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chickfbref1
Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2012)
Fri, 11th Sep '09 10:35 PM

VIRGIN TRIP TO THE BIG EASY

So...heading to NO next weekend....

Ideas???

BBear...you around?

Me.

lodi
Lodi  (Level: 98.7 - Posts: 2144)
Fri, 11th Sep '09 11:00 PM

Are you chaperoning the virgins or something?

m48ortal
M48ortal  (Level: 251.4 - Posts: 3742)
Fri, 11th Sep '09 11:10 PM

Been there the year before Katrina and plan to return. We cruised the streets that make up the French Quarter, then found a parking place near Bourbon Street and walked much of the area. Fond memories: Jackson Park, and all the quaint shops around the square. Having coffee and a beignet at Cafe du Monde. Haggling with the carriage drivers until I found one in my price range, just so I could hear his accent, then tipping him extra because of his knowledge. Visiting a huge flea market on the river at the edge of the French Quarter.

Next time I visit, I plan to stay in a B&B either in the Quarter or on the edge.

sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Fri, 11th Sep '09 11:11 PM

Yah! Have a blast, and definitely hook up with Bbear and Haydn. They're very cool.

chickfbref1
Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2012)
Fri, 11th Sep '09 11:31 PM

Honey, if they needed a chaperon for the virgins...my name would NOT be on the call list.

virtus
Virtus  (Level: 162.2 - Posts: 2460)
Fri, 11th Sep '09 11:33 PM

So glad you are back HRM I have been missing you and your wonderful sense of humor. Anne

dyenamite
Dyenamite  (Level: 49.6 - Posts: 669)
Sat, 12th Sep '09 12:34 AM

I don't care WHAT time of year it is ... I'm bringing a bag of beads!

bigbird
Bigbird  (Level: 239.6 - Posts: 3302)
Sat, 12th Sep '09 5:12 AM

Jambalaya, baby!! Eat and Walk. Walk and Eat.

If it fits into your schedule, you should absolutely take the National Park Ranger Walks of the French Quarter. We have taken several of them through the years (we have cousins in Baton Rouge, so have made the trip a number of times). I highly recommend the tour that goes to the cemetery. Really. Also the history tour of the French Quarter.

And you don't need to eat at the fancy well-known establishments. There is not one bad restaurant in New Orleans. Even the hole in the wall dives have fabulous food.

Buy a bakelite bracelet for me!

slicko
Slicko  (Level: 223.9 - Posts: 1609)
Sat, 12th Sep '09 6:08 AM

I just don't think New Orleans is prepared for another hurricane like this. Have you considered a different garden spot, say Siberia?

felix
Felix  (Level: 109.3 - Posts: 2500)
Sat, 12th Sep '09 8:04 AM

Big Momma's Chick and Waffle on Crowder Blvd. Don't miss it. Yummy!

madamec8
Madamec8  (Level: 82.6 - Posts: 893)
Sat, 12th Sep '09 12:19 PM

Ah, the memories. I was there in 1989 and it was wonderful. The Saints-Redskins home game added to the energies. I loved: gulf shrimp, bread pudding w/whiskey sauce, street mimes, street buggies w/animals standing perfectly still, tour through cemeteries, half-day paddlewheel boat ride on Mississippi River up to the site of the Battle of New Orleans, Dixieland Jazz. I did not like that nasty critter used as a garnish at my meals, no way was I going to 'suck da head'. I finally got around to having a beignet on my last day -- wearing a navy blue wool dress -- no time to change, I had to walk into my meeting with powdered sugar all over me.

Disappointed in packaged pralines for tourists -- no taste except sugar. I wanted to buy a good quality Mardi Gras mask, they are pricey.

If you can find a New Orleans Vignette (guide to New Orleans), buy it!!!! I treasure mine. And it has a recipe for gen-u-wine pralines, that's how they're supposed to taste. Another recipe for their divine bread pudding. Wonderful coverage of the canal system, the cemeteries (cities of the dead), and old traditions.

Enjoy!

1mks
1mks  (Level: 211.0 - Posts: 5883)
Sat, 12th Sep '09 6:23 PM

Make sure that you go to Central Grocery and order a muffalatta.......it is heavenly. Just ask where it is.....someone will direct you.


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