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  • French Quarter

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    If you send out as many postcards as I do (friends, family, & an international postcard exchange - www.postcrossing.com), you will need to find postcards as cheaply as possible. When you are shopping in the French Quarter, most of the souvenir shops and drug stores will sell the standard size postcards for ~ $.35 cents, but if you walk into more...

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  • City Tours & Neighborhoods

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    The New Orleans Warehouse district is a historic area known for its mid 19th and early 20th Century industrial buildings and warehouses. In the second half of the 1900s, the area fell into disrepair, but the 1984 World's Fair brought new attention to the area. Following the fair, the area saw new construction in shopping centers, the convention...

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  • Cuisine

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    One of the most addictive substances available to you in New Orleans (legally anyway), is the Beignet (pronounced been-yea). These wonderful fried pieces of dough, topped with powdered sugar can be eaten one at a time, or plateful after plateful. The most famous place to pick one of these wonderful treats is in the French Quarter at Cafe du Monde,...

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  • Art and Statues

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    Woldenberg Riverfront Park, a lovely park edging the mighty Missisippi River, honors New Orleans benefactor, Malcolm Woldenberg, who was a leader, philanthropist and local businessman in the city (1896-1962). You'll also find the Moonwalk, a walkway dedicated to former New Orleans mayor, Maurice "Moon" Landrieu. Throughout the park at #1 Canal...

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  • Riverwalk Area

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    La Plaza de España was given as a gift by the government of Spain to the city of New Orleans as a gesture of goodwill and as a reminder of their common heritage. It is easy to forget that New Orleans was in fact part of Spain for 40 years because it's heritage is overtly French. La Plaza is a nice place to sit and rest after walking around. It...

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  • Bourbon St

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    This night was our last night here in NO. We had three parties to attend. We made it to two out of three. This was where we stayed to partake in the free food and drink as well as live music. It was a great party. We knew a few people and met local people. This night partying on Bourbon Street was my favorite memory while staying in New Orleans.

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  • Architecture

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    New Orleans' graceful structures ornamented with the characteristic iron balconies are eye-catchers. The historic marker sites these buildings as Cucullu Row. Near the French Market, Manuel Simar Cucullu and Christoval G. De Armas constructed three identical buildings in 1833 as a private commercial venture that became known as The Red Stores, an...

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  • Music

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    I love a town that revolves around music. I mean, it's inspiring, really. If you don't like jazz I would keep that between you and yourself. If you come here and start complaining be prepared to get the hell out of town. Appreciate it for what it is...smart music. And the players are modest gods...even if they are dirt poor. People line up for...

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  • Drinks

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    One of my favorite unique drinks that I tried while in New Orleans on this last trip was at the Oceana Grill called the Rajun Cajun Bloody Mary. It has a little kick added into the normal Bloody Mary recipe, and included Absolute Peppar vodka. The typical worchestershire sauce and tabasco were added, but I think I tasted a little horseradish as...

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  • Mardi Gras

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    Even "off season", Mardi Gras is a big part of New Orleans. This picture - taken December 12th 2004 - shows the stands being built on the steps of the Gallier Hall to get ready for the Mardi Gras parade The next Mardi Gras was to be February 24th 2005. Of course the official Mardi Gras.celebration always begins January 6th. Next to Gallier Hall...

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  • Jackson Square

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    Jackson Square (or Place d'Armes) used to be a place for public meetings and executions. Now it's a nice square to walk around and enjoy the park with its iron benches, flowerbeds, and lawns. From the park you can also make lovely pics of the St. Louis Cathedral and the equestrian statue of Andrew Jackson.

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  • History

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    New Orleans is one of the more unique cities in the U.S. with a unique history. Don't miss appreciating the city's history while visiting it, which will make your visit more memorable. The Jean Lafitte National Historical Park visitor center at 419 Decatur Street in the French Quarter is a good place to stop. Learn about the history of jazz at the...

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  • Algiers

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    After we had lunch at Mardi Gras World, we decided to walk back to the ferry dock. After we visited the Voodoo Museum, we climbed up on the levee. Our reason for going up on the levee was that we couldn't see where to go to get to the ferry dock from down at street level. This proved to be a serindipitous choice, because I had a good solid flat...

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  • Voodoo

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    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...

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  • Street Performers

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    New Orleans has a culture and way of life based upon improvisation, resourcefulness, and blending diverse things together. That's why jazz was invented here. The French Quarter is full of street performers--many surprisingly good. Impromptu shows have always been part of life here. And if you enjoy the music, then tip the players. The brass band...

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  • The Big Easy

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    By and large, much of what people have posted here is good, though I would not agree with the advice that you avoid the Quarter. It's simply a matter of what you're interested in. But everybody who's replied so far is from somewhere else. I'm from New Orleans. I was born and raised there and lived there for thirty years. Though I live elsewhere...

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  • Combined.

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    My kids and I went to New Orleans the end of July and stayed until the beginning of August. We stayed at the Ramada Inn in Metarie off North Causeway, It was an absolute pleasure to stay there. It was only 10 minutes from downtown, plus there is a Cafe Du Monde on Veterans Blvd. We never had to drive very far, but the paid parking area's are...

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  • Cemeteries

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    All the cemeterries we tried to see were closed on Sundays!!! Abd they closed by Noon on Saturdays....2:30 or 3 on Weekdays... Just be sure you plan your day alittle ahead of time and dont think you are always going to have time to do it all later... DO it now....My real suggestions is to book a tour... and then you can see it all and not ahve to...

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  • Swamp Tour

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    Meeting Captain Tom was great. He had lived in the swamps practically all his life and he was so knowledgeable about everything around here. We were also really lucky to see quite a few aligators concidering in was so cold out. Captain Tom has such a good eye at spotting animals in this area, it was incredible. At first I thought he was putting me...

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  • Garden District

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    The Garden District is a residential area with luxurious mansions two miles upriver from the French Quarter. It was built in the 1840s by rich people in the cotton and trade business to show off their wealth. The mansions have big gardens, porches, balconies and columns. You can easily reach this area by the famous St. Charles Streetcar that will...

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  • Mississippi

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    The Mississippi River is the largest river in North America, stretching 2500 miles from Minnesota to Louisiana. The Mississippi River basin drains all or part of 32 states in the U.S. and parts of southern Canada, and its banks are home to Minneapolis, St. Louis, Memphis, and New Orleans among numerous smaller towns. The Mississippi river empties...

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  • Plantations

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    The various plantations each have their strengths and weaknesses. We went to Oak Alley because I wanted to combine a swamp tour with a plantation tour before it got too cold, and that was the one recommended by the hotel concierge I was disappointed in Oak Alley. Partly this was because they have recently prohibited people from taking pictures...

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  • Gaming

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    The Louisiana laws prohibit gambling and slot machines. So the politicians redefined and renamed gambling. In Louisiana, gambling is now called gaming. In 1992 a provision was added for one land-based casino in New Orleans - Harrahs. (The state also has three land-based Indian casinos.) But slot machines are not restricted to Harrahs. Throughout...

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  • Street Cars

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    Normally I would put a street car ride in the transportation chapter of any of my city pages. Not the St Charles Avenue streetcar. This trolley travels through New Orleans' historic Garden and Uptown districts and it is an attraction in itself. The cost of your trip for an adult is a paltry $1.25. Along the way you will see some of the most...

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  • Photo Only

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    I love the vibe of this city. The people are incredible, the food, the music, the atmosphere...all wonderful. The best part was having no plans, to just walk around and look at whatever we wanted, no rush. Make sure you have comfortable walking shoes! (and go ahead and bring that special outfit with you) I eloped down to New Orleans, was married...

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  • Empty Tips

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    If you haven't been to New Orleans, there is not one thing I can tell you to experience. Everyone gets something different out of this city. Regardless, due to Katrina you will need to know what's open when you're down there. You can do it one of two ways: 1) Prior to leaving, you can go to QuarterCrawl.Com and look and see what's open. 2) You...

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  • Where to spend your Christmas holidays?

    What about New Orleans? The weather is mild, and there are lots of seasonal goings-on. Many of the restaurants in the French Quarter have special elegant "Revillion" menus, there is a wonderful light display in City Park called "Celebration in the Oaks" (there are also musical performances, decorated Christmas tree displays, and rides for the kids...

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  • Welcome Centers

    On the interstates as you enter the state there are Welcome Centers which are great places to stop to get maps of the state, brochures on interesting places to see in the state and nearby states, pick up coupon books for discounts on hotels, and maybe get a free cup of coffee or two. The last one I have been to in Louisiana was in Tallulah. The...

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  • Atchafalaya Swamp/Basin

    Just in case you didn't know....the Atchafalaya Basin is the biggest swamp in the United States! So when you're driving on 10 on the bridge FOREVER....it's because you're crossing the biggest swamp in the US. Just to let ya know! In the picture you can see the exit to visit the visitors center... I have yet to visit but seems like it would be a...

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  • Swamp Land

    Lousiana, and more specifically South Louisiana has a lot of swampland. You will see many swamp tour signs while passing through the areas. I have only been to one but highly recommend Honey Island Swamp Tours in the Southeast corner of LA.

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  • Tombs and Monuments

    Even from the air, you can see the large cemeteries with their above the ground tombs and monuments.And it isn't just in the below sea level city that they bury people like this. It extends out into the bayous and the countryside along the Mississippi.

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  • Shreveport's Historic Sites

    If you are in Shreveport's Downtown, you will definitely be delighted by the great job the Historic Society has done to label everything on the city streets of Historical importance. While walking around, we found several different locations that were well documented. For more information on Shreveport, visit my Shreveport Page. Mark's Shreveport...

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  • State Flag

    When I saw the state flag at the Longfellow/Evangeline State Park, I thought at first it was a trefoil. Then I saw that it was really a pelican. I tried to take a photo, but it was either not windy at all or it was so windy that the flag was whipping around.At first, I thought it was very clever of them to have this symbol of their state bird, the...

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  • Don't expect too much ;-)

    Don't have high expectations.The sign at this picture says: CAPITOL HOUSE Baton Rouges only landmark hotel.The building is just days away from falling apart......... If this is the standard......We didn't have such bad surprises though !

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  • Oil

    Driving through Louisiana you will see some oilrigs.The first oil well in Louisiana was drilled in 1901 in a field near Jennings. September 21, 1901oil had been discovered.Today over 220,000 wells have been drilled in Louisiana.

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  • the cotton Boll Weevil

    Cotton boll weevil causes more damage to cotton in the United States than any other insect. Native to Central America, it was first reported in the United States in the fall of 1894 in Brownsville, Texas. The boll weevil spread rapidly through most cotton-growing areas in the Southeast. By 1922, it had infested more than 85 percent of the Cotton...

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  • New Orleans

    There is always something going on in New Orleans. 'L'aissez Les Bon Temps Roullez' or 'Let The Good Times Roll'. And that is what New Orleanians do best: enjoying life.

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  • St. Louis Cathedral

    New Orleans.Towering over Jackson Square is the Cathedral of Saint Louis, King of France.The prominent position of the cathedral is fitting as the people of New Orleans are predominantly Catholic.

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  • Swamps

    New Orleans is surrounded by swamps showing a rich variety of flora and fauna.The way to experience all of this is to book a swamptour.There are quite a few companies in the New Orleans area that offer swamptours.

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  • Be safe and have fun!

    Lots of good food to try and neat things to see. Seeing my friend I haven't seen in 13 years. Then walking the streets of the French Quarter.

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  • Fauna

    You see a lot of these white birds in South Louisiana near the swamps. They can fly with such an elegance and beauty. I loved to look at them.

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  • Easter decoration

    We really enjoyed the many beautiful decorations in the front gardens as we were in Louisiana around Easter.

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  • Cajun Country

    The Cajun Country of South Louisiana has a reputation for being one of the most intriguing parts of the United States. Cajuns are descendants of the land of Acadia, today known as Nova Scotia in Canada. They still speak French, have their own traditions and music "Zydeco" and are excellent in cooking Cajun food. They also have the ability of truly...

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  • Swamp tour

    Take a trip through the meandering bayous filled with moss-draped cypress trees, fascinating plant life and you might even catch a glimpse of an alligator.

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  • New Orleans

    New Orleans is a vibrant city that never sleeps, famous for its charming riverboats, intimate live-music venues, exciting Bourbon Street, French Quarter, hot and spicy Creole cuisine, Mardi Gras, great shopping, fascinating museums and a seemingly endless parade of festivals. Day or night, there's so much to do you'll want to stay longer.More info...

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