New Orleans is a city for fun year around and for the young and old. This post shows that. There are additional links to things to do in New Orleans below.
Fun Things To Do In New Orleans In Or Near The French Quarter
1. The World War II Museum - The WWII museum wants to make people aware of the sacrifices, teamwork and courage exhibited by the men and women who served in WWII.
2. The Louisiana State Museum - The Louisiana Museum was founded in 1906. The mission of the Louisiana State Museum is collect, preserve, interpret and present the state’s rich history and diverse cultures.
3. Audubon Insectarium - At the time of this article, one of the newest attractions in the French Quarter is The Audubon Insectarium. The Audubon Insectarium is one of the must see attractions for kids. They will learn interesting facts about insects and enjoy a little insect meal.
4. Ride The St Charles Streetcar - You can take the street car to get almost anywhere you want. The Regional Transit Authority (RTA) operates three streetcar lines: the famous, historic St. Charles line, the Canal Street line, and the Riverfront line. All lines either run along or intersect with Canal Street in the area between the French Quarter and the Central Business District (CBD) connecting Uptown/Garden District, Carrollton, Mid-City, City Park and the Marigny. The RTA is currently adding more Streetcar lines. Simply click on the link below and check schedules and maps to see where the street car can take you.
5. The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA – Enjoy the home to more than 60 sculptures created by artists from all around the world. The garden is open 7 days per week. Admission is free. The Sculpture Garden is closed on all legal holidays.
I went to visit some relatives the past few days, and while I was there I took some videos of the French Quarter New Orleans. Just to show you what it’s kind of like in The Big Easy aka New Orleans.
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New Orleans Hotels
There are many New Orleans Hotels but for a Boutique Hotel in the very heart of New Orleans there is one that holds a higher standard, The Bienville House on the edge of the French Quarter. It is a very distinctive property with style and grace.
The Bienville House has all of the unique elegance of a French Quarter Manor, it is unique in the New Orleans Hotels. A crystal blue pool is surrounded by a flagstone courtyard and is overlooked by many of the room’s wrought iron balconies. There are four sundecks for you to relax and savor the ambience.
This lovely hotel started as a grain warehouse but it has gone through many manifestations since then to become the boutique hotel it is today the queen of New Orleans Hotels.
In the beginning it was Planter’s Rice Mill, then Thompson’s Rice Mill and Southern Syrup Manufacturing. Then, in 1985, the building was completely transformed into the North American Hotel. The original advertising stated it was a delightful summer residence for Ladies and Gentlemen. Unfortunately the hotels owners went their separate ways and the building was divided into a boarder’s hotel and a fire house. Then it was converted to 20 luxury apartments and started the rival of Decatur Street. In 1972, after surviving a fire from across the street, it was purchased by the Monteleone Family.
The location of the Bienville hotel on Decatur Street mixes the old and new of the charming French Quarter. With its lovely wrought iron balconies this intimate property is the closest to the French Quarter and therefore many attractions are close by. Some of them include Aquarium of the Americas, Canal Place Shopping Center (including Saks Fifth Avenue and Brooks Brothers), Woldenberg Park, IMAX Theater and the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. From this New Orleans hotel you can be spellbound by the stars at the Hard Rock Café while still enjoying the historic French quarter with it’s many famous eateries and scenery.
From this splendid location you can find antique shops, New Orleans’s signature Jazz Clubs, famous restaurants, beautiful historic buildings, voodoo shops, museums, the wharf and more. Just blocks from the exciting 24 hour Bourbon Street, you can find spectacular antiques and art galleries on Royal Street.
AAA has awarded it the coveted Three Diamond title and the Bienville is a member of the Historic Hotels of America. This boutique hotel consistently works hard to go beyond the standards that are demanded of that title.
They have a restaurant, the Louisiana Heritage Café that also serves as a school of cooking. In its casual setting it offers seafood, pasta, soup and salads in the New Orleans tradition. Some of Chef Faroldi’s dishes include Seafood Beignets with Remoulade Sauce, Blackened Catfish topped with Crawfish Etouffée and the famous “Rajun Cajun” Omelets. It is located on the first floor of the hotel and serves three meals a day.
The culinary lessons at the Louisiana Heritage Café can be for individuals or groups. Anyone can attend these lessons. The delicious fare is typically Cajun and Creole and while the chef is preparing the dishes he offers historic stories that will compliment his presentation.
For the business person Bienville House Hotel has a charming space for small meetings or parties for up to 100 guests. In the board room, which will hold 12, you can see the historic roots of this New Orleans Hotel in the exposed brick from the 1800′s. Within this board room you will find all of the amenities, like a wireless internet, and a wide range of AV equipment. The Vieux Carre room has 1,318 square feet available for larger meetings. All catering needs will be met by the staff at the Louisiana Heritage Café.
After your business meetings, the location of the Bienville House will delight your fellow attendees. With attractions like Bourbon Street, Jax Brewery, Jackson Square, the Mississippi Riverfront, Harrah’s Casino and the Canal Street and St Charles Avenue Streetcar lines your peers will have plenty of things to occupy them. With it’s proximity to New Orleans Central Business district the Bienville House is one of the New Orleans Hotels, most prestigious addresses it’s a natural for any business person.
They have what they call The Corporate Executive Option to give all business travelers a satisfying experience. Then, after a successful day, the business traveler is mere steps from the city’s greatest restaurants, jazz establishments and shops. This plan offers the best rates with superior accommodations and many amenities. In your room you will find plenty of space to work with large desks, phones with data ports and cable TV. Included in this option is express check-in and check-out. You can count on the staff’s support to help arrange a small meeting or a corporate reception. You couldn’t do better than these elegant surroundings with state of the art equipment. Even business travelers will enjoy staying in New Orleans Hotels.
When you use the Corporate Executive option you have many benefits. Some of them include, valet parking, a USA Today paper each morning, complimentary faxing, same day laundry and dry cleaning and 500 miles per stay on their specified air partners. There are these and many more amenities within New Orleans Hotels.
With all of these benefits and a very Tony address, give the Bienville House Hotel a try when you are thinking of booking into one of New Orleans Hotels.
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New Orleans Hotels offer some unique opportunities for the enjoyment of this amazing city.
New Orleans Hotels
Barack Obama discusses the challenges in rebuilding New Orleans on the second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. See how the city and its people are rebuilding and moving forward.
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I shot video of former DNC Chairman Don Fowler laughing at New Orleans hurricane prospects while talking to Congressman John Spratt of SC. You can’t hear Spratt but he chuckles along with. We were on the flight back from the Democratic Convention in Denver. Redstate.com
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This is a “Live” recording, 2nd. April 2006, from Riverside City Band’s “Spring Concert” at the Culture House “Magasinet” in Odense, Denmark — featuring Pete Allen in the tune — the old New Orleans classic Bourbon Street Parade.
Riverside City Band is a well established professional jazz band and the members are musicians with a lot of experience playing jazz. The band plays traditional Dixieland jazz.
Riverside City Band is situated in Odense, Denmark and was founded in 1978. The band leader is the saxophonist Erland Larsen, and together with the banjo player and vocalist Tom Nissen, they have been members of this band from the beginning. The other musicians are Thorlai Ishoy, trombone — Peter Christensen, trumpet – Povl Erik Philipsen, double bass/vocal and Per Andersson, drums. During the years the band has played with a lot of well-known soloist Danish as well as Foreigners, as the English clarinettist Pete Allen. Pete Allen is possibly one of Europe’s best jazz clarinettists in the traditional and swing style.
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TONI VESCOLI BAND live in Rubigen, Switzerland 2008.
Toni Vescoli: voc, guitar Chris Beck: voc, drums Felix Mueller: voc, bass Markus Maggi: voc, keys, accordion Peter Glanzmann: voc, guitar
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I was surfing the web one night and came across these pictures of a drunk guy on bourbon street. I almost called the cops in New Orleans before they did! http://www.tropicalisle.com/webcam.html
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New Orleans is filled with plenty of colorful characters. This article “Mr. Carriere And Knucklehead” is just an example of one of them. There are additional links at the end of this article that will lead you to other sites that offer information about New Orleans attractions.
When you come to the New Orleans French Quarter you can’t help but notice the colorful mule drawn carriages throughout the Quarter streets. A relaxing buggy ride is often just the thing for foot weary sight seers, history buffs or romantic couples who want to snuggle a little closer than walking will allow.
These rides also include a narrated tour of the historic French Quarter and the renowned “Cities of the Dead”. No matter how much I think I know about New Orleans there is always more I don’t know. I love visiting with a particular buggy driver and his sidekick, Knucklehead. A virtual walking history book this guy knows his stuff. With thirty-five years of being a NOLA tour guide under his belt Mr. Carriere is as much a Big Easy attraction as the landmarks people flock to the Crescent City to see.
Twelve bucks for a thirty minute ride with someone who knows the streets and the stories as well as Mr. Carriere and Knucklehead is a hell of a deal. If you have never done the buggy ride thing or even if you have, treat yourself to a half hour with a favorite French Quarter fixture. Let Mr. Carriere take you on a scenic ride and regale you with NOLA tales of the past and present. Look for the lavender colored buggy parked in front of Jackson Square, feed Knucklehead a carrot and take in the sights and sounds of the historic Vieux Carre’ with a master storyteller.
The cadence of Knucklehead’s hoofs and timbre of Mr. Carriere’s voice are perfect compliments to the cacophony of sounds that resonant through the French Quarter. With plenty of tours to choose from this one covers all the bases. Informative but interesting, entertaining and amusing this is definitely one for your New Orleans “To Do” list. Enjoy the ride!
By Sharon Denise Talbot
Katrina survivor Phyllis LeBlanc recounts her story of struggle and survival in the aftermath of the storm. LeBlanc offers a story of optimism and civic pride in her hopes for the future of New Orleans.
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1 bedroom lock out room #428A
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