Australia but shoudl be good.

cheers.

Travel Tips for New Orleans

Background Historical Notes and Reading References

by atufft

My favorite text is Africans in Colonial Louisiana: The Development of Afro-Creole Culture in the Eighteenth Century, by Gwendolyn Midlo Hall. Here are some notes from it. Interestingly, the vast majority of Africans imported into Louisiana came from Senegambia, in French West Africa. East coast slaves in contrast mainly came from islands in the Caribbean. Louisiana Africans came as groups, bringing skills swamp draining, rice farming, and blue indigo dye production, as well as their language, culture, and religion. Woloof, today the main tribe of Senegal, and Bambara, from the Niger River area at today's capitol of Mali at Bamako made up the majority. The Woloof were more likely skilled and domestic slaves, while the Bambara drained the swamps and built the levees of New Orleans. Both groups had established slave systems in Africa, but the treatment of slaves in Louisiana was harsh for a variety of reasons. Since, French settlers were quite literally the rejects from France--criminals, drunks, and others unfit for society in France--slaves mixed with a disreputable lot. Also forced to emigrate to Louisiana, French settlers were given very few resources. The French military system was spread very thin with very few resources as well, and soldiers frequently escaped service to live with the Indians. Louisiana was the least of the French colonies in America, since it didn't provide the easy riches of the fur pelt industry of Canada, nor the easily created plantation economies of the Caribbean. Louisiana was a swamp full of unhealthy dangers, and the river remained difficult to navigate until the 19th century. The French depended upon agreements with the Indian tribes to defend against the English and Spanish incursions, and for the return of slaves and soldiers that ran away. Punishments for soldiers and slaves were so harsh that the Indians disrespected French authorities who treated their own more cruely than they did an enemy. Bienville and other governors familiar to us were businessmen that enriched themselves at the expense of settlers. Supplies and slaves destine for the settlers were often taken and sold elsewhere for a profit by this small aristocracy in New Orleans. Essential food and clothing rations for the ragtag army were diverted elsewhere or sold at a multiple of their value to the desperate settlers. As the slaves population grew, so did the plantations, which became the largest in the antebellum south. Slave revolts in combination with Indian allies was frequent. Modern racial bigotry was not, however, existant. Free blacks mingled early on and mixed with both the settlers and Indians. As enslaved Indians and settlers died African slaves labor became essential. After the French Arcadians pushed out of Canada by the British, they refurbished the French language influence, but New Orleans Creole was probably already firmly established. It was the influence of the Lousiana creole--essentially African traditions mixed with Indian and French influences--that spread up the Mississippi and eastward across the south, providing much of the character of modern American music and food. New Orleans, the leading city for slave auctions in the south during antebellum times, was an isolated, lazy, and festive city as it is today. Thus, the reputation for civic corruption has its origins in the French colonial corruption that predated the more stark racial bigotry of the more modern era. The music, cuisine, and even the lingering spirituality of the city have their origins in the Africa. If New Orleans losses its black population as a result of Katrina's devastation, it could well lose this fundamental influence. The other texts I purchased in advance of the soujourn to Natchitoches and the plantations in this region of New Orleans (see my VT pages for Natchitoches).

Order a cafe au lait &...

by Texapina

Order a cafe au lait & beignets at the Cafe du Monde on Jackson Square... Taking my morning run through the French Quarter before the city really wakes up. The only ones up and about were the trash collectors, the bus drivers & shopkeepers... My route took me from my hotel on Chartres, down Canal Street to the river, where I turned left at the Aquarium (near Harrah's casino), ran down the riverside (the river's higher than the rest of the city, you know!) as far as I could (that's the Market), and wound my way around to Jackson Square back to my hotel. As I ran around, I took note of places that I wanted to see later in the day or week.

while every one expounds on...

by jcosmos40

while every one expounds on the french quarter, and i must say,the french quarter has its own kind of lure,my favorite memory of new orleans is the wild ride we had in an airboat.there is nothing like the adrenalin rush you get when you're stuck in the swamp at dusk with alligators swimming by. getting out of above mentioned swamp.

Hula Mae's Tropic Wash

by Virtuous_Tourist

This laundrette at 838 North Rampart is the former site of Cosimo Matassa's J&M Recording studio way back when.

The plaque you see next to the entrance reads:

First Recording Studio Of Cosimo Matassa

Built Circa 1835 With Galleries Likely Added In The 1850s

In 1944, J&M Amusements Acquired The Building, And Cosimo Matassa Soon Opened J&M Recording Studio

Oscar "Papa" Celestin, Danny Barker, and the Dukes Of Dixieland recorded jazz here

The "New Orleans Sound" developed from pioneering rhythm & blues and rock & roll recordings made here between 1947 and 1956 by Paul Gayten, Annie Laurie, Roy Brown, Professor Longhair, Dave Bartholomew, Fats Domino, Guitar Slim, Shirley & Lee, Lloyd Price, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Ray Charles and others.

Take in a Jazz Club! Louie...

by Geisha_Girl

Take in a Jazz Club! Louie (Armstrong) and Dizzie (Gillespie) would never forgive you if you left this magical place without taking in some jazz and blues! There are so many wonderful 'skat-dat-ditty-yi-dat' joints with mo' better blues.......you can take your pick along the main strip or any alley in the French Quarter. My '15 minutes of fame.' All the world is a stage when you visit New Orleans. Whether it's 'Rolling Down the River' onstage at the Jazz bar, Storyville USA, or trancing to the sounds of Daruda and Oakenfold on the stage at Oz. If you love to shimmie across the dancefloor (like we did!), then you'll get your money's worth at these places.

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