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When Looking for New Orleans Hotels Try the Bienville House

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New Orleans Hotels Bienville House

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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Mary Hanna has traveled the world by Air and Ship while writing eBooks, Software Reviews and Practical Articles on Internet Marketing, Cruising, Gardening and Travel. Visit her websites at: http://www.WorldHotelPortal.com and http://www.CruiseTravelDirectory.com You can read more of her articles at http://www.ArticleBazaar.net

Mary Hanna

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Obama: Rebuilding New Orleans, Two Years Later

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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French Market – New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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Title: French Market New Orleans

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

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“Walking into the french market!!”
from a blog entry titled “New Orleans”
by TravelPod member travelledkiwi

“The French Market, New Orleans”
from a blog entry titled “USA”
by TravelPod member deanandmichelle

“Kiwi down in the French Market”
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“Front of the French Market”
from a blog entry titled “New Orleans”
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“Bags in the French Market”
from a blog entry titled “New Orleans”
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“French Market entrance”
from a blog entry titled “one more day”
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“Kiwi at French Market”
from a blog entry titled “New Orleans”
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“The French Market ”
from a blog entry titled “The French Market”
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“French market”
from a blog entry titled “Hey there Frenchy”
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French Market  New Orleans

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Foul Don Fowler Amused by New Orleans Hurricane

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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Pete Allen & Riverside City Band – Bourbon Street Parade

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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Part 2 Open Cell Vs Closed Cell Foam Insulation Explained

http://www.EnviroGreenInsulation.com/ Jeff Haag with New Orleans based EnviroGreen Spray Foam Insulation continues a discussion about the difference between open cell and closed cell foam insulation and when to use each.

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New Orleans – French Quarter Festival

New Orleans is known for it’s parties and festivals. The New Orleans French Quarter Festival is one of the least known but increasingly popular festivals in New Orleans. This article offers some information about The French Quarter Festival along with links to resources.

 

New Orleans is a place of magic and wonder, music, parties and fun. The French Quarter is at the heart of everything. If you are looking for an experience that is uniquely New Orleans then The New Orleans French Quarter Festival is for you.

Who Dat Do Dat - New Orleans - French Quarter Festival

Who Dat Do Dat – New Orleans – French Quarter Festival


 

The French Quarter Festival occurs every spring and is Louisiana’s largest annual free music festival. During the French Quarter Festival nearly 20 stages will be spread around the French Quarter and over the 4 day weekend play all types of music. You will hear everything from Jazz, both traditional and contemporary to Latin, rock to blues, Cajun to Zydeco and any other type of music you can think of. There will be both local and international stars.
Then there is the food. Local restaurants offer dishes that will satisfy every budget and taste. There are over 60 booths offering dishes like Cajun meat pies, po-boys, jambalaya and crawfish étouffée. You can sample drinks like Hurricanes, a drink that will blow you away and tropical punches. Prices vary but range from $3 to $10.

Here are some interesting facts regarding the New Orleans French Quarter Festival:

During the 2013 celebration the French Quarter Festival marked its 30th anniversary.

The first French Quarter Festival occurred in 1984 and was started as a way to attract residents back to the FQ.

The main sources for the funding of the French Quarter Festival are:

Sponsorships

Sales of merchandise, food and beverages

Fees from vendors

The gala in April

When you take a look at attendance you find the following among the 574,000 attendees:

The Top 5 States in attendance -Louisiana, California, New York, Texas, Florida – visitors from 37 states have been reported.

The Top 5 Foreign Countries are – Canada, United Kingdom, Norway, France, Germany – visitors from 12 different countries have been observed.

The French Quarter Festival has a major economic impact on the local economy. An analysis conducted by the University of New Orleans found:

The French Quarter Festival 2012 had a total economic impact on the New Orleans area of more than $259.5 million. This included:

$126.6 million in direct spending

$132.9 million in secondary spending

$18.3 million in state and local tax revenue.

The French Quarter Festival hires over 1,400 local musicians during the weekend of the French Quarter Festival

So if you are looking for a taste of New Orleans on a local level. Check out the French Quarter Festival in April each year. For information contact: (800) 673-5725 within the U.S. or (504) 522-5730. Or visit: www.fqfi.org.

Disclosure

Resource Links:

NOLA.com: New Orleans French Quarter Festival

New Orleans Online: Music Festivals – French Quarter Festival

 

 


New Orleans Great Things To Do

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Visiting for the first time. Going during the French Quarter Festival……anything we have to do or see besides Bourbon Street? Anything out of the norm we should check out within an hours travel distance from New Orleans?

New Orleans Great Things To Do

New Orleans Great Things To Do

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

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.

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).

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

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.

Harrah’s Casino is in the Central Business District: www.harrahs.com (age 21 required for entry)

New Orleans City Park has a variety of attractions + free parking. (www.neworleanscitypark.com).

Check www.frenchquarter.com and http://www.nola.com/visitor/ for ideas about other things to do.

Hope you have a great time!

New Orleans


Bourbon Street-Toni Vescoli

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
www.vescoli.ch

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New Orleans French Quarter Attractions The LaLaurie Mansion

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This building is reputedly the most haunted site in the entire city of New Orleans, formerly the home of Madame Delphine LaLaurie and her 3rd husband Dr. Leonard Louis LaLaurie.

The haunted history of the Lalaurie House is perhaps one of the best known ghostly tales in New Orleans …

For more than 150 years, and through several generations, the LaLaurie House has been considered to be the most haunted and the most frightening location in the New Orleans French Quarter.

Mme. Marie Delphine Lalaurie and her third husband, a doctor, Leonard Louis Lalaurie, purchased the grand home at 1140 Royal Street in the early 1830s. Upon moving in, she began to outfit the home with the finest of appointments — costly furniture, silver and gold plates and paintings by noted artists. She would entertain and dispense hospitality from the downstairs drawing room.

She was born Marie Delphine, daughter of Louis Barthelemy Chevalier de Maccarthy. She was first married on June 11, 1800 to Don Ramon de Lopez y Angulo. When he died on March 26, 1804 in Havana, Cuba, she married Jean Blanque in 1808, who died in 1816. From there she married Dr. Lalaurie on June 12, 1825.

The circumstances of the deaths of her first two husbands are unknown and the whereabouts of Dr. Lalaurie at the time of the fire and subsequent to his wife’s flight from town remains a mystery.
Mme. Lalaurie was well-known for her spectacular parties and galas which she gave frequently at her home. She was one of the most well-known women in New Orleans society of the time. Renowned Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau lived in New Orleans at the same time, just a few blocks from the Lalaurie House. Although the nature of their relationship is unknown, undoubtedly these two women met and knew each other.

It was said that Mme. Lalaurie’s manners were sweet, gracious and captivating. She was born in the society’s upper circles. She was accustomed to and acculturated to the good life. Yet there were persistent rumors that she treated her servants with disdain and in a cruel, abusive manner.

And still, those who visited her said that she was kind to her servants. If one of them tremble in her presence or startled at the sound of her voice, she would soothe and endeavor to reassure her. Nevertheless, the stories of barbarity increased. The smothered indignation on Royal Street grew.

 

The old history really gets worse but in modern times it is not so.

 

It was owned by Nicolas Cage but he lost it and other properties during recent financial difficulties. It has demonstrated more activity to guests on tours than any other site in the city. It has a history steeped in horror and blood, and the metaphysical “stains” do not wash out easily. When you visit New Orleans it is a must see.

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