French Quarter, New Orleans
My first trip to New Orleans was FANTASTIC...I had no idea what to expect, but I fell in love the very first moment I hit the French Quarter. I remember the day this picture was taken, was after spending the better half of the afternoon at Pat O'Brien's and then at a little shop, I convinced the owner to let me have this wig for free...I had always wanted one as a child (seriously) at Summerfest back home in Wisconsin, but my parents would never get me one :(
So I finally got my sparkly wig...and somehow in New Orleans, you can make it work!
Where to begin?
I typically stay in the French Quarter, because a car is not necessary and their public transit is actually pretty decent. You can always take the trolley/bus to the Garden District and uptown areas.
Fondest memory: Walking up and down Decatur street at all hours of the night. Halloween is in particular a great time to visit New Orleans. IMO, it runs a close second to Greenwich Village on Halloween.
This is my friend and I on a visit to NOLA-- Halloween 1999. It was one of the best Halloweens that I've ever had.
Be ready to check out the history and restaurants. The city has an extensive collection of both.A great time can be had sitting on a balcony with a drink or meal and just watching the parade of people and/or street performers.There are galleries and antique shops on Royal St that are out of this world ('Where would we have room for that $265K chandelier?') and many that feature local artists which are difficult to see away from N.O.
There are many small passageways between building that lead to beautiful courtyards which are not visible from the front of the building.If you have a chance take a glimpse at some of the scenes that aren't visible from the street.
Fondest memory: The French Qtr is the heart of the city. Count on spending most of your time there but there is a lot more. Probably the one 'must do' would be the Hurricane at Pat O Brien's on St Peter St. It'll sooth your thirst during the day and your head during the evening. Their courtyard can get crowded at night , but if it does, scoot around to their bar facing Bourbon St .....
Parcourir le Vieux Carré (French Quarter) pour son architecture magnifique et ses balcons fleuris et vous procurer un calendrier des spectacles de blues et de jazz. Aussi, évidemment, savourer la bouffe Cajun et Créole. Ayayaye, c'est chaud...mais délicieux. Y a plusieurs bons restos typiques : Olivier, Pattout's Cajun Cabin.
Fondest memory: La musique!! Les postes (radio) de jazz et les bands que l'on trouve partout. Les musiciens dans la rue.
Favorite thing: explore the French Quarter. DUH!! You can wander up and down the streets and along the river for hours and discover strange shops and things you will not see anywhere else in the world!! Soak up the culture before absorbing too many hurricanes!!
Favorite thing: All around the French Quarter, you will see these things in the sidewalk in front of buildings. These are termite feeders. Apparently, the termite problem has gotten so bad, that buildings were actually starting to collapse. In order to preserve the French Quarter, these termite feeders were installed a couple of years ago, to try and draw the termites out of the buildings by providing better tasting food, which will then sterilize them so they can not reproduce.
Favorite thing: along Bourbon in front of a wonderful hotel, the Royal Sonesta. This is right in the middle of the best of the French Quarter, with the Old Absinthe House, Napolean's, Felix Oyster Bar, and all the great French Quarter destinations only a stone's throw away. Great, five star hotel.
Favorite thing: This is a cool, old hardware store inside the Quarter. It's easy to forget that the Quarter is more than a tourist spot. It is still very mcuh home to a lot of locals, and it's easy to project bakwards in time, looking at the old conditions of the buildings and streets, into the days of horse power, sailing and street walkers.
When in the 'Big Easy' you must go to the french quater. while there have a hurrican at Pat O'Brians. Explore every street and shop during the day , leave eat dinner and return at night . It will be a whole other world! To get a taste of bourbon st. go to htt://www.nolaive.com/bourbocam/classic/ It has a live viedo feed of several place's in N.O. with live radio and really neat cams.
Fondest memory: The people are so friendly! no matter where you go there is music coming out of somewhere and the food is out of this world! We ate at Pat O'brians and the oyster bar .You havn't eaten cajan until you suck a head off a crawfish in N.O. !Someone will surly give you lesson on how to do it.
This vacation is long ago, but I still remember very clear the French Quarter.
We stayed there and all the bars and nightlife were great.
Also don't miss to make a trip on the Missisippi River with one of the 'old fashioned' boats and drink a strawbery daiquiry (spelling???). I still have an idea of the taste.
Walking around the French Quarter, seeing all the action, eating all the yummy food...Cafe Du Monde is a classic little sidewalk cafe that you must stop at, eat a beignet and watch the musicians that are always nearby. Walking around and stopping at all the classic places is great. Go to Margaritaville, too. Can't miss that!
Fondest memory: One of the coolest places that we went was the 'House Of Blues' This place has so much history, and truly captures 'Blues Style'
This 86-year-old community theatre, Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre, had its inception back in 1916.
For further information, visit www.lepetittheatre.com.
Visit Bourbon Street and the French Quarter.
Fondest memory: You have to try a Po'Boy Sandwich (an explanation is posted under Cultural Tips).
The French Market. A great selection of tiny shops with souvenirs and curios nad the famous beignet shop.
Fondest memory: Going down to the market early in the morning for a cup of steaming coffee and a warm beignet!
Favorite thing: This is a very good map of the Quarter, providing locations for some of the best cafes, bars and restaurants.