Posts tagged "Travel"

HEAVY BRASS Part One

A silent musical comedy from New Orleans. . . if you can imagine that.

Duration : 7 min 35 sec

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SECRET NEW ORLEANS: TJ & Di Théâtre d’Orléans! Voodoo Vapors!

VIEUX CARRÉ CONFIDENTIAL! (series) episode #13! TJ Fisher and Di Harris adventures! The Hoo-hah Ladies of the French Quarter live life out loud! In this retro-style film clip — the funky, fun, chic and slightly mad fashionistas open up their world and take you with them! To unexpected places and French Quarter haunts! Tag along with the mad hattresses, and enjoy an armchair Voodoo-trance “window shopping” spell and spree on Royal Street, and beyond! Snippets of French Quarter life!

Well seasoned by an intriguing life stories that resemble weird Hollywood sagas flavored by sensational speculation, TJ and Di remain full of humor and fanciful visions. They are fearless wunderkind prone to incite, without compunction, a firestorm of controversy in their wake. The zany duo enjoy poking fun at themselves, as well as Hollywood “It” girls, rock star royalty, high society butterflies and Hollywood elite. Glitterati, literati, pundits and paparazzi are all fair game for VIEUX CARRÉ CONFIDENTIAL!

In an intoxicating old town that truly embraces the individual, these two one-of-a-kind women — similar to other colorful local fixtures — start trends instead of following them. First jokester TJ hunts for her koo-koo tweety bird, who is roosted atop her head. Playfully poised in front of the storefront window display of Di’s French Quarter international boutique, TJ gets the lowdown on tastemaker retailing. Zogwald’s features hip-glamour clothing and timeless collectibles. Next Di is seen shopping at the famed and gritty Bourbon Street Quartermaster Deli, a storied 24-hour grocery store of comfort food and colorful characters. The double-trouble pair of wild and whacky divas window-shop at Fleur De Paris couture millinery shop. Girly-girl, romantic and sophisticated hats! Chapeaus! Couture! Last the two appear in a quick-snapshot montage of French Quarter destinations, in a town uniquely well suited to a rolling parade of music stars, Mardi Gras queens, pretty princesses, glamour girls, big-eyed tourists and troublemakers.

Old world crawfish boils, bands, music, mystery, madness, hatboxes, vapors, steeples, spires, splendor — the New Orleans way! The Who Dat attitude!

See kicky-cool Swamp Empress TJ Fisher and Peacock Princess Di Harris, in additional Tanzmanianmudbug YouTube postings:

http://www.youtube.com/user/Tanzmanianmudbug

Always at the cornerstone of eccentric behavior, TJ drives a ’59 pink Cadillac convertible named Lulabell, and Di rides a 1968 “My Fair Lady” model banana-seat Stingray. TJ Fisher is the accolade-winning author of multiple works of New Orleans-based nonfiction and fiction. Award-winning designer Di Harris is the fashion maven and vintage vamp pinup artist behind the trademark “Oonkas Boonkas” style chic. (TJ also maintains a home in Palm Beach, Florida and Di in Melbourne, Australia.)
Read more about TJ at:
?http://www.tjfisher.com
?http://www.tjfisher.net

In New Orleans town, the time-honored circle of rosary beads, revelry and rue come together. Intriguing tales of unconventionalities abound. A wildly personal place, customs, sacraments and superstitions do not fit easily into any one category. That is what makes New Orleans particularly interesting, entertaining, amusing and controversial. It is a community of rich ethnicities, religions, opinions. The ancient city is a unique place of worship and frolic, introspection and self-discovery — for the holy and hedonistic alike. New Orleanians are mainly spiritual and yet separate and aloof, sometimes religious and sometimes not, deeply influenced by our existence and death on the edge. Known to be unorthodox, ideological, cryptic and philosophical, the people of New Orleans often take what they want from Catholicism, Baptism, Judaism and Voodooism — forming new conjunctions with their own cherished traditions. The truth is that the Crescent City takes in life with a different set of eyes, with an open and caring “anything-goes” attitude. Le Bon Temps Roule. Some call the locals idiosyncratic and iconoclastic, and it is true. Passions run rampant. Emotions are poured, provoked and stirred. Senses ignited. The spirit and soul of the city — the unique history, culture and customs — reign supreme.

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HBO and David Simon’s lush new drama series Treme “gets” New Orleans; they definitely get it, do you? Do you get the resilient heart, soul, spirit and humor of the people and places of New Orleans…?

DO YOU KNOW WHAT IT MEANS TO MISS NEW ORLEANS?

Duration : 0:4:53

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Ben’s Tours–New Orleans’ French Quarter

Each installment of Ben’s Tours takes you on a visit to a special place. This time join me as we explore the highlights of New Orleans’ French Quarter district. **Please note this is a repost of an older clip I accidentally deleted from the group the other day**

Duration : 0:7:7

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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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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!


Book New Orleans Now, Pay Later!

http://bookit.com BookIt.com TV spot featuring discount rates in many BookIt destinations such as New York City, Mexico, Las Vegas, Florida and the Caribbean plus “No Payments for up to 6 Months” when you the BillMeLater payment option on BookIt.com.

Duration : 0:0:31

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Lookin'@Louisville – Exploring Bourbon Country Part 1 – Episode 17

In this episode we take you on a Bourbon Country adventure departing from Louisville on the Mint Julep Tour bus to the central Bardstown region of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. We visit Jim Beam, Heaven Hill, Tom Moore and Maker's Mark distilleries. Dining at Kurtz's Restaurant.

Duration : 9 min 57 sec

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New Orleans – My Journey Contest Video for Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet author Tom Downs loves New Orleans’ soulful, saucy and eccentric nature. Located as far South as geogrpahically possible in the USA, it’s only mildly American in flavour, more a gumbo of French, Carribbean and African American. Tourists might flock to Bourbon Street’s non-stop carnival but the whole city really knows how to have a great time.
Produced by Lonely Planet.
Did you enjoy this sample My Journey contest entry from Lonely Planet? Upload your own Travel Video and enter to WIN the chance to film for Lonely Planet on location in California thanks to T-Mobile myTouch 3G. Make sure your video is 3 minutes or less enter the My Journey contest at http://www.youtube.com/lonelyplanet .

Duration : 0:2:41

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Duration : 2 min 44 sec

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