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Posted: 9/6/2004 11:32:14 AM EST
Although I was there at one time in the early eighties, I can't say I remember a whole lot about it for some reason. The wife and I are going to head towards New Orleans in the morning to have a couple of days of fun.
Any suggestions on where to go or what to see? I know there is Bourbon Street although that is kind of like saying go to Sixth Street when you go to Austin.
Link Posted: 9/6/2004 11:32:55 AM EST
Link Posted: 9/6/2004 11:33:14 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/6/2004 11:35:04 AM EST by yellow5]
D-day museum

There's also, oh wait you're married
Link Posted: 9/6/2004 11:33:36 AM EST
Sorry to break it to you , but I don't think that New Orleans is really a party town. You might be able to find a bake sale if you look hard enough. Maybe a Bed Bath and Beyond.
Link Posted: 9/6/2004 11:33:51 AM EST
D-Day museum is excellent. It's built in the old Higgins boat factory. I believe the Pacific Theater wing is now open. There's a decent Civil War museum across the street.
Link Posted: 9/6/2004 11:34:23 AM EST
Carry your CCW pistol if you live in a LA reciprocity state.
Link Posted: 9/6/2004 11:35:11 AM EST

Originally Posted By 2IDdoc:
Sorry to break it to you , but I don't think that New Orleans is really a party town. You might be able to find a bake sale if you look hard enough. Maybe a Bed Bath and Beyond.


Man, you're breaking my heart.
Link Posted: 9/6/2004 11:35:37 AM EST
i partied there for about a week three years ago. i got photos...so i know i was there. but i dont remember it.

i can tell you this-nothing good happens in the french 1/4 after dark.
Link Posted: 9/6/2004 11:35:53 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/6/2004 11:36:19 AM EST by Offspring]
The aquarium, zoo, river walk, Burbon St of course, the flea market, just roam around town.
Link Posted: 9/6/2004 11:36:43 AM EST

Originally Posted By Blued-Steel:
Carry your CCW pistol if you live in a LA reciprocity state.



Good advice. Texas honors Louisiana CCW permits and vice versa, I would definately carry in New Orleans.
Link Posted: 9/6/2004 11:36:57 AM EST
Well, seeing as how you're married, I guess that means the 400 strip clubs there aren't an option.
Link Posted: 9/6/2004 11:42:26 AM EST
Go to Cafe Du Monde for Cafe Au Lait and Begneits -Chicory coffee and these little doughnut things that are served piping hot and dusted in powdered sugar. They're 24 hours, BTW.

Ride the free (IIRC) ferry from the quarter pier to Pont Algeirs and back (other side of the Mississippi). Do it on one of the last trips (used to be around midnight). It's cool, and great if you've got someone special to share it with. ;)

Visit one of the (two?) voodoo museums. Aw hell, see 'em both. Cool, weird stuff.

Ride the streetcars. Cheap xportation, and a bit of history.

There's a little restaurant, although if I could tell you how to get there I'd give ya a million bucks. I just remember it was towards the "back" of the quarter, an unmarked doorway in a wall, with a menu posted next to it. Much better food than the "big" and well known tourist trap places. Affordable, too.

Visit the cemetaries.

Link Posted: 9/6/2004 11:48:10 AM EST
Go to Desires Oyster Bar on Bourbon St next to the Royal Sonesta Hotel. Get some oysters and a Cajun Mary. Ride the street car to the garden district. Take a carriage ride around Jackson Square. There is a bar towards the end of the popular area of Bourbon street. An old blacksmith shop. They have a drink that basically looks like a grape slushy, it will put you down if you have two. Oh, yeah visit Cafe du Mond.

Have fun.
Link Posted: 9/6/2004 11:50:52 AM EST
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Link Posted: 9/6/2004 11:53:06 AM EST
Breakfast at Brennans. Bring your appetite.
Link Posted: 9/6/2004 11:54:00 AM EST
Carry a gun. DO NOT leave main drag in Garden District.
Link Posted: 9/6/2004 11:57:15 AM EST
Link Posted: 9/6/2004 11:59:05 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/6/2004 12:01:09 PM EST by DOA]
Cafe du Mond, Emeril's, Praline Connection (great restaraunt). The aquarium is neat too. We were there about a year ago.




Link Posted: 9/6/2004 12:01:33 PM EST
Link Posted: 9/6/2004 12:03:26 PM EST

Originally Posted By 82ndAbn:

Maybe I don't know what the garden district is. Is it outside of the quarter?




http://gardendistrict.neworleans.com/

When in New Orleans just be careful. Crime isn't as bad as it used to be but that's not saying much. People will slit your throat for $20. A friend of mine was stabbed in daylight on Canal St a few years ago (he wasn't hurt very bad though).

Stay in the "tourist" sections, be aware of your surroundings and carry a gun and you can have some fun. I wouldn't want to live there though, that's why I'm across the lake
Link Posted: 9/6/2004 12:09:21 PM EST
I would stay away from Burbon St. and stay around Decatur, Much cleaner & safer with lots of good restaurants (Like Cafe DuMonde). Burbon St. is gross, vomit on the sidewalk, pickpockets & worse everywhere.

The area around the park is pretty entertaining too.
Link Posted: 9/6/2004 12:11:06 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/6/2004 1:21:46 PM EST by sum-rifle]
Just across the street from cafe dumond is Jackson square, I would reccomend that. There is a very old Catholic church at the back of it that is neat. But on that square is where Jackson assembled his troops before the battle of New Orleans.

I would also eat crawfish, a BBQ Shrimp Po'boy (poorboy) and some Alligator.
Other than that lots of shops near Bourbon street, I think the best ones I saw were several streets north of Bourbon st.

A swamp tour and the Desterhain (sp?) Plantation tour is a must.
Link Posted: 9/6/2004 12:13:35 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/6/2004 12:15:23 PM EST by 82ndAbn]
Link Posted: 9/6/2004 12:20:35 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/6/2004 12:27:23 PM EST by DOA]

Originally Posted By sum-rifle:
Just across the street from cafe dumond is Jackson square, I would reccomend that. There is a very old Catholic church at the back of it that is neat.



Here are a couple of the Church. My second pic is just around where Jackson Square is.

Link Posted: 9/6/2004 12:22:24 PM EST
Handgrenades!!! Drink.. Puke.. Repeat

One little tip though.. Don't ever eeeeevvvveeer go for new years. My girl and I made that mistake and stayed in the French Quarter (Marie Antoinette, a complete dump). The entire city fills up with idiots for the Sugar Bowl. Bourbon was completely impassable to foot traffic on NYE. Fun was had, but it was pretty rough all around.

You don't need an event to have a party on Bourbon St. Hell, you don't even need a weekend. There's a live cam at NOLA.COM (Bourbo-cam, Beadcam, and a few others) with 24 hour archive. Every night is a party. if you plan to do the bead thing though, don't buy them in the french quarter. There are lots of wholesalers online and around town where you can get a suitcase full for a few bucks. They do scream "TOURIST" though. Oh yea, don't piss on the street. The cops LOVE hauling people in for that, and it's not at all pretty. Most bars will let you take a whizz after you buy a drink. Eating on a Bourbon St. balcony is a hoot too, and it's hard to find a bad meal.
Link Posted: 9/6/2004 12:24:56 PM EST
Screw all that high-dollar stuff on Bourbon Street. Find Harbor Inn on S. Williams St. It's near the airport, and a bunch of car dealerships. Be hungry. Real hungry. Start with an appetizer tray of shrimp, blue crabs, crawfish, new potatoes and corn-on-the cob. Work up to a main dish like tilapia or swordfish. Too bad you're missing crawfish season.

IMHO, if you're interested in a t-shirt, go to the big-name spots. If you're interested in some damn fine cooking, you've got to get off the beaten path.
Link Posted: 9/6/2004 12:39:31 PM EST
New Orleans battlefield. Some dude named Jackson whupped some uninvited Brits there.
Link Posted: 9/6/2004 12:46:54 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/6/2004 12:47:45 PM EST by DK-Prof]
I was in New Orleans for a conference in early august - who the HELL thought that was a good place to have 5000+ people meet [whaco]


If you want a good hotel recommendation - fuck the Sheraton and the Mariott, and stay at the W - they've got one in the French Q. and one a few blocks aways (behind the casino)

I was actually very underwhelmed by New Orleans. Many of the restaurants in the French Q were okay, but not great. Muriel's was good, but not fantastic - and definitely overpriced. A lot of the good restaurants are apparently in the garden district. I went to a couple of good lunch places in the french quarter - and had an awesome gator sausage at one of them - but I forget the names (ask your conceirge for recommendations). There's a place called Dick & Jenn's (or something like that) that is supposedly really good. My fiancee went to some fancy-schmacy restaurant outside town that's supposed to be the best in New Orleans (but I wasn't invited ).

I was very unimpressed with the french quarter. I was like "look - boobies!! Aren't we naughty!! And look, I'm drinking a beer on the sidewalk. Whooopie!!" Mostly, I thought New Orleans was tacky and silly, and as far as a major city, stuff like the zoo and other things really weren't all that.

The Cathederal (or is it a Basilica now?) was very nice - I liked that.



There - my grumpy fart review of New Orleans.
Link Posted: 9/6/2004 1:34:24 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/6/2004 6:53:42 PM EST by sum-rifle]

Originally Posted By 4v50:
New Orleans battlefield. Some dude named Jackson whupped some uninvited Brits there.



Wel this is how it was...

In 1814 we took a little trip, along with Colonel Jackson down the mighty Mississipp'
We took a little bacon and they took a little beans.
And we fought the bloody British in the town of New Orleans.

We fired our guns and the British kept a comin, there wasn't as many as there was a while ago.
We fired once more and they began to runnin down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico.
Well they ran through the briars and they ran through the bramble and they ran through the places where a rabbit wouldn't go they ran so fast that the hounds couldn't catch em down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico.

O'l Hickory said we could take em by suprise if we didn't fire our muskets till we looked em in the eyes.
We held our fire till we seen their faces well then we opened up our squirrel guns and really gave em welllllllllllllllllll
We fired our guns and the British kept a comin, there wasn't as many as there was a while ago.
We fired once more and they began to runnin, down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico.

(here's my favorite verse)
We fired our cannon till the barrel melted down then we grabbed an alligator and we fought another round. We fillerd his head with cannonballs and powdered his behind and when we touched the powder off the gator lost his mind.

We fired our guns and the British kept a comin there wasn't as many as there was awhile ago. We fired once more and they began to runnin, down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico.
Link Posted: 9/6/2004 1:40:32 PM EST
Link Posted: 9/6/2004 1:44:28 PM EST

Originally Posted By sum-rifle:

Originally Posted By 4v50:
New Orleans battlefield. Some dude named Jackson whupped some uninvited Brits there.



Wel this is how it was...

In 1814 we took a little trip, along with Colonel Jackson down the mighty Mississipp'
We took a little bacon and they took a little beans.
And we fought the bloody British in the town of New Orleans.

We fired our guns and the British kept a comin, there wasn't as many as there was a while ago.
We fired once more and they began to runnin down the Mississippi to the gulf of Mexico.
Well they ran through the briars and they ran through the bramble and they ran through the places where a rabbit wouldn't go they ran so fast that the honds couldn't catch em down the Mississippi to the gulf of Mexico.



wasn't that the battle that took place AFTER the war ended?? Did someone not get a memo or something?
Link Posted: 9/6/2004 2:10:29 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/6/2004 2:11:45 PM EST by EricTheHun]
Link Posted: 9/6/2004 2:11:56 PM EST
A tour from somebody like 82nd who really knows the city. It's been thirty years since I was there and that was with a group that wasn't into touring.

Bourbon St. - Well if I wanted to see drunks, tits, and partiers, I can do that a lot cheaper here in the Los Angeles area. And I went to USC so I'veseen the Coliseum, and the Rose bowl so the Super Dome is no big whoop, and the casino riverboats, well we got Indian casinos an hour away and Vegas is 5 hours away.

But I would really like to see the Quarter, the architecture, the gardens etc. I wouldn't mind getting exotic on the food either, Ma can't eat spicy (bad reflux) but I sure can but I don't want to pay a 200% tourist tax for a mediocre meal. Also the historical areas. Be able to get out and walk around some without having to worry too much about being a victim. And get directions from somebody that knows where things really are.

Maybe if Ma and me win the Lottery we'll give you a call.

Link Posted: 9/6/2004 2:36:12 PM EST
get a Lucky Dog..they have stands all over bourbon St. and wash it down with a couple of handgrenades.

The sickest thing I saw was when the a mounted police's horse took a huge crap in the middle of the street. It was so crowded people were stepping and slipping on it. After 30 minutes the whole street smelled like crap...Nasty, I almost threw up my lucky dog and my handgrenades. Some People did and added to the carnage. ewwwww


Link Posted: 9/6/2004 5:24:31 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/6/2004 5:28:56 PM EST by dangerousdan]
Sounds like big fun to me.

Thanks for all the information.


We ought to have an arfcom convention there with Eric(thetourguide)Hun and
82ndAbn giving us the grand tour of N'awlins. Son of a gun, gonna have big fun
on the bayou.
Link Posted: 9/6/2004 6:16:33 PM EST

Originally Posted By 82ndAbn:

Originally Posted By DK-Prof:
I was in New Orleans for a conference in early august - who the HELL thought that was a good place to have 5000+ people meet [whaco]


If you want a good hotel recommendation - fuck the Sheraton and the Mariott, and stay at the W - they've got one in the French Q. and one a few blocks aways (behind the casino)

I was actually very underwhelmed by New Orleans. Many of the restaurants in the French Q were okay, but not great. Muriel's was good, but not fantastic - and definitely overpriced. A lot of the good restaurants are apparently in the garden district. I went to a couple of good lunch places in the french quarter - and had an awesome gator sausage at one of them - but I forget the names (ask your conceirge for recommendations). There's a place called Dick & Jenn's (or something like that) that is supposedly really good. My fiancee went to some fancy-schmacy restaurant outside town that's supposed to be the best in New Orleans (but I wasn't invited ).

I was very unimpressed with the french quarter. I was like "look - boobies!! Aren't we naughty!! And look, I'm drinking a beer on the sidewalk. Whooopie!!" Mostly, I thought New Orleans was tacky and silly, and as far as a major city, stuff like the zoo and other things really weren't all that.

The Cathederal (or is it a Basilica now?) was very nice - I liked that.



There - my grumpy fart review of New Orleans.



Brother, I wish I could take you on a tour - you'd have a blast!




Are you from NOLA 82nd ?
Link Posted: 9/6/2004 6:19:34 PM EST

Originally Posted By DK-Prof:

Originally Posted By sum-rifle:

Originally Posted By 4v50:
New Orleans battlefield. Some dude named Jackson whupped some uninvited Brits there.



Wel this is how it was...

In 1814 we took a little trip, along with Colonel Jackson down the mighty Mississipp'
We took a little bacon and they took a little beans.
And we fought the bloody British in the town of New Orleans.

We fired our guns and the British kept a comin, there wasn't as many as there was a while ago.
We fired once more and they began to runnin down the Mississippi to the gulf of Mexico.
Well they ran through the briars and they ran through the bramble and they ran through the places where a rabbit wouldn't go they ran so fast that the honds couldn't catch em down the Mississippi to the gulf of Mexico.



wasn't that the battle that took place AFTER the war ended?? Did someone not get a memo or something?



I believe 1815--I was with Jean Lafitte and we all got Presidential Pardons...That was so Cool
Link Posted: 9/6/2004 6:22:15 PM EST

Originally Posted By dangerousdan:
Although I was there at one time in the early eighties, I can't say I remember a whole lot about it for some reason. The wife and I are going to head towards New Orleans in the morning to have a couple of days of fun.
Any suggestions on where to go or what to see? I know there is Bourbon Street although that is kind of like saying go to Sixth Street when you go to Austin.



Where are you staying?
Link Posted: 9/6/2004 6:24:13 PM EST

Originally Posted By 223DEVIL:
get a Lucky Dog..they have stands all over bourbon St. and wash it down with a couple of handgrenades.

The sickest thing I saw was when the a mounted police's horse took a huge crap in the middle of the street. It was so crowded people were stepping and slipping on it. After 30 minutes the whole street smelled like crap...Nasty, I almost threw up my lucky dog and my handgrenades. Some People did and added to the carnage. ewwwww





Lucky Dog...
Surprized ya still alive
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