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Old 12-01-2015   #1 (permalink)
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Twenty Things I learned in New Orleans this weekend

Twenty things I learned in New Orleans (in no particular order):

1. NOLA is a town of some of the nicest local people on earth.

2. I love being called “Baby”.

3. The folks are passionate about their food and music.

4. You can get gas and botox at the same place.

5. The fine folks are passionate about the history of the City, the heritage of its people, (including everyone’s socioeconomic pecking order) where you went to high school and where your family is entombed.

6. I stayed at the Dauphine Orleans one block off of Bourbon Street. The hotel is in a great location. It is a bit worn around the edges, but I get the feeling that is part of the charm of the place. Front desk staff was not on top of its game.

7. You can drink all day and all night, walk around with booze, drive up for a daiquiri, but kids under 21 can’t eat in many places that serve food. Tried to go where the local go and hit Frenchman Street, but got shut out of many restaurants.

8. A stroll down Bourbon Street on Thanksgiving evening was an educational experience for two teen boys. Wide eyed, giggles, some shock, some painted boobs, some entertainment, mixed in with a bit of being bummed by the state of some folks, whether downtrodden or just being derelicts.

9. I love music playing around every corner.

10. Mr. B’s Bistro was very good. Fried Oysters, Caesar salad, BBQ shrimp, and killer desserts.

11. Café du Monde - don’t care how much of a tourist trap it is…the beignets are just that good (twice).

12. I am not sure I would go and stay in the French Quarter during Thanksgiving weekend. It is the same weekend as the Bayou Classic football game. An insane influx of people and our tour guides told us we would be best to stay off of Bourbon Street Friday and Saturday night and maybe avoid the French Quarter. You could feel a sort of dangerous electricity in the air and it was being fueled by large sums of booze ……and that was at 8:00 p.m. Sure enough, someone shot and killed on Bourbon Street just around the corner from the hotel that night.

13. Went on an airboat swamp tour. Amazed at being in another world so close to the city, happy that the guides educated us and did not abuse or taunt the alligators found.

14. Garden District Free Tour by Foot was excellent. Very informative and a very special area.

15. Food History tour of French Quarter by same folks was fine, but not as good as the Garden Tour.

16. Loved the vibe of a lot of Magazine Street. Pizza Domenica and Mahoney’s Po’ Boys were fantastic.

17. St. Charles Streetcar was a fun thing to do and it was good to get off of our feet.

18. The most dangerous aspect of New Orleans is the sidewalks. Holy smokes!! My wife took a pretty major spill, her foot plunging down a one foot hole.

19. Uber to airport was half of the cost of taxi from the airport for four people. ($36 instead of $70). Uber cannot pick up from the airport…yet.

20. Being the only people in an audience at an improve show at a comedy club at 9:00 on a Saturday night was awkward.


I THANK ALL OF YOU WHO CONTRIBUTED TO OUR TRIP WITH SUGGESTIONS AND TIPS.
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Great list of things! Now where are the photos?
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Great list of things! Now where are the photos?

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Another good dive in N.O. off the beaten path.....take the Canal Street trolley to City Park, hop off at the end of the line, but instead of going left towards the park, go right on Esplanade, across the little bridge. Stay on the left side of the street......you'll pass an old cemetery, neat to look around......continue down Esplanade to N. Lopez, take a left, a couple of blocks to a place called Liuzza's By the Track. From the trolley it's about a 15 minute stroll, safe neighborhood. Small, family run.....try the BBQ shrimp po boy.....thank me later....love New Orleans.....
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When my son and I were there a couple of years ago we got a kick out of a big sign in the airport touting some local hospital as being one of the top rated places in the US for liver transplants.
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As a local - I love this. Yes despite what the news networks show - there are really good people who live here.
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