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jart 09-06-2003 02:41 AM

will be there in a few weeks for a wedding. may have a day to kill. suggestions? no doubt there are dozens...

Buck 09-06-2003 12:08 PM

I have been to N.O. 3 times since my in-laws only live a couple hours away...

Bourbon Street is a must see...running parallel with it is Canal St. , this whole area is kinda fun...

If you are into history and neat architecture then bring a camera and take a horse-n-buggy ride through the French Quarters then be sure to eat dinner in one of the fine restauraunts located within... :lol:

Just be careful of the gumbo ! Its delicious but that stuff can go through ya like wild-fire! There is also a place down by the mall (Riverfront Mall) I believe it's called where you can take paddle boat rides down the Mississippi River.
My wife and I stayed right on Bourbon Street once across from "Big Daddy's" in a room with a balcony overlooking the street, dont think I have been that drunk since ! What a party town... you are in for some shows on Bourbon St. if you go, there is always something happening there.

Have Fun and take care of your wallet... some of the best pick-pockets in the world live there! But dont worry, its a safe area despite that... :?

anonapersona 09-06-2003 11:12 PM

First, bring an umbrella, and shoes that you can get wet. Tell your wife that high heeled sandals can be a problem in the rain, just be prepared.

Second, do not put anything into your mouth that isn't great. Food is a religion in N.O. and it is just too sad to ruin your chance at a good snack by having some ordinary breakfast at the hotel. Some of the best visits I've had included stopping at great restaurants mid-day for an appetizer, a cup of turtle soup with sherry and a little oysters au gratin. Ask in the shops for someone who lives in the area to recommend for a good place for a lunch, many of the places that you wouldn't think are good, they look too seedy with strange creepy people, are actually better restaurants than the "big names" for a fraction of the price! Do not let paper napkins and those tatooed guys drinking at the bar at 3 PM keep you from a great meal.

Thrid, pack pants with elastic waistbands. You will put on 1 to 2 lbs a day. More if you drink, maybe less if you dance.

The shops in the Quarter are interesting, a carriage ride as suggested is great, shop a bit for the best story teller/historian driver. Bourbon St. is not the whole Quarter, visit Royal St. and go down to the Farmers Market. Be sure to have Beignets at the cafe across from Jackson Square (do not wear black and don't exhale as you bite a beinet). Maybe visit the museum in the Cabildo there, they did have a great exhibit on Jefferson's purchae of Louisiana, might be there still.

Ride the streetcars down St. Charles Ave to see the mansions, step off in front of Tulane Univeristy (and Loyola Univeristy right next door) to go to Audubon Park and see the big Live Oaks. The zoo in the park is good if you have kids.

Only a day, skip the swamp tours, but consider a Ghost Tour or somthing like that.

Find some good music, Preservation Hall, or Blues Cafe sort of place. The second religion of N.O. is music.

Last, watch your back! It is not a safe area. Do not be drinking enough to be unaware of your surroundings. When in doubt, hail a cab. The nicest areas of N.O are right next to the highest poverty. I don't worry about pick pockets (although in the crowds of the farmers market there are pickpockets) as much as out and out muggers who'll shot you.

I grew up ratting the streets of the Quarter, how my parent's let me go down there so much I don't know, oh, wait, they had no idea that's where I was. I saw some strange stuff and got into some close scrapes there. It can get pretty weird there sometimes.

Alex 09-06-2003 11:14 PM

On the river next to the Riverwalk mall(they have a good frozen drink stand at one end of the mall) is the Aquarium of of the Americas, a must see in my opinion. Also, if you like coffee and pastries try Cafe Du Monde for some Cafe Au Lait and Beignets.

http://www.neworleans.com

Alex

jart 09-07-2003 01:05 AM

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Originally Posted by anonapersona
Do not be drinking enough to be unaware of your surroundings.

i don't think you'll find this quotation emblazened on many college dorm walls. :P

thanks, lads. we'll see how much time we have. i'll print your replies as a reference.

alex, does the aquarium you spoke of have many planted tanks? sure, nature aquarium world is inspiring, but first hand would be nice...

another reason to enjoy international travel: was looking on ebay today at a filstar xp3 for $100 us. thought, why not? after all, big al's has them on their canadian site for $210 cdn. however, they're only $90 us on the american website. so, my scheme is to order the filter from the us website, have it shipped to the bride's house in new orleans, then take it back on the plane. makes you wonder, why would someone in the us buy a filter on ebay for $100 when you can buy it mail order for $90. any room left on the pimp squad?

Guttboy 09-07-2003 01:24 AM

GO JART GO!!!!!!!

I like my Rena Filstars.....next big big tank I get though I will probably go with the Eheims just because this one will be in the bedroom or the living room and in order to achieve that the wife will demand SILENCE! Roger Miller is running an eheim on his 150 gallon and you cant even tell it is on...whereas you can tell when a filstar xp3 is on....Im running two of them. I like them dont get me wrong but you do hear them.

Mike

PS welcome to the pimpsquad :D

Saluki 09-07-2003 01:27 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jart
Quote:

Originally Posted by anonapersona
Do not be drinking enough to be unaware of your surroundings.

i don't think you'll find this quotation emblazened on many college dorm walls. :P

thanks, lads. we'll see how much time we have. i'll print your replies as a reference.

alex, does the aquarium you spoke of have many planted tanks? sure, nature aquarium world is inspiring, but first hand would be nice...

another reason to enjoy international travel: was looking on ebay today at a filstar xp3 for $100 us. thought, why not? after all, big al's has them on their canadian site for $210 cdn. however, they're only $90 us on the american website. so, my scheme is to order the filter from the us website, have it shipped to the bride's house in new orleans, then take it back on the plane. makes you wonder, why would someone in the us buy a filter on ebay for $100 when you can buy it mail order for $90. any room left on the pimp squad?

Why not save yourself $10, order it from Big Als, and have it shipped to NO?

jart 09-07-2003 01:46 AM

d'oh that's what i meant saluki! 8) when i said: "order the filter from the us website" i meant the big als' us website! if you check their canadian website the prices are very much higher, even with the exchange. but anyway thanks for pointing that out.

Alex 09-07-2003 01:36 PM

They have some planted tanks and they do change some of the exhibits from time to time. http://www.auduboninstitute.org/aoa/tour_map.htm

Alex

GulfCoastAquarian 09-08-2003 02:28 PM

Come visit me, while you're around! haha. I'm about an hour outside of New Orleans on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The Aquarium of the America is one of the better public Aquariums as far as planted tanks go. They have this one display that I just stared at for hours. It was probably around 8 feet wide, four feet tall and four feet from front to back. Packed with Amazon Swords and several groups of Wild Silver Angels. Watching them intereact with each other in an almost-natural environment kept me staying for a long time.

And take everyone's advice, do NOT eat at regular franchise restaurants! They're fine, but some of the best restaurants in the WORLD are in Nawlins so don't waste your time anywhere else! I love Copelands on St Charles or maybe Bubba Gump SHrimp Factory (mmmm, Lt Dan's Drunken Shrimp!)

jart 09-08-2003 10:40 PM

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Originally Posted by GulfCoastAquarian
Come visit me, while you're around!

well, ok, but i think my parole officer only approved me to visit one state... i'll have to check to see how accurate the ankle bracelet thingy is :twisted: .

:wink:

GulfCoastAquarian 09-09-2003 01:00 PM

You can leave the ankle bracelet in Nawlins with a street bum. That way the parole officer can still track it as moving around. haha


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