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What was the original way New Orleans was pronounced?

I understand the locals normally say N’orlins – Stress on the Nor.
I was just curious if there was an original French way in which Orleans may have been pronounced. Currently I say New Orlins – stress on the Or, but when I was young I would say New Orleens – stress on the leens.

Only Hollywood and tourists call the city N”Awlins.

The original name of the city was in French: Nouvelle Orleans. It is pronounced new vell ore lay on.

There are two "normal” pronunciations today:

New Or le ans (Orleans is 3 syllables)
New Or leans (Orleans is 2 syllables)

The issue is somewhat confused by the fact the City of New Orleans is also (same boundaries) Orleans Parish (parish = county). Everyone says Or leans Parish (Orleans with 2 syllables).


Hornets Sting Back in Nba Basketball

The star of the evening for the Hornets was David West who scored a total of 40 points for his team of which 15 points he scored in the final quarter alone.  Los Angeles lost to New Orleans 105-116.  The defensive game played by the Hornets towards the end proved to be the turning point of the game in their favor.  NBA basketball results can be quite unpredictable!

The Lakers maintained a lead through most of the game with 92-89 in the fourth quarter but luck seemed to run out for Los Angeled when they were only able to score 5 of 21, as well as a shocking 3 of 11 from 3 point range and were outscored 27-13.

The Hornet’s coach, Byron Scott told the press that his team had to take up a defensive strategy as Bryant Kobe was unstoppable scoring on every throw and the Lakers also scored a number of 3 points.  His team tried to play Kobe straight up but that didn’t seem to work so they switched their strategy and tried to keep the ball away from him as much as possible.  This led to their win.  Live basketball results kept the fans glued to their seats all around the world.

Despite being formidable  in the first 3 quarters, Bryant was unable to deliver much in the final scoring a disappointing 2 points scoring only 1 of 6 as compared to 13 of 16 in the initial 3 quarters of the game.
Later Bryant spoke of the Hornets defense and how he couldn’t get his hands on the ball enough stating that “…they (Hornets) weren’t going to let me get a shot off”.

This was a fitting revenge for Hornets for the 2 losses they suffered at the hands of Lakers earlier on in the season in New Orleans.  David West scored 14 of 23 from the floor and another 12 of 13 from the foul line to tie up with his career high score.  West was also able to grab 11 rebounds as the Hornets won their incredible 16 the game out of 21.

West admitted that he was certain of his team’s win once they were able to force Bryant to slow down.  Winning this match was important for the Hornets as they had already lost twice to Lakers this season in their home base.
The two teams, Lakers and Hornets, will meet for a fourth and final game of this season on Feb, 20 at the Staples Center.  Hornets are hopeful of tyeing the record.

With only 5:24 minutes remaining for the end of the game, West scored 9 points giving the Hornets a lead of 109-99.  A 3 pointer by Derek Fisher with only 4:37 left, tried to compensate for Lakers inability to score in almost 4 minutes but there was no stopping the Hornets once they increased pressure on Bryant.

Paul was another All-Star for Hornets shooting 32 points, 3 steals, 15 assists and absolutely no turnovers in 44 minutes.  Tyson Chandler and Rasul Butler added 22 points and 14 rebounds between themselves.
The Hornets reached their highest score this season with 116 against Lakers.  The Lakers are pretty bogged down with
injuries as Jordan Farmar, Luke Walton couldn’t play because of left knee and right foot injuries respectively.  Now Lama Odam will also not be able to play in Wednesday night’s game due to a right knee injury during Tuesday’s game.

Peri Witny
http://www.articlesbase.com/basketball-articles/hornets-sting-back-in-nba-basketball-718316.html


USCG – New Orleans Rescue

NEW ORLEANS — A Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65C Dolphin rescue helicopter and crew safely hoist one adult and one child after their boat capsized in Lake Pontchatrain, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009. Coast Guard personnel from Station New Orleans, Air Station New Orleans and Aviation Training Center Mobile, Ala. assisted in the search of four people whose pleasure craft had capsized due to rough weather. The other two survivors were rescued by local law enforcement. U.S. Coast Guard video. Visit us at www.gocoastguard.com

Duration : 9 min 39 sec

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Bluegreen Club La Pension in New Orleans, Louisiana

This New Orleans resort is located at the edge of the French Quarter and within walking distance of the citys attractions, restaurants and shops. For award-winning Italian cuisine, dine at the intimate 4-star-rated Cafe Giovanni next door to the resort. After dinner stroll to the historic French Quarter and listen to the soulful sounds of New Orleans jazz as the irresistible aroma of Creole and Cajun food fills the Quarter. Or, walk across the street from the resort and try your hand—poker hand that is—at Harrahs Casino. Plus, renowned Bourbon Street is only two blocks away. This Bluegreen resort is close to everywhere you want to be during your New Orleans vacation.

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12 Yats of Christmas

Pre-Katrina, pre-2000s New Orleans culture comes to life in this parody of the classic “Twelve Days of Christmas.” Sadly, practically everything in this video is gone or changed drastically. Most of the businesses, if I’m not mistaken, had disappeared or were sold before my family even moved out of Louisiana in 2000.

Sorry for the mediocre audio/video quality, but the tape is well past its prime as its last recorded program—this sketch—was recorded no later than December 1995 or ’96.

The only thing missing from this is the few opening words—”On the first day of Christmas, my mawmaw gave to me a crawfish they caught…”—but I think the video makes up for it with a nice little surprise at the end.

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New Year’s Eve in New Orleans

Florida and Cincinnati fans speak out on Bourbon Street in New Orleans.

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Where can I find a grant for planting trees in New Orleans?

Where can I find grants to plant trees in New Orleans?
I want to revitalize a playground in New Orleans. The area is very poor and coming back slowly that I am considering. Due the families having low budgets, I was thinking of planting apple, orange and pecan trees in the park over the benches. I know the trees would bare fruit and the kids would be able to have a healthy snack. Any ideas of who I could ask for finacing on the trees and materials need to plant them?
ANy ideas on playground funders would be great too.

Start with Parkway Partners, since they already work with NORA on maintaining parks and parkways. Also, try Hike For Katreena, as they have a similar goal to yours.

Good luck!


What is a good website to get new orleans saints merchandisee in australia?

I am looking to purchase new orleans saints stuff for my room and to wear.do you know of any websites with new orleans saints merchandise

You can try the NFL site. I’m sure they will ship to Australia. The Saints are a good team to root for.

http://www.nflshop.com/home/index.jsp


PETE FOUNTAIN w/ Connie Jones’ French Quarter Festival All-Stars, 4/17/09

The legendary clarinetist Pete Fountain performs with cornetist Connie Jones’ French Quarter Festival All-Stars. Also, Otis Bazoon on sax, Tim Laughlin on clarinet, Rick Trolsen on trombone, David Boeddinghaus on piano, Bryan Barberot on drums. I forget the bassist’s name. Intro by Ronnie Kole. The opening tune is “Clarinet Marmalade”, with “St. Louis Blues” in the second part. What a way to kick off French Quarter Fest 2009!

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New Orleans attractions?

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:

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, 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!


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