New Orleans

The French Quarter

Around Your Town takes you for a strut through the French Quarter in New Orleans, with a little “LAGNIAPPE” at 3:48 of the vid!
Along the way you will see some of the landmarks that have made New Orleans famous, and a great band on Royal Street performing the 1931 classic song “Egyptian Ella” !

Title: The French Quarter
Film Shot on 1/4/09 & 1/5/09
Location: The French Quarter New Orleans, Louisiana
Movie produced & edited on 24″ iMac using iMovie 06 HD
Gee Three Slick Volume 8 Stabilizer, Anti-Mattes, and Titles
Sound: iLife & Skywalker Sound Effects
Soundtrack: French Quarter Strut – Tucker Conspiracy
Egyptian Ella – Meschiya Lake
Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans – Billie Holiday
Video filmed with Sony DCR-HC52 DVR Handycam
Lenses: Sony VCL-0630X 30mm 0.6x Wide Angle Lens
Sony VCL-2030X 30mm 2x Telephoto Lens

Duration : 0:4:21

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When the Levee Breaks, a selfish look at the financial effects of Katrina and how many more fuel increases we can take

The aftermath of Katrina has affected more that just New Orleans
and the surrounding gulf coast. There are huge financial
implications associated with the catastrophe, from the initial
humanitarian aid to the rebuilding and repairing needed to get
the local area back on its feet. Eight oil refineries shut down
as a result of Katrina could take many months to restart. The
Gulf Coast is a prime supplier of oil, through pipelines now
shut due to lack of power and ocean-going barges unable to load
from ports eradicated by the storm.

From a global perspective, the loss of oil production in the
area is sending shockwaves through the world’s financial
institutions and economies. Even before hurricane Katrina’s
damage to oil production the price of fuel has increased to a
major degree. The following data compares price increases from
September 2004 to August 2005 in the United States of America
and the United Kingdom.

US Fuel Price Increases
September 2004

Unleaded: £0.28 ($0.48) per Litre
Diesel: £0.29 ($0.51) per
August 2005
Unleaded: £0.38 ($0.67) per
Diesel: £0.39 ($0.68) per Litre

UK Fuel Price Increases
September 2004

Unleaded: £0.87 ($1.59) per Litre
Diesel: £0.83 ($1.52) per
August 2005
Unleaded: £0.96 ($1.76) per
Diesel: £0.94 ($1.73) per Litre

In the United Kingdom, motorists are burdening more fuel
increases with the price of 1 litre soon to exceed £1 ($1.84).
About 65% of the price UK motorists pay goes to the government
in tax so the additional revenues generated are unlikely to
direct the government to rebalance tax levels on fuel unless the
wider economy comes under threat.

“…If it keeps on rainin’, levee’s goin’ to break
And the
water gonna come in, have no place to stay…”

When The Levee Breaks
Memphis Minnie
recording of
1929 written after the devastating Mississippi flood of 1927

My next visit to fill up my car is once again bound to force a
whimper from my wallet especially when the litre dial spins at
the same rate as the total cost dial. But as my day to day
problems range from the extra few pounds I have to pay on the
weekly fuel to what colour to paint my children’s bedrooms, I
consider myself very lucky and certainly very selfish… shame
on me!</P

Gordon Rant

French Quarter Fest, New Orleans

Music and soul from the Cresent City.

New Orleans, Louisiana is known for it’s World class musical events. It is after all the “Birthplace of Jazz,” and on just about any given day or night of the week you can stop into the most unsuspecting place, a joint here, a tavern there, and be enchanted, moved and grooved by the most talented of musicians.

What I love about the music in New Orleans is that it is utterly unpretentious: It’s cheap, it’s plentiful and it comes directly form the soul – it is raw emotion in motion. Everybody who is “anybody” plays down there, and everybody who is nobody (all of us) gets “down” with it.

The French Quarter Festival, featured in this video, is but one of New Orleans’ well known events. It is however lesser known than the Jazz Festival and therefore draws a smaller, more local crowd. The musicians in the French Quarter Fest are all well known local musician’s (one of the criteria) and boy do they know how to get a crowd up on their feet!

The beauty of the French Quarter Fest is that you can actually roam the Quarter, and down by the river, listening to Big Band, Swing, Latin Jazz, Zydeco, Soul, Gospel and more while noshing on favorite foods from some of our Country’s most notorious restaurants (Emeril’s, K-Paul’s, Arnaud’s…..) You can break off from the crowd, breathe, spread out, come and go, and go at slower pace than the much touted and also wonderful Jazz Fest which takes place in the Fair Grounds and has a “one time entrance only policy.”

So, get ready to get out of your chair and up on your feet and join FatBellyTraveler for a tour of French Quarter Fest 07′.

And then pick up the phone and book your reservations for French Quarter Fest 08′!

Special Thanks to:
French Quarter Festival All Stars with Connie Jones
Leif Pedersen’s Big Band
Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers
Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers
Marva White & the BMW’s

Duration : 0:4:26

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Miami Heat 76 vs. 90 New Orleans Hornets (PreSeason 10/13/2010) – NBA Videos in HD!

New Orleans Hornet def. Miami Heat, 90-76, Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, Bosh, Miami heat, heat hornets

Duration : 0:2:14

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The Changing Face Of NOFD

The faces of the New Orleans Fire Department are younger today than ever before. In fact, many firefighters who hold leadership positions have less than five years of experience.

Duration : 0:2:30

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New Orleans: Systemic Police Brutality Exposed

Flaherty: During Katrina police murdered and covered up – a continuation of systemic abuse of the poor

Duration : 0:10:36

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Fiorellas Fabulous Fried Chicken

If you are in New Orleans and you want to try a local favorite then this article “Fiorellas Fabulous Fried Chicken” looks at a great choice. There are additional links below with other great food choices when you are in New Orleans.

People come to New Orleans for all kinds of reasons and for some that reason is food.  If you love food there are few places better than N’awlins to indulge that passion. I always get the question, “Where can I get good food in New Orleans?”  Now really, how am I supposed to answer that?  Just about anywhere you turn are some really great places, but if you are looking for the best fried chicken in the Big Easy it has got to be Fiorella’s. Hands down.  If you don’t believe me just ask Southern Living Magazine.

Fiorella’s is located across from the New Orleans French Market at 45 French Market Place, but also has an entrance on Decatur St.  The menu is quite extensive and includes some traditional N’awlins fare like over stuffed po’boys and thick, spicy gumbo. It even stretches to things like Liver and Onions, pastas and fried pickles to name but a few.  If you don’t feel like getting out, no problem, Fiorella’s delivers in the French Quarter. You really should make the effort to dine in though; the experience is as enjoyable as the chicken and the tab is easy on the wallet .

My suggestion is find a seat and order a big frosted goblet of beer and a plateful of piping hot, crispy fried chicken and prepare to be amazed by this kickin’ chicken.  Just another little tip, let the pieces of the crispy golden brown skin crumble into the bowl of warm home-made mashed potatoes covered in brown gravy.  Yum.  Are you hungry yet?  Fiorella’s is a fun, casual place with the feel of being at your Mom’s for a big family meal.  Don’t be surprised if you are carrying on a conversation with the whole dining room between mouth watering bites.

This is a favorite hangout for locals, and you never know who might stop in. Fortunate are the New Orleans visitors who find out about Fiorella’s fabulous fried chicken before they leave town.  You can bet it will be one of their first stops on the next trip.  Steaming hot from the first piece to the last this chicken is worth a return trip all by itself. We are talking a whole new degree of finger-licking!

By Sharon Denise Talbot


Open Table – French Quarter Restaurants – New Orleans Dining Guide


The Princess & the Frog – Academy Award Nominated Best Orignal Song Down in New Orleans

The Evening Star is shining bright
So make a wish, and hold on tight
There’s magic in the air tonight

And anything can happen…

(First verse)
In the southland, theres a city
Way down on the river
Where the women are very pretty
And all the men deliver.

Theyve got music, its always playin.
Starts in the daytime, goes on through the night.
When you hear that music playin,
Hear what Im sayin, it makes you feel alright.

Grab somebody, come on down.
Bring your paintbrush, we paintin the town.
Theres some sweetness goin round,
Catch it down in New Orleans.

(Second verse)
Theyve got magic, good and bad
Makes you happy or make you real sad.
Get everything you want or lose what you had
Down here in New Orleans.

Hey partner, dont be shy.
Come on down, give us a try
You want to do some livin before you die?
Do it down in New Orleans.

(Third verse)
Shotgun shacks and mansions,
sugar barons and cotton kings.
Rich people, poor people, they all got dreams.
And dreams do come true in New Orleans.

Duration : 0:2:47

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New Orleans, The French Quarter and Market, Hurricane Katrina

The French Quarter and The French Market as they were seen 11 months AFTER Hurricane Katrina. The FQ survived and became the meeting areas for FEMA and the recovery effort due to the fact that it did not flood and the City is Open For Business.

Duration : 0:6:4

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Where can I mail something from in the French Quarter?

I need to have some pieces of mail sent out from New Orleans while I’m in the French Quarter. Does anyone know if there’s a USPS mail drop box inside the French Quarter or close to it?

The Loyola St. station is a good bet. If you’re staying at a hotel, check w/ the consierge. They may just send out your mail with theirs. There is a ‘postal’ store on the corner of Bourbon & either Dumaine or St. Philip. I went there back in ’08 when I was staying in NOLA. Good luck!

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