Blogs from New Orleans, Louisiana, United States, North America


Gotta say this name right!. If there is one place in the world you can choose to see before you die, come see The Big Easy. Bourbon St, one of a kind. Flew in yesterday afternoon, checked into gorgeous little Hotel St. Marie in the French Quarter. After a rest we headed down the street to check out the sights. I think the main aim is to not only separate you from as much of your money as they can but to also turn you into an alcoholic....that's if you're not already one before you got here. Cocktails are the go. They have one called "The Hand Grenade" which is a patent & can only be sold here...we had ONE only then staggered off to order the obligatory Rib, sweet potato fries & another litre of ... read more

North America » United States » Louisiana » New Orleans March 31st 2015

We rented a boat house on Lake Pontchartrain the weekend of March 14-15. It was a new experience for us and one we are likely to repeat.... read more

North America » United States » Louisiana » New Orleans March 26th 2015

Traveling about the world allows the opportunity to visit some truly unique and beautiful cities. Outside the United States are a plethora of cities with charm and their own special character. Regrettably, the States do not have that many candidates for this designation as other nations, mostly due to the fact that this nation is so much younger. But there are a handful of them like New York City, San Francisco and of course, New Orleans. New Orleans is a melting pot of cultures and tribal influences which provides a rich history and many ghost stories, tales of voodoo, black magic and a town that knows how to celebrate. Today on the surface of the French Quarter one might be overwhelmed by the bars and pub culture, the one too many strip club or gentleman’s palace ... read more
No alcohol shortage
The wedding march
Amazing architecture

North America » United States » Louisiana » New Orleans February 25th 2015

Today is another cool dreary day. Temp below 50 degrees so because of the wind and humidity I broke down and had to get my big winter coat. We had wanted to go for a buggy ride but since the horses or mules here are wimps they did not go out in the big bad weather. Really? Now as I remember a trip to Quebec City during their Winter Carnival, we went on a buggy ride and it was -40 degrees!. Don't bother asking whether that is C or F, once it goes down that far it doesn't matter. So.... more walking, shopping, and drinking is in order. Yes you are right that about covers everything. Once around Jackson Square into the Cafe Pontalba for coffees. Since we were right here we explored the Cabildo (history ... read more

North America » United States » Louisiana » New Orleans February 24th 2015

Well today is Jurg & Tracy's big day. (the tension is building). Started the day off with breakfast at the hotel and headed out for a stroll to the French Market. This used to to be the main market for the city but has now become more for the tourists. Still some fun shops to visit. Some of the stores are a little more outrageous than others. A little more tension when the dry cleaner did not have Jurg's suit ready on the first pick up attempt. For lunch we needed to visit an old favourite and we had to have a muffuletta with a bloody mary. OK now it's time to head back and get ready! (more tension) Make up on, hair done, suit picked up.... and we are off for a short walk down ... read more
French Market
Hot Sauce

North America » United States » Louisiana » New Orleans February 23rd 2015

Woke up this morning to a different climate... temperature dropped to 50 degrees. Still better than -15 back home. We had breakfst at the iconic Clover Grill, a tiny diner with the best waffles and burgers in town. Now is the time to explore the Quarter. Mardi Gras hangover is still in effect so a lot of the houses and doorways are still dressed up from the party. Something different to see every step you take. Waiting for Amanda & Evan(Tracy's daughter & son in law) to arrive before the Pre Celebratory party can begin. Immediately take them to Pat O'Briens for their baptism of NOLA. Somebody really liked the hurricanes - was soon dancing with another Canadian group. Dinner at the Pelican Bay Club and back for an early night..... tomorrow is Jurg & Tracy's ... read more
Blackened Chicken Po Boy
Red Beans & Rice

North America » United States » Louisiana » New Orleans February 22nd 2015

Leaving Tennesee and hope to be out the snow soon. They really can't handle the foul weather here.. the parking lot is a skating rink. Only salt is on the table. Just south of Nashville we found an old favourite restaurant from our honeymoon. It was called Stan's Country Kitchen but is now called just Stan's. SO we just had to stop for our second breakfast. Ham eggs and biscuits & GRAVY!!!! Finally saw the last of the snow but not until we were into Alabama. Nice to put the car on cruise and enjoy the warming air. Finally made it through the construction and landed at the hotel where Jurg & Tracy had chilled wine & beer waiting for us in the courtyard (no coats or sweaters necessary). Ok, we killed the wine and beer ... read more
Stan's ham
Stans tree
St Pierre

North America » United States » Louisiana » New Orleans February 17th 2015

The one about the rest of Mardi Gras But first, I few things I forgot to write about in earlier blogs. I toured the Katrina exhibit at the State Museum, next to the cathedral on Jackson Square. I am sure I am not the only one who forgot that Hurricane Rita hit this same region a short time after Katrina causing equal damage to towns that had been spared by Katrina’s wrath. The pictures and videos they showed of both events were amazing and awful. I was humbled. It is tragic for me to see so much devastation still remains here. Coffee and Beignets at Café Du Monde, yummy. The tour gave us a coupon for free servings of both, a nice treat. Moving on, I woke up Sunday morning very tired. This parade watching is ... read more

North America » United States » Louisiana » New Orleans February 15th 2015

Travels with Snowbirds 2015 February 12 to 17, Mardi Gras The one all about Mardi Gras parades The festival of Mardi Gras starts about 2 weeks before Fat Tuesday. Festival is the operative word. There are parade, concerts, masked balls and other pomp and circumstance you might expect at a 2-week long party. There are many social clubs called Krewes. To be a member of a Krewe involves a financial contribution as well as a time and work commitment. Plans for the next year’s events start 2 weeks after the current years activities end. Annual dues can be as little as $100 to up to multi thousands. The dues pay for floats and throwaways – beads and other trinkets. The higher the financial contribution and the larger the krewe memberhip, the more elaborate the float and ... read more

North America » United States » Louisiana » New Orleans February 15th 2015

Happy Mardi Graaaaaaaaas, pa še pusta hrusta zraven. Sem skočila na največji karneval v Ameriki, v New Orleans. Moja karnevalska duša je bila skeptična, ker prihajam iz Notranjske in najboljšega karnevala na svetu (z vsem spoštovanjem do Ptuja) in sem vedela, da bo manjkala čarovnica Mati Uršula. Vseeno, sem morala povohljat, kako to počnejo tu. Šla sem na pred Mardi Gras, ker ta glavno se začne danes in je že toliko ljudi, da tudi moji kolegi, domačini, ponavadi pobegnejo iz mesta. Mardi Gras je francoska beseda za debeli torek in je neka mešanica vseh karnevalov. Vsak dan so povorke, na različno temo in fora je, da se postaviš čim bližje, da uloviš vse možne ogrlice in skačeš kot nor. Celo mesto diha za ta karneval, šole zaprte 10 dni, vse hiše so okrašene, dosti bolj kot ... read more
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