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Senior going to New Orleans first week December, what Hotel, what to see, what to do?

Would like to See New Orleans. Senior planning trip first week of December. What is weather like, what to see (museums, tourist attractions, tours), what to eat, nightime entertainment. Heres the catch. It has to be on the CHEAP. Need advice to save money. I travel on a limited budget.
What is a cheap hotel that is within walking distance to attractions? I need suggestions. HELP!

Easily write for hours on this one – favorite city…
Haven’t been since the hurricane – been the longest I’ve been away in 15 yrs…
I’ll give general locations – but ask anyone local – they will point you in the direction….

MUST (food & some other stuff): I’ll list a few…

Cafe du Monde (accross from jackson sqr) Ben-yais (no idea how to spell it) and cafe au lait – MUST – you’ll end up here alot – its open 24hrs (used to be at least)

Central Grocery (right by jackson sqr) – split a half mufaletta (its huge).

Mother’s (not far from harrahs – two blocks away from canal and a block away from the river) – GREAT FOOD

End of bourbon you’ll find the blacksmith shop – now a bar (I think the oldest in america).

On the edge of the quarter is a graveyard (walking distance – daytime) – go see it.

Acme oyster – block off of canal and 1/2 block off bourbon in the quarter – historical and a must for some oysters or mudbugs.

Columns Hotel – cool place – take the st. charles street car out there from the quarter.

As to the cheap hotel – try to get something off the St. Charles Line (street car) assuming its still running.

have fun and be safe.


New Orleans Blues Guitar Slim Jr. Sweet Home New Orleans R&B Series

Guitar Slim, Jr., the son of New Orleans blues legend, Guitar Slim, has made a name for himself beyond his famous father’s legacy. His first album, “The Story of My Life” earned Guitar Slim, Jr. a Grammy award nomination. A talented guitarist in his own right, Guitar Slim, Jr., aka Rodney Armstrong carries on his father’s legacy as a blues guitar virtuoso and a masterful entertainer.

The original Guitar Slim was an early blues guitar sensation, both electrifying musician and entertaining performer. He is considered, along with B.B King and Buddy Guy to be one of the original blues greats. Unfortunately, the hard living of a blues musician took Guitar Slim too soon. He died in 1959 at the age of 34. Thankfully, before he died he was able to impress upon his young son Rodney the spirit of his guitar mastery. Because the name “Guitar Slim” was never trademarked there are many others who have adopted the name in an attempt to associate themselves with greatness. Only one, Guitar Slim’s own son, Rodney Armstrong, has both the right and the style and technique to carry on his father’s legacy.

In this video Guitar Slim, Jr. and his band, including two other masterful blues guitarists, play “Pride & Joy,” an R&B song at Banks Street Bar in New Orleans the location of the Sweet Home New Orleans Summer R&B Series. Each Thursday night through the summer Sweet Home New Orleans presents some of New Orleans’ most talented R&B and blues musicians. The Summer R&B series is one of the many programs sponsored by Sweet Home New Orleans in their “Bringing the Music Back to New Orleans” initiative.

To find out how you can help Sweet Home New Orleans preserve New Orleans’ rich musical heritage, go to SweetHomeNewOrleans.org.

This video includes three excellent blues guitar solos. Starting at the 3:00 point, all three of the band’s incredible guitarists take a turn soloing. Close ups of the guitarist’s fingers during their solos is included. Song 2 of this performance is a more traditional blues song and includes even more amazing guitar solos.

Duration : 0:6:35

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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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Wyndham Avenue Plaza Resort-Celebrate Mardi Gras Stay in New Orleans Hotel near Bourbon Street

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Wyndham’s Avenue Plaza Resort hotel keeps you close to all the New Orleans excitement but away from most of the crowds and commotion. Youll stay in a quieter area of the city that’s only minutes from the popular French Quarter. With on-site concierge service available to you, you’ll find an endless playground in “The Big Easy – world-famous for jazz music, great restaurants, fabulous shopping and unique attractions.

Avenue Plaza Resort, located in the picturesque Garden District off St. Charles Avenue, offers studios and one-bedroom beautifully furnished suites with fully-equipped kitchenettes. Experience the outdoor courtyard swimming pool, with jetted soaking tub attached, on the landing to “The Ashley House,” an antebellum home that is owned by the resort. Visit the resorts rooftop sun deck to enjoy a spectacular view of the city. If youre interested in a juicy steak, fresh seafood or gumbo, Mr. Johns restaurant, located in the lobby, really hits the spot.

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Napoleon House – New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

http://tripwow.tripadvisor.com/tripwow/ta-00a1-321a-f77e?ytv2=1 – Created at tripwow.tripadvisor.com by TravelPod Attractions

TripAdvisor™ TripWow Napoleon House New Orleans to New Orleans by TravelPod Attractions.

Title: Napoleon House New Orleans

Cities visited on this trip:
– New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

Photos in this video:
“Mario – Napoleon House”
from a blog entry titled “New Orleans”
by TravelPod member chris-barbara

“Napoleon house rest.”
from a blog entry titled “New Orleans 3rd day”
by TravelPod member lagalag1

“Napoleon House #1″
from a blog entry titled “New Orleans, Louisiana”
by TravelPod member lukeroyle

“Napoleon House #2″
from a blog entry titled “New Orleans, Louisiana”
by TravelPod member lukeroyle

“Napoleon House #3″
from a blog entry titled “New Orleans, Louisiana”
by TravelPod member lukeroyle

“Napoleon House”
from a blog entry titled “hanging out in NOLA”
by TravelPod member stephtodd

Duration : 0:1:24

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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.

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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!


Has anyone ever driven from New York to New Orleans?

We are planning a road trip to New Orleans for Mardi Gras in Feb 2010… I am looking for some information on the route down, meaning attractions, sights etc… I’ve never driven down that way before and am wondering if there is anything worth stopping for on the way down??

I have not driven between NY and NO, but have driven from New Orleans to North Carolina (most of the way). The most direct route from NY is via Harrisburg, Knoxville, and Birmingham. A more interesting route would probably be via Washington DC, Charleston, Savannah, Jacksonville, and Pensacola/Mobile – but it would also be a longer trip (though only about 250 miles more.).

All of the states and cities have tourism websites.

Realize that traffic and parking are the absolute number one problem in New Orleans during Carnival. Don’t try to park on the street – it’s a recipe for being towed away by the City. If your hotel is in the French Quarter most of the FQ becomes a pedestrian mall starting the Thursday before Mardi Gras Day. Ask your hotel how to get your car into the "no vehicles" area, and remember the nighttime crowds may be very thick.

Go to these sites for info about Carnival in New Orleans, and the FAQ sections may be very useful:

http://www.mardigras.com/

http://www.mardigrasguide.com/

Hope you have a good trip!


Finding a Reputable Dating Agency

Dating agencies are a great way to meet new people, especially when you feel as though you keep running into the same people in the same places. Internet dating has become very popular, but local and national dating agencies still exist to hook people up face to face. While Internet dating can be a lot of fun, dating agencies can also prove very useful. To have a good time and meet quality people, one has to find not just a dating agency, but a reputable dating agency.

If you are in the market for a new agency, ask your friends what dating agencies they have used. Word of mouth is how many dating agencies survive, and when you get the recommendation of a friend or family member, that means a lot more than getting a flyer on your windshield or seeing a commercial while viewing your nightly television. Dating agencies all have something different to offer, so you also need to determine what you want and expect of an agency before you decide on one for you.

When you contact dating agencies, you should interview them as much as they interview you. Ask questions about what clientele they target, and what your expectations should be when you work with them. If you only want to date a specific type of person, be up front about this so that you can take advantage of your exposure through dating agencies. Check out your dating agency, and be sure that they are reputable, even if you have to ask for references.

My Experiences with Dating Agencies: I never could have imagined that dating agencies would bring back romance back into my life. After my wife died two years ago, I plunged wholeheartedly into my medical career. There was no social life for me beyond the white walls of the hospital where I worked as a medical practitioner. I longed for a mate who would understand me and kindle the same kind of spark in me as my beloved wife did.

During one of my lunch breaks, I happened to read an interesting article about dating agencies. Until that point in time, I believed that dating agencies were meant for people with personality flaws, big time introverts, or for people who had ulterior motives like scamming someone out of her money and modesty. However, that article set me thinking positively about trying out a dating agency. Just after I finished my days work, I logged into one of the computers and surfed an online dating side. What I saw made me feel interested, and curious to know more.

I checked through some of the profiles, and to my amazement found some like-minded men who were rather cute and seemed to have honorable intentions. I registered for a dating website and prayed that my personal contact details were kept private and my information was not given to anybody until I gave the consent. My doubts were laid to rest when I saw genuine responses coming from people who were interested in knowing more about me. The dating agency just sent me a brief profile about them and gave me the liberty to pursue or reject them.

The online dating agency stuck to its promise about the confidentiality factor, and passed on to me the information of men who met my picture of an ideal man. I particularly began to forge a steady friendship and relationship with a man from New Orleans who was an electrical engineer. To our amazement, both of us had a lot of common interests and tastes, from television programs to food. We hit it off like long lost friends. We met in person after a month, and the relationship has only grown stronger thanks to the dating agency. Trust me, dating agencies work wonders!

George Wood
http://www.articlesbase.com/dating-articles/finding-a-reputable-dating-agency-53405.html


how is French Quarter now different from the 1940s?

i need to get a brief history on the name "French Quarter" and the importance of bourbon street.
i tried some websites but the history is a mess.
links provided is good enough thanks.

The French Quarter, also known as Vieux Carré, is the oldest and most famous neighborhood in the city of New Orleans, Louisiana. When La Nouvelle Orléans ("New Orleans" in French) was founded in 1718 by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville, the city was originally centered on the French Quarter, or the Vieux Carré ("Old Square" in French) as it was known then. While the area is still referred to as the Vieux Carré by some, it is more commonly known as the French Quarter today, or simply "The Quarter." The district as a whole is a National Historic Landmark, and contains numerous individual historic buildings. It was affected relatively lightly by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, as compared to other areas of the city and the region as a whole. The Quarter is subdistrict of the French Quarter/CBD Area.


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