New Orleans and Music are virtually synonymous. I love music, all kinds. I have my favorites like everybody else, but one of the things I love about New Orleans is there is music everywhere. I knew early on that I would never be a “Star” since I have no musical talent to speak of, so it is no wonder that I am in awe of those who do. After lunch one afternoon my husband handed me a CD on his way out to an appointment and said “A client gave me this. It’s her daughter. Listen to it and see if you want to catch her live performance later. She is playing in the Quarter tonight.” I figured I’d listen to the CD first, before deciding.
So after seeing him out, I picked up the CD again. “Alexis Marceaux” I read. “Pretty name”, I thought. The picture on the cover showed an attractive young lady lying in the grass. “Cute picture” was my next thought. I guessed her age to be very early 20’s at best. Still unsure this would be something I ( in my old age) could relate to, I popped the CD in and “pretty and cute” were not what I was thinking as this big amazing voice filled the room. Wow, could I relate and I definitely had to reevaluate. “Powerful” and “Beautiful” were just the beginning. Of course I was going to see her perform live. Alexis’ “Elevator Ride” had just become my new favorite song.
The revelations kept coming. Alexis, young as she might be, was no new kid on the block. She had played her first public venue at 7 years old and had written her first song at 13. This young singer-songwriter is also an accomplished piano, harmonica and guitar player. “Talented.” A New Orleans native, Alexis and her family had lost everything in Hurricane Katrina and had to start completely over. Katrina might have taken her home, but not her dream to play music. “Gutsy.” Her dream to play music in New Orleans, a city she loves. “ Heart.”
Check out Alexis Marceaux, the young lady with a powerful, big, beautiful voice who is also a multi-talented performer with guts and heart. I have seen and heard “Stars” with less to recommend them. I should have known better than to judge a book or, in this case, a CD by its cover. Find out for yourself. Alexis plays live venues all over the greater New Orleans area and is scheduled to perform at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in April. For more about Alexis and her scheduled appearances visit her website: http://alexismarceaux.com/
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Hey, so I obviously need some help. My family is one of those types that will sit in the room if there is not a specific game plan, so I need some cool New Orleans attractions that will get everybody excited and out of the room.
Do you know of any attractisons/places/or activities that will be fun and family friendly (there is a 16 year old and a 12 year old)?
I know that they enjoy the French Quarter, Jackson Square, and other places like that if that helps at all…
Thanks in advance for all the help!
Family-friendly 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
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
Louisiana is the only US state that offers tax-free shopping for international visitors: http://www.louisianataxfree.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).
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:
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, including golf and an amusement park with rides and attractions for children + free parking. City Park also presents "Celebration in the Oaks" from late November to early January: (www.neworleanscitypark.com).
Check www.frenchquarter.com and http://www.nola.com/visitor/ for ideas about other things to do.
A few restaurant suggestions:
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
The weekly newspaper “Gambit” has a dining guide: http://bestofneworleans.com/gyrobase/
Things for adults to do in New Orleans:
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: 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.
Harrah’s Casino is in the Central Business District: www.harrahs.com (age 21 required for entry)
Hope you have a great time!
New Orleans Attractions
It seems as if everything my family use to go to down there is closed like Six Flags. I really can’t find anything that I think would entertain a bunch of college students. We are going down there to volunteer but of course we have to have fun while we are down there helping. What are some happening places down there? Please take this question seriously, don’t reply with an answer if its not helping. I will report you because its in the rules.
There’s still tons of great shopping and eating to be done in New Orleans, to say nothing of all the great music there is to be heard. The French Quarter shops are mostly open, as are the Warehouse-Arts District and Magazine Street shopping district. And the festival season will kick off Labor Day weekend with Southern Decadence.
Before you go, visit the Offbeat or Gambit Weekly web sites and check the entertainment listings for the shows, clubs and festivals that will be going on while you’re there.
Catch a show by one of New Orleans’ brass bands. Some of the best brass bands are New Birth Brass Band, Rebirth BB, Forgotten Souls BB and Soul Rebels BB. It’s a mix of jazz, funk, hip hop & sometimes r n’ b that’s great for dancing, and truly captures the spirit of the city.
Every Sunday, at Tipitina’s, there’s a Cajun Fais Do Do from 5pm-9pm. If you can, go one evening that features Bruce Daigrepont. His band is one of an elite few that are preserving the true spirit of Cajun music while updating it and making it relevant for a modern audience. Even if you don’t know anything about Cajun music, it’s worth going just to watch everybody dancing and to see this historic club. 501 Napoleon Ave. http://www.tipitinas.com/default.asp
Go to Mid-City Lanes, for bowling, music or both. They have lots of great rock, funk and zydeco shows, and you can bowl even if the band is playing. Geno Delafose, George Porter and Snooks Eaglin are among the best acts that play here pretty regularly. 4133 S. Carrollton Ave.
Go on a Haunted New Orleans tour with New Orleans’ greatest tour guide, Robert Florence. His company Historic New Orleans Tours is the best in town. I promise you won’t regret spending a couple hours with him as he tells ghost stories about the city. Tours happen daily, rain or shine. Visit the web site for the full list of available tours.
The Audubon Zoo & Aquarium have reopened
The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, a Smithsonian affiliate, has great folk, primitive and outsider art exhibitions.
Visit Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World. It’s a little bit hokey, but it’s still fun to see the factory where many of the Mardi Gras floats are made and view them up-close.
You could try to catch a Tulane University football game: http://www.tulanegreenwave.com
Eat muffalettas at Central Grocery, 923 Decatur Street.
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If you’re an avid traveller, you’re likely to have taken all the ‘usual’ vacations – from beach breaks and mountain retreats to spa getaways. And if you don’t get the opportunity to travel much, you’ll undoubtedly want your trips to be extraordinary and well-worth your time. The reality is that while there are countless types of fulfilling recreational pursuits out there, travellers are always looking for new and interesting ways to spend their vacations. After all, everyone wants to come away with a holiday experience that’s not only unique, but unforgettable.
A gem in the realm of vacations has long been the culinary tour. Yet this type of getaway has kept a perpetual sense of novelty, quite simply because there are so many ways to relish it. When you go to a beach, you can expect sun, sand and waves; but when you take a tour reflecting all the cultural and culinary influences upon the cuisine of a region, you might come away with much more than you bargained for. Simply put, if you love travelling, enjoy trying new things and can’t get your fill of good food, a culinary tour is the perfect type of vacation for you.
No matter where you go these days, there’s something delicious to eat. But there are certainly parts of the US which boast a rich culinary history. One of these is undoubtedly New Orleans, Louisiana. Sure, New Orleans is famous for its Mardi Gras celebration and Jazz Fest; but the city, known as “The Big Easy,” is also world-renowned for its culinary customs. New Orleans is noted for its mix of cultures, each of which has held on to its past traditions in some way – and food, like music, just happens to be one of the most prominent of these traditions.
Tour the city’s most famous kitchens and dining rooms – particularly in the French quarter and along Bourbon Street – and learn about the many ethnic influences that have helped shape its history and unique cuisine. Pick up on the culinary contributions of historic restaurants in the area, dating from 1840 to present, and learn the distinctions between Creole and Cajun foods! No matter how you go about it, you can’t go wrong with a culinary tour in New Orleans.
Alternatively, why not combine a culinary tour with a wine-tasting excursion? Napa Valley, California is undoubtedly the ideal destination if this idea strikes your fancy. Napa Valley is the American capital of food and wine, and a region which attracts countless visitors from around the world each year. By touring a winery, you can come to appreciate the various processes involved in producing an exquisite wine – from harvesting and fermentation to ageing. And aside from all the fantastic culinary treasures and premium wines, you can expect stunning, picturesque scenery. Whether you’re a novice or an accomplished wine connoisseur, a wine and culinary tour in Napa Valley is guaranteed to delight you. Moreover, Napa Valley is just 30 miles north of San Francisco, so you could easily make your way down to try the culinary treats of the “Golden Gate City” – which includes those in America’s largest Chinatown.
If you’re considering a culinary tour, rest assured that you’ll find a number of fantastic options for accommodation – regardless of whether you’re off to the east coast, west coast or deep south. A culinary tour is truly one of the best ways to become acquainted with a city’s culture and unique character – so why not book a culinary tour today and prepare to have your taste buds dazzled!
The New Orleans Saints are giving fans another jolt of Super Bowl euphoria. Carnival floats carrying players, coaches and the team’s owner rolled through downtown New Orleans for a victory parade Tuesday. (Feb. 9)
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