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mrscanada New Orleans - A travel report by Lyla
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New Orleans,  United States - flag United States -  Louisiana
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Do You Know What It Means To Miss N'Orleans?

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We have only been to New Orleans, Louisiana once. When I was there the population, (including the surrounding area) was over 12 million people. It is the largest City in Louisiana The city of New Orleans lost about 64% of the population.


Commanders Palace Restaurant
Commanders Palace Restaurant
There is a song called, Do You Know What It Means To Miss N'Orleans? I did when I left it and I do now because it is the prettiest city in the United States. Let's go back in time to when I was there.

A small canal divides the main street. On one side of the canal the street names are in English and on the other side the same street has a French Name.

We were so confused that the Concierge at the hotel gave us an easy map and showed us the difference. The map was a lifesaver and we could walk to any place we wanted to see.

During the time we were here it was Halloween. At Halloween they have a mini Carnival, (that we thought we would never see).

Galatoire's Restaurant, ( for 100 years ),they have served the finest French food in New Orleans. Tried their double fried french fries

Favourite spots:
Balcony In The French Quarter
Balcony In The French Quarter
Our tour took us around the City to see Bourbon Street and the French Quarter, the Voodoo Museum, the largest inland container ship port in the World and a Cemetery.

During our tour we experienced the way they City is a blend of architecture, the many cultures, food and music. You might think it is strange to take a tour of a cemetery but it was quite interesting. The above-ground tombs in the cemeteries of New Orleans are often referred to as cities of the dead. New Orleans is built on swamp land and all the people who have died must be buried above the ground. The Cemeteries all have streets.

The Voodoo Museum was very interesting it has a Temple. Voodoo is a derivative of the world's oldest known religions which have been around in Africa since the beginning of civilization.

We took a ½ day Cruise down the Mississippi River to see the old plantation. It's just 30 minutes west of the city.I thought they were huge but they homes were so tiny I can’t imagine how the "belle’s

What's really great:
Halloween
Halloween
In the French Quarter you must walk to get the flavor of this area. Each street in the French Quarter has its own character. Bourbon Street is in this area and they party here night and day. This is where the Halloween Carnival was held. People walk around with drinks and stand outside the bars to listen to the jazz bans. On this street there are small reasonable cafes, expensive restaurants, shops, a lot of bars and strip clubs. New Orleans is one of the cities that has doctors who specialize performing a sex change operation.

Sights:
Halloween Parade
Halloween Parade
We rode the St. Charles Streetcar to the Garden District to see the wonderful old estate homes.

Royal Street is where people walk around with drinks in their hands, but they’re a quieter, as they peruse the antique shops and pop into the cafes and coffee shops along the way. One of the nice surprises for us was finding the gallery of artist George Rodrigue, who is famous for his relentlessly staring ’’Blue Dog’’ paintings. Very cool!

Decatur Street is where you’ll find the French Market and popular cafes. You can also pick up a horse-drawn carriage here for a nice narrated tour of the area.

Accommodations:
Lobby of the Windsor Arms Hotel
Lobby of the Windsor Arms Hotel
We stayed at the Windsor Arms Hotel. Our room had a queen sized bed. There were two chairs with footstools and a table, (that had a marble top) with a plant on it.

The room had a lot of closet space, two phones, a chest, a TV and two night tables. The room was decorated in rust, gold, off white with touches of black, (on the bedspread).

In the bathroom the was a toilet, a tub & a separate shower. There was a long counter with shelves below it. On the top of it there was a basket filled with soap, shampoo, conditioner and after body lotion. On part of the mirror didn't fog up so after his shower my husband could shave. Next to the door was a hair drier.

The hotel had a Health club, an outdoor swimming pool,(we couldn't use because we were here in November), a Convenience store, Palace Café, the safe deposit box was behind the front desk, a bar a coffee shop, a place to get your shoes shined, the Palace Café & NOLA, (that served Cajun food) and a Concierge service.

Nightlife:
Shops
Shops
In the French Quarteryou must walk to get the flavor of this area. Each street in the French Quarter has its own character. We stayed away from the seedier streets and enjoyed the older buildings that all had wrought iron balconies and wonderful gardens around them. Bourbon Street is in this area and they party here night and day. This is where the Halloween Carnival was held. People walk around with drinks and stand outside the bars to listen to the jazz bans. On this street there are small reasonable cafes, expensive restaurants, shops, a lot of bars and strip clubs. New Orleans is one of the cities that has doctors who specialize performing a sex change operation. So you will see a lot of people to are in the middle of their change, prostitutes and transvestites in this area.

Royal Street is where people walk around with drinks in their hands, but they’re a quieter, as they peruse the antique shops and pop into the cafes and coffee shops along the way.

Hangouts:
Church in the English Area
Church in the English Area
We were driving past the National Football League's New Orleans Saints Louisiana Superdome when a game was over. People came out of the building and into their cars. The lot was cleared before me drove around it. That's what I call great management. In Edmonton, AB, it took us at least ½ an hour to get out of the parking lot.

Reuben May, (from North Battleford, Saskatchewan), was playing for the New Orleans Saints. He was NFL offensive rookie of year. As soon as any one heard my husband was from the same city we were treated like royalty

Restaurants:
Brown Pelican
Brown Pelican
We ate at beignets and drank of dark roasted chicory coffee and at the Café du Monde in the French Quarter.

The Gumbo Shop is where I had gumbo and my husband had Jambalaya.

We went to Ruth Crisps for steaks. the Bourbon House serves Champagne and oysters on the half shell served with caviar.

At Mulate’s I had great ham hocks with back eyed peas served on rice. and my husband had crawfish pie. You can listen to Cajun music while you eat.

Other recommendations:
Shops in Garden City
Shops in Garden City
Napoleon House has a bar that concocted the Pimms Cup,( I thought it was someone in the UK that made it first).

Guy's severs the best po-boys sandwiches.

I'm sorry I couldn't leave any contacts in this report but I had to much to write.

History at http://www.madere.com/history.html





Published on Thursday January 25th, 2007


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Sat, Feb 03 2007 - 10:02 PM rating by barcelona

After read this report I want to visit New Orleans

Thu, Feb 01 2007 - 12:55 PM rating by akhila

Nice report. How recent was your visit? I found the description of the hotel bathroom amusing though :-)) Thanks for sharing!

Sun, Jan 28 2007 - 09:57 PM rating by jorgesanchez

Very good description of New Orleans.

Fri, Jan 26 2007 - 06:48 PM rating by alfonsovasco

You write very well

Fri, Jan 26 2007 - 12:12 AM rating by eirekay

Lyla, tahnks for reminding us why New Orleans is so famous! Terrific Report!

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