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Favorite thing: As you're walking the streets on the Esplanade side of the Quarter you should take any opportunity that presents itself to peek into the lovely courtyards that exist behind mostly closed doors. The serene setting you'll find here is what makes it possible for people to live in the French Quarter and stay sane.
Favorite thing: I love the signs that shops and restaurants have hanging overhead along the streets. Sometimes they are easy to miss and others jump out at you. Some are old and decaying...some are works of art... and some are just kitschy. I have pictures from many establishments in the French Quarter!
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Favorite thing: No visit to New Orleans is complete without a visit to the French Quarter. This part of the city has it all: wonderful architecture, lacy ironwork, great shops, jazz clubs, and, of course, Bourbon Street. This is really an unique place that you'll find nowhere else in the US.
Fondest memory: Walk the cobblestone streets to savor the unique atmosphere.
The William Faulkner House
Favorite thing: After sightseeing near Jackson Square, we were intent on finding a short cut back to our hotel on Poydras Avenue. Spying a small alley, we began walking up its length and immediately noticed a plaque affixed on the front of a pale yellow building.
The plaque read: "Faulkner House*, here in 1925 William Faulkner, Nobel Laureate, wrote his first novel, Soldier's Pay. The building was erected in 1840 by the widow of Jean Baptist LaBranche, on a site formerly occupied by part of the yard and buildings of the French Colonial prison"
Currently, a shop named Faulkner House Books is located here--how appropriate to have a book store located within a famed author's former home! The shop carries fine literature and rare editions, including books by/about William Faulkner and specializing in authors, Tennessee Williams and Walker Perry.
*624 Pirate's Alley
For more on this see: www.faulknerhousebooks.net or 1-504-524-2940
- Historical Travel
Favorite thing: The French Quarter is the heart and soul (though perhaps a tarnished soul) of New Orleans. The buildings date from the late 1600s and are characterized by shady, hidden courtyards and plant-covered, wrought-iron balconies.
Fondest memory: If you get a chance, go up to a balcony in the Quarter and relax awhile with a drink. It's one of the best vantage points for enjoying the sights and sounds.
Joan du Arc Statue
Favorite thing: Joan of Arc's nickname in France is the "Maid of Orleans", so it is appropriate that there is a dedication to her in Nouvelle Orleans. What better place in New Orleans, than the French Quarter to celebrate this woman of history. In 1958, the people of France gave this statue as a gift to New Orleans, and although it took a couple years to erect the statue, it was put up in the 1966. It was moved from its original location to the French Quarter more recently in 1972, where it now resides in Place du France, on Rue Decatur, near Cafe du Monde.
There is a nice little walking area around the statue as well as the flags of the US, Louisiana, Orleans, and France. If Cafe du Monde gets too crowded, this is a great spot to eat your beignets.
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Safety: If you stay in the French Quarter and financial districts you should be fine. It is typically recommended NOT to visit the cemeteries outside the Quarter without a large group or tour. I Have visited the cemetery that is just outside the Quarter during the day with a small group without incident, though there were many other tourists milling about. Just be sharp eyed and aware of your surroundings when on the outskirts.
Duration of stay: I typically stay for 3-4 nights, as the French Quarter can be exhausting, yet I always wish I had one more night :)
There are tons of tours. The plantation tour is nice. I recommend AGAINST the ghost or haunted tours of the French Quarter. BOOOORING.
The French Quarter is the safest place. I usually stay at the Bourbon Orleans and have always had a great time.
Food: Even the bad restaurants are pretty good in new Orleans. I try to avoid dining in the restaurants on Bourbon. Check out the streets that run perpendicular to it and down towards the waterfront for many a hidden gem. Some great cheap eats are Poppy's diner and The Gumbo Shop. Two of my favorite bars there are The BlackSmith on Bourbon and Mollys at the Market.
Music: I'm not an expert, but on Bourbon, many music clubs advertise no cover, but expect you order a round of drinks every hour or during every set that the band plays. Often you can just hang out and listen outside, and there are many talented buskers.
Shopping: Royal Street, which runs parallel to Bourbon, is full of nice antique shops and art galleries. Also there is much shopping near the waterfront, including the famous French Market. Also look out for some cool voodoo shops.
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- Food and Dining
Favorite thing: Most things tourists would have done before the storm are available now and the city needs the tourists dollars. Keep in mind though that many restaurants and businesses are not open on Mondays and Tuesdays because of the slow business.
This vacation is long ago, but...
Favorite thing: 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.
You have to visit the French...
Favorite thing: You have to visit the French Quarter. Yes, it's touristy, but it's a must. Depending on your age and the time of day, you may want to avoid it though. During the day, you can go almost anywhere in this place, and it's actually really neat. The old buildings, in Carribean style, line all of the streets around here down to the river, with ferns and other plants hanging off the sides of the balconies. There are tons of places to eat and shop, as well. I reccommend making your way down toward the cathedral, which I'll explain in the Must See section. Anyway, walk around, explore, but don't wander outside the Quarter.
At night, Bourbon Street is the place to be, at least for all of us tourists! It's pretty raunchy, so I would avoid it if you're offended by such things or you have children with you. However, if you're not offended, take a stroll down here at night.. everything is open 24/7 around here! Drinking and dancing and hanging off balconies is the primary deal here at night. Ah, well, you all have also seen what goes on here on Bourbon Street with the intoxicated females, so I'll spare you... but I can assure you it does go on.
Fondest memory: Walking back to the hotel at night... take that for what it's worth. ;)
Old French Quarter
Favorite thing: Everyone most see the French Quarter but I like most just sitting at a cafe watching people go by. The area is New Orleans most favorite tourist spot, full of food, fun, and things to do.
Fondest memory: Everything about New Orleans is a fond memory. Having coffee at Cafe Du Mond must be everyones best memory.
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New Orleans is best known for...
Favorite thing: New Orleans is best known for the French Quarter. Jackson Square, the Cathedral, good restaurants, music, and night life. Walk the French Quarter, it is a must see and do thing. Enjoy the art, antiques, history, and atmosphere found only there.
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Fondest memory: 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!
Visit the French Quarter. Have...
Favorite thing: Visit the French Quarter. Have your palm read by one of the many fortune tellers. I recommend Mambo Margaret, an older voodoo lady.
Fondest memory: Eating beignets at Cafe du Monde. Within two hours of landing, I was covered with powdered sugar. Gotta love a city like that.
Where to begin? I typically...
Favorite thing: 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.
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