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Four Best Vacation Places For Honeymooners

A honeymoon is an unforgettable holiday that every newly married couple embarks on, before establishing their marital life. Although a honeymoon is a traditional idea, nevertheless it carries romantic sentiment and in some cases, honeymoon holiday packages are also gifted to the newly weds by parents and relatives.

Choosing a honeymoon vacation destination can be a little confusing, but there are travel agencies out there who offer wonderful honeymoon packages. There are a number of exotic places that a couple can visit and travel agents are the best informed to help with the final choice. The US alone has so many exquisite places to visit.

Hawaii has been ranked as the number one honeymoon destination for decades now. Sun-kissed beaches, azure water, hidden coves, world class accommodation and the delicious cuisine make Hawaii special. Popular and incredibly beautiful, Hawaii is a lovers paradise. For those who are sports enthusiasts, Hawaii is ‘the’ place to be in to enjoy amazing water sports. Hawaii is one of nature’s perfect creations and the weather is simply perfect all year round.

The places worth visiting in Hawaii are Waikiki and Maui islands that display the island’s culture and natural beauty. There are many luxurious accommodation options in Hawaii that offer wonderful packages and benefits like Halekulani, Hyatt Regency and the Kahala Mandarin Oriental Hawaii, to name a few.

Niagara Falls is another perfect destination for honeymooners. Niagara Falls is both, beautiful and economic and its panoramic view can be viewed from the US as well as Canada. The main attractions at Niagara Falls include the ‘Maid of the Mist’ boat cruise that screens an enjoyable feature film from IMAX about the history of Niagara Falls. The other must-see attractions are:

- The Guinness Book of World Records Museum
- Mystery Maze
- The Haunted House
- The House of Frankenstein

You should not forget to visit New York while you are at Niagara Falls. You will get a lot of room to splurge on shopping, restaurants and some of the world’s best theaters.

Florida may be ranked third, but no other destination can compete with Florida in terms of the warm festive ambience that it extends to its guests. Florida offers something for everyone and its itinerary of must see places is so long that tourists are often confused about where to go and what to leave out. Starting from Walt Disney World to the wonders of Orlando, Palm Beach, Miami, Daytona and the Florida Keys, the place is amazing. Along with sightseeing, Florida also offers all its guests lavish accommodation and the most exhilarating assortment of water sports.

Las Vegas is at number four not because it lacks something, but because it has a bit more than a couple on a honeymoon can expect. Las Vegas is also famous as the ‘city that never sleeps’ and is known for gambling and quick weddings, besides sightseeing. This city offers every couple on a honeymoon an experience of a lifetime.

Apart from these places, other hot honeymoon destinations in the US are California (Wine Country), Pennsylvania (Poconos), Louisiana (New Orleans) and almost all the southern states on the Gulf Coast.

Peter Wilson
http://www.articlesbase.com/travel-articles/four-best-vacation-places-for-honeymooners-135611.html


What can I do in New Orleans?

I’m staying for about four days (part of Sat., Sun, Mon, part of Tues.) Any must-see attractions?

Not knowing your interests, here is a fairly long list of things to do in New Orleans:

Mardi Gras and the Jazz Festival are world famous events, but New Orleans hosts many festivals and celebrations throughout the year: www.nola.com/festivals

There are many tours offered and examples are:

www.graylineneworleans.com
www.hauntedhistorytours.com

http://www.saveourcemeteries.org/tours/index.htm

The Saint Charles Streetcar is the oldest continuously operating street railway in the world and is a "tourist attraction" in its own right. It is part of the public transit system, as are the Canal Street and Riverfront streetcar lines: www.norta.com

There is always music, but the bands change: Go to www.bestofneworleans.com and click on Music then Listings or to www.offbeat.com and click on Listings, then Music.

Note that music clubs often advertise "No Cover", meaning there is no charge for entering. However, clubs with "No Cover" often require that customers buy a beverage each for every "set" of music (which can be every 20 minutes) so KNOW THE PRICE before you sit down. Clubs do that because some people will sit in the club all evening drinking nothing (clubs only make money from the drinks they sell – not from the music). It is also a good idea to pay for each round of drinks (in clubs on Bourbon Street) as it is delivered so there can’t be any confusion at the end of the evening.

An incomplete guide to bars & clubs:

http://www.10best.com/New_Orleans,LA/Nightlife/

www.neworleanscheapdrinks.com

About certain alcoholic beverages: Realize that some famous drinks are VERY potent compared with regular cocktails that have only 1 to 1 ½ ounces of alcohol. For example, a Hurricane is basically 3 or 4 ounces of rum in something like red Kool-Aid, and a Hand Grenade has at least 4 ½ ounces of Everclear + rum + vodka mixed with melon liquor. They don’t necessarily taste like an alcoholic beverage and it is easy to over-indulge.

Wander around the French Quarter, enjoy the architecture, watch the street entertainers (do tip), and visit some of the historic buildings that have been turned into museums (go to www.frenchquarter.com and click on Historic Attractions).

Assuming the weather is good, you can collect a sandwich lunch and eat in the riverfront park (watch the shipping) or in Jackson Square (a very nice park).

The Riverwalk shopping center has an air-conditioned food court with dining overlooking the river (www.riverwalkmarketplace.com). The Canal Place shopping center is in the French Quarter and has a cinema and higher-end shopping (Saks 5th Avenue, Brooks Brothers, etc.).

Magazine Street is a miles-long shopping district: www.magazinestreet.com

Louisiana is the only US state that offers tax-free shopping for international visitors, but not all merchants participate in the program: http://www.louisianataxfree.com/ Purchases of art may be tax-exempt: http://www.crt.state.la.us/culturaldistricts/DistrictMaps.aspx

The lobby for the Westin Canal Place Hotel is on the 11th floor and overlooks the French Quarter. It is a great place for an afternoon drink/snack:(www.westin.com).

Cafe du Monde is in the French Quarter and you shouldn’t miss having cafe au lait & beignets (www.cafedumonde.com). Another great coffee shop is the Croissant d’Or (at 617 Ursulines Street), which is open from 7:00am to 2:00pm and has food in addition to pastry.

The Palm Court restaurant is very nice, has moderate prices, and offers traditional live jazz starting at 8:00pm: 1204 Decatur Street, tel 504-525-0200 (reservations are important and they are not open every day). The Palm Court is closed from about mid-July 25th to sometime in August each year: http://www.palmcourtjazzcafe.com/

Maximo’s Italian Grill has great food and atmosphere: 1117 Decatur Street in the French Quarter, (504) 586-8883. www.maximosgrill.com

All of the famous restaurants (Antoine’s, Arnaud’s, Brennan’s, Commander’s Palace, etc.) reopened after Katrina. The Pelican Club (on Exchange Alley in the FQ) is not as well known but is the same type experience. Reservations are a good idea, and probably essential on weekends. Tujaques Restaurant (823 Decatur Street) is very traditional and has moderate prices: www.tujaguesrestaurant.com

Cafe Degas is a very French restaurant near City Park at 3127 Esplanade – which is not within walking distance of downtown (5 to 10 minutes by taxi). They are closed on Mondays & Tuesdays (504-945-5635). www.cafedegas.com

The Napoleon House restaurant is at 500 Chartres Street in the FQ, and has a menu of great local dishes: www.napoleonhouse.com

More restaurant suggestions: http://www.10best.com/New_Orleans,LA/Restaurants/

Preservation Hall has traditional live Jazz, and doesn’t serve alcohol so all ages are welcome: www.preservationhall.com

New Orleans has ballet, opera, a symphony orchestra, and theatre:

www.nobadance.com
www.neworleansopera.org
www.lpomusic.com
www.lepetittheatre.com

There is a free ferry across the Mississippi at the "foot" of Canal Street. It is a short trip but like a harbor cruise w/o a guide: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/canal_street_ferry

The Aquarium, Audubon Zoo, and the new Insectarium are world-class attractions (www.auduboninstitute.org) and you should see them if you can. The Zoo is several miles from downtown. You can drive to the Zoo (which has free parking) or take public transit from the French Quarter.

The Louisiana State Museum is in the French Quarter: http://lsm.crt.state.la.us/ New Orleans is also home to a number of other museums, such as the National World War II Museum (http://www.nationalww2museum.org/) and the New Orleans Museum of Art (www.noma.org). Both can be reached by public transit: The WWII museum is in the central business district but a long walk from the French Quarter. NOMA is not within walking distance of downtown but has free parking. Go to www.neworleansmuseums.com for info on more museums.

Harrah’s Casino is in the Central Business District: www.harrahs.com (age 21 required for entry)

New Orleans City Park has a variety of attractions + free parking. (www.neworleanscitypark.com).

Check www.frenchquarter.com and http://www.nola.com/visitor/ for ideas about other things to do.

I hope you have a great time!


5 Great Things to do in New Orleans – 1/22/10

I’m Craig Guillot, your New Orleans festivals and events Insider with Tripvine. Today is Friday, January 22, 2010 and here are your 5 Great Things to do in New Orleans This Weekend. For more information, visit Tripvine.com.

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The Story of Milk Studio – It Does a Body Good

Gather round my friends and you will hear the story of a Louisiana couple who persevered.  Once upon a time Mindy owned a lingerie shop on Decatur Street in the New Orleans French Quarter.  In the wake of Hurricane Katrina the city was in turmoil, and full of construction workers who didn’t need lingerie.  Desperate to save her retail space Mindy put the same artistic talent she had used to do the graphic designs on her lingerie to use on handcrafts.
 
Enter David the limo driver. Katrina also did a number on David. Leaving 10 feet of water in his home and making the need for limo drivers, even 25 year veteran limo drivers, basically non-existent in the Big Easy.  It looked like David needed a plan.  So with no place to stay and no job David moved to the French Quarter to try to find work.  What he found was Mindy.  Mindy needed someone to work her table in the French Market and David needed a job.  Sounds like a plan to me.
 
Mindy and David took their plan and a prayer and together turned a floundering lingerie shop into a flourishing business.  These guys with camera in hand went around the area taking pictures of NOLA landmarks, hotspots, and businesses. In a 3 day process that demonstrates detailed workmanship they create distinctive works of art in each beautiful glazed tile coaster, magnet and apron that are loved by locals and visitors alike.

Appreciating their efforts to keep intact some of the culture and history of the city, people started bringing in old grocery bags, matchbooks, notebooks, etc. The rest as they say is history, three years worth.

Next time you are in the French Market look for David and let him share some of his wonderfully nostalgic NOLA stories or stop in to see Mindy at the Milk Studio headquarters at 1309  Decatur and check out the new line of soy candles.  You can also visit David and Mindy at mindy@milkstudio.com           

I am inspired and humbled by the innovative people all over this great state, people like David and Mindy, who have suffered through devastating hurricanes, the aftermath and just rolled up their sleeves, picked up the pieces and kept right on going. Don’t you just love happy endings, it does a body good!

By Sharon Denise Talbot


Lenny Kravitz at Gallery 713

Doin’ it in New Orleans. Now on my way back to the Bahamas to finish the album. Lenny. Song: “Do It” from the forthcoming album. Also featured in the movie “Precious.” Film by Mathieu Bitton/candytangerine.com
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Check out this video of Lenny in the French Quarter with my pal Heidi Young and her dog Schucki.  This is not Lenny’s first visit to Gallery 713 while in New Orleans. He actually has and wears on stage one of Dana Tharp’s badass voodoo doll t-shirts.   Told y’all this place ROCKS!!  On your next NOLA visit make sure to visit Gallery 713.  On top of the super cool art available there, there is just no telling who you will run into.  I love this place!!
by Sharon Denise Talbot

Court of Two Sisters

 

 

 

Court Of Two Sisters

Judging from the gorgeous day I spent in the French Quarter yesterday, spring is sneaking up on us. With sunshine and birdsong I can’t think of a better place to enjoy a scrumptious Jazz Brunch in the Big Easy than the Court of Two Sisters. Located at 613 Royal Street in the heart of the New Orleans French Quarter the buffet style spread is vast or just order from the extensive menu. One is as good as the next, but believe me the brunch doesn’t leave much out. You may not need to eat the rest of the day! At the Court of Two Sisters the relaxing courtyard seating and the New Orleans Jazz music is just the ticket to start a beautiful NOLA day. A mimosa or two is the perfect compliment for this whole leisurely dining event.

Easter and Mother’s Day are coming soon! The Court of Two Sisters is the perfect place for your special family gathering. Mom will love this!! (Hint, Hint) Reservations, which are highly recommended, can be requested by visiting www.courtoftwosisters.com or by calling 504-522-7261.

If you can’t make it to the Crescent City anytime soon, try out this recipe from the famous kitchen at the Court of Two Sisters just to tide you over until you can experience heaven on a fork in person.

Crab Meat Au Gratin

Ingredients:
3 cups Mornay Sauce (see recipe below)
1 oz. Sherry
1 tsp. Creole Seasoning
¼ cup Green Onions, sliced thin
2 lbs. Jumbo Lump Crabmeat
1 cup Parmesan Cheese, grated

Method: In a stainless steel bowl, combine Mornay Sauce, sherry, Creole seasoning and green onions. Stir well and fold in crabmeat (do NOT break up crabmeat). Divide equally among six casserole dishes, top with Parmesan cheese and bake at 375° degrees for approximately 20-25 minutes until cheese starts to brown and sides bubble.

MORNAY SAUCE

Ingredients:
2 cups Milk
2 tbsp. Parmesan Cheese, grated
2 oz. Gouda Cheese, diced
2 oz. Romano Cheese
2 oz. Roux, blanc
1/8 tsp. Ground White Pepper
4 tbsp. White Onion, chopped
4 tbsp. Celery, chopped

Method: Bring milk to a boil. Add cheeses and whip smooth. Add pepper, onion and celery. Continue whipping for smoothness. Add roux to thicken. Strain sauce through fine mesh china cap.

By Sharon Denise Talbot

 

See you at the Court of Two Sisters


New Attractions in Orange Beach, AL at The Wharf

See http://www.ArenaOrangeBeach.com for more info. When you visit Orange Beach AL, come to The Wharf Resort and Marina where you'll find two great new family attractions and amusements including Bazooka Ball and Urban Adventure Laser Tag. Arena the Next Level Located at The Wharf 4720 Main Street, Suite 201 Orange Beach, AL 36561 Call 251-224-5297 for hours of operation and attraction pricing. Coming soon – Amusements and Games Arcade

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Things to do in New Orleans for the under 18 crowd(im17)?

I’ll be going down there in March and im looking for things to do while my rents are out doing whatever.
Any Clubs, attractions, anything for the under 18 crowd

Things a teenager can do in New Orleans:

Mardi Gras and the Jazz Festival are world famous events, but New Orleans hosts many festivals and celebrations throughout the year: www.nola.com/festivals

The Saint Charles Streetcar is the oldest continuously operating street railway in the world and is a "tourist attraction" in its own right. It is part of the public transit system, as are the Canal Street and Riverfront streetcar lines: www.norta.com

Wander around the French Quarter, enjoy the architecture, watch the street entertainers (do tip), and visit some of the historic buildings that have been turned into museums (go to www.frenchquarter.com and click on Historic Attractions).

Assuming the weather is good, you can collect a sandwich lunch and eat in the riverfront park (watch the shipping) or in Jackson Square (a very nice park).

The Riverwalk shopping center has an air-conditioned food court with dining overlooking the river (www.riverwalkmarketplace.com). The Canal Place shopping center is in the French Quarter and has a cinema and higher-end shopping (Saks 5th Avenue, Brooks Brothers, etc.). Magazine Street is a miles-long shopping district: www.magazinestreet.com

The lobby for the Westin Canal Place Hotel is on the 11th floor and overlooks the French Quarter. It is a great place for an afternoon drink/snack:(www.westin.com).

Cafe du Monde is in the French Quarter and you shouldn’t miss having cafe au lait & beignets (www.cafedumonde.com). Another great coffee shop is the Croissant d’Or (at 615 Ursulines Street), which is open from 7:00am to 2:00pm and has food in addition to pastry.

The Palm Court restaurant is very nice, has moderate prices, and offers traditional live jazz starting at 8:00pm: 1204 Decatur Street, tel 504-525-0200 (reservations are important and they are not open every day). The Palm Court is closed from about July 25th to about September 25th each year.

Maximo’s Italian Grill has great food and atmosphere: 1117 Decatur Street in the French Quarter, (504) 586-8883.

All of the famous restaurants (Antoine’s, Arnaud’s, Brennan’s, Commander’s Palace, etc.) have reopened. The Pelican Club (on Exchange Alley in the FQ) is not as well known but is the same type experience. Reservations are a good idea, and probably essential on weekends. Tujaques Restaurant (823 Decatur Street) is very traditional and has moderate prices: www.tujaguesrestaurant.com

Cafe Degas is a very French restaurant near City Park at 3127 Esplanade – which is not within walking distance of downtown (5 to 10 minutes by taxi). They are closed on Mondays & Tuesdays (504-945-5635).

The Napoleon House restaurant is at 500 Chartres Street in the FQ, and has a menu of great local dishes: www.napoleonhouse.com

Preservation Hall has traditional live Jazz, and doesn’t serve alcohol so all ages are welcome: www.preservationhall.com

New Orleans has ballet, opera, a symphony orchestra, and theatre:

www.nobadance.com
www.neworleansopera.org
www.lpomusic.com
www.lepetittheatre.com

There is a free ferry across the Mississippi at the "foot" of Canal Street. It is a short trip but like a harbor cruise w/o a guide: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/canal_street_ferry

The Aquarium, Audubon Zoo, and the new Insectarium are world-class attractions (www.auduboninstitute.org) and you should see them if you can. The Zoo is several miles from downtown. You can drive to the Zoo (which has free parking) or take public transit from the French Quarter.

The Louisiana State Museum is in the French Quarter: http://lsm.crt.state.la.us/ New Orleans is also home to a number of other museums, such as the National World War II Museum (www.ddaymuseum.org) and the New Orleans Museum of Art (www.noma.org). Both can be reached by public transit: The WWII museum is in the central business district but a long walk from the French Quarter. NOMA is not within walking distance of downtown but has free parking. Go to www.neworleansmuseums.com for info on more museums.

New Orleans City Park has a variety of attractions + free parking. (www.neworleanscitypark.com).

Check www.frenchquarter.com and http://www.nola.com/visitor/ for ideas about other things to do.

Hope you have a great time!


Historic Haunts with The Historic New Orleans Collection

Hey Y’all!  This is the time of year for haunted houses and ghost stories.  Where better to indulge than in the historic New Orleans French Quarter.  See you in NOLA!

Sharon Denise Talbot  

Media Contacts:
Lauren Noel, Marketing Assistant Emily Schmidt, Gambel Communications
(504) 556-7655 | laurenn@hnoc.org (504) 324-4242 | emily@gambelcommunications.com

For Immediate Release

*** Media Alert *** CALENDAR LISTING ***

discover the history behind the vieux carré’s most notorious legends
“Historic Haunts” tour available for a limited time only

WHO: The Historic New Orleans Collection

WHAT: “Historic Haunts: The Myths and Legends of the Vieux Carré,”
a special Halloween-inspired guided tour of the Louisiana History Galleries

WHEN: Tuesday–Sunday, October 1–31 • 2 p.m.
Sunday, October 31 • 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.

WHERE: The Historic New Orleans Collection, 533 Royal Street
French Quarter, New Orleans, LA

HOW: Admission is $5, free for THNOC members. This tour is intended for an adult audience. For more information, visit www.hnoc.org.

WHY: The Historic New Orleans Collection will once again feature “Historic Haunts: The Myths and Legends of the Vieux Carré” throughout the month of October. Introduced in 2009, the popular Halloween-inspired tour of The Collection’s Louisiana History Galleries explores the truth behind New Orleans’s more seedy legends and the French Quarter’s most infamous characters. The tour discusses the documented history and how it may have inspired the legends, allowing attendees to decide on their own what is myth and what is grisly truth.  Including the likes of Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau, rumored sadistic slave-owner Madame Lalaurie and pirate Jean Laffite, the tour examines 10 “haunted” locations in the Quarter using research conducted at the Williams Research Center.

Tours are available daily Tuesday–Sunday, October 1–30, at 2 p.m. On Halloween Sunday, October 31, three tours will be offered, at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. “Historic Haunts” is intended for an adult audience. Admission is $5, free for THNOC members.

The Historic New Orleans Collection—Preserving our Past for a Brighter Future.


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