Combined., New Orleans
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 expensive. If you stay in downtown New Orleans in a hotel there, the valet parking can be expensive (and added fee to your room), mostly everyone was either on bikes, foot, or trolleys while we were there. It is an awesome place, and as i was carrying my purse with me everywhere, I made sure to keep it zipped up at all times, and in front of me and no change in my pockets. My fiance' and I are going back in October provided everything is back open and flood safe. We wanted to make sure we go outside of hurricane season, and hoping everything is back open. One trip wasnt enough.
Fondest memory: The hotel was awesome with a french quarter feel. The food was awesome, hoping to go back to see more.
Bourbon Street is the first place any visitor to NOLA should go. However upscale or high class you think you are, or too old you perceive yourself to be, NO ONE should be excluded from, or feel out of place in "The Quarter."
Fondest memory: Having experienced most of what New Orleans has to offer, my best times were spent at Audubon Park. Whether I was jogging on the track by the seawall , or throwing the football with friends, a good weather day meant I should be at the park. But then again, being completely wasted with those same friends later that night in the quarter was great too!
VIVA Rue de Bourbon!!
Was it meeting Dan and Topaz on the haunted history tour, or watching the jazz band in the mall area of Jackson square? The silver statue mimes' on the street corners, or was it the clown who remembered me and said hello every day I was there? It could be those delicious, unforgettable beignets' at Cafe' Du Monde.
Fondest memory: As you see I have many fond memories of this devine city. I suppose the reason for me wanting to never leave would be the fine artisans and the architecture. The surroundings are truely, uniquely breathtaking. If you like Whimsical, this is the place for you.
-Take a swamp tour with Cypress Swamp Tour Company
-Eat beignets (powdered french doughnuts) at Cafe du Monde
-Get an African Bones reading by Priestess Miriam Chamani at the Voodoo Spiritiual Temple located on N. Rampart Street
-Hang out at Preservation Hall
Fondest memory: I miss the beignets!
Walk around! The French Quarter is full of gallerys, shops, street performers and bars. Then walk to the river bank and look at the Mississippi and the boats upon it. The Garden District is not to far and then admire the beautiful, old houses. Be sure to notice the unique iron work in the balconies that are all over the city.
Be sure to walk down Bourbon Street. My impression was that it was going to be a seedy area. While filled with strip clubs and many bars, there is an intersting mix of people and police.
Fondest memory: The kindness of the residents made for a wonderful trip.
In four days, we didn't even begin to scratch the surface of all the exciting things there are to see and do in New Orleans. And it certainly wasn't for lack of trying, believe me. Every night I collapsed with muscles I didn't even know I had aching! So, the most important things to say are, STAY LONGER and LEAVE THE KIDS AT HOME!!
Fondest memory: New Orleans is one big non-stop sensory overload. There's so much music to hear that you don't know which way to turn your ears as you walk down the street. There are so many good restaurants that it's hard to pick a favorite! There are so many tasty alcoholic delights that you probably won't remember your favorite meal the next morning anyway!
Get off Bourbon Street. Visit the rest of the French Quarter, the Marigny, Uptown etc. There are cool bars all over the place.
Fondest memory: Walking out of my favorite bar and watching the sun rise over the Mississippi.
Favorite thing: Of course we have the famous French Quarter with it's beauty but we also have a wonderful lake and great seafood available there. Lake Pontchartrain is located north of the city and along Lake Shore Drive there is a scenic roadway from the University of New Orleans to West End where many nice seafood restaurants are located, including Joe's Crab Shack and Acme Oyster Bar. I grew up in the area and watched it go from a small water front village area to a commercial area. I somewhat miss the old version.
There is so much that a person 'must' do in New Orleans. The French Quarter goes without saying...very high on the list. A riverboat ride, a trip the the famous St Louis Cathedral and cemeteries, even a day at the zoo. The zoo is one of the best I've seen. Another 'really must' do is a swamp cruize. It's absolutely fantastic.
Fondest memory: The whole city and everything in it is the most wonderful memory I have a any vacation I've taken. I'm in love with N'awlins. (The weather was a little warm and humid for my liking, but everything else made up for it.) I even liked the gators!
Spend an evening strolling down Bourbon Street regardless of your recreational tastes. Take the River Boat to the Zoo and come back via the trolley through the Garden District. Eat breakfast at Brennans. People watching from a balcony on Bourbon street while eating dinner.
Fondest memory: Really hard to put my finger on one particular moment. We do miss the 'Love and Let Live' attitude that is simply unavoidable there.
I think that when visiting New Orleans, you must absolutely throw any dieting plans you have out the window and go to just about any restaurant in the French Quarter. My personal favorite this trip was 'The Grill Room' at the Windsor Court Hotel. VERY expensive but I beleive that was the best meal that I have ever eaten in my whole long life!
I had a white fish that they called, 'Walu'which was sauteed in brown butter with capers and asparagus on the side -- fantastic even though I was coming down with a stomach virus - bummer
Fondest memory: I thought that I had died and gone to heaven when we went to Preservation Hall and heard the band playing. I have heard recordings of the jazz band before, but it is just phenomenal to actually be there to see and hear the actual band members creating such music. The atmosphere is soooooo
incredibly 'historic' and wonderful - I hope that they never change it to make, 'improved accomodations' -- something incredibly intangible and fragile would be lost.
Take a walk through the French Quarter.....along the Mississippi in the morning and down Bourbon Street after dark. I love to ride bike and enjoyed renting a bike and riding through the streets during the day. Took my free Sunday afternoon and rode out Magazine Street away from the French Quarter and out towards the zoo. After the zoo you begin to parallel the river and a path is awailable to ride/walk.
Fondest memory: Went into this night club that feature karaoke and saw all the talent passing through. The girls loved the Elvis that dropped in and us guys were eyeing up the lady in leather who stepped up to the mic only to hear the sound of the voice and then we realized 'she' was no lady.....you know what I mean???? That must be why the DJ play that 'Funky Lady' song following her/his performance!
Take a carriage tour of the town, beginning in the main square.
Fondest memory: Finishing a delicious lunch of fried oysters and going for a carriage ride around the French Quarter.