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QOTD #57: Have you ever visited New Orleans?

Discussion in 'General Discussions' started by genuinemommy, Feb 19, 2016.

  1. genuinemommy

    genuinemommy Moderator Staff Member Donor

    We're loosely considering the idea of visiting NO for Easter this year. The parades look like a lot of fun and at least for this holiday, they appear to be family-friendly. We visited for a conference a few years ago, and it was so much fun I decided I really want to come back to experience it more fully. It's such a quirky and fun, different place where oddness is celebrated and the arts (culinary, musical, and visual) are thriving. A cacophony of culture.

    What kinds of fun things have you done in New Orleans?
    What was your occasion for visiting?
    Do you think you'll go back?
     
  2. Japchae

    Japchae Very Tilted Donor

    I went once for a conference, once with friends. The drinking and shopping culture was pretty dominant when we were there. I did enjoy wandering up and down the streets, but it was crowded both times (February near Mardi Gras and Memorial Day Weekend). I really wanted to explore the cemeteries and some of the galleries. Oh, the Audubon Zoo was a lot of fun, I forgot about that.
     
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  3. Chris Noyb

    Chris Noyb Get in, buckle up, hang on, & don't criticize. Donor

    Location:
    Large City, TX
    I've been twice during Mardi Gras. I don't have much to add because both times I didn't get very far outside of the French Quarter, and drank copious amounts of alcohol.

    I would like to return during a "slow" time for tourism, and spend several days checking out the city and the surrounding areas.
     
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  4. CinnamonGirl

    CinnamonGirl The Cheat is GROUNDED! Donor

    ZS & I went down with a couple other friends of ours for their Spring Break one year. It was right after Mardi Gras, if I remember correctly. We, uh, did not participate in many "family friendly" activities.


    That said, the architecture and just... the general vibe of the city was amazing. I will absolutely go back one day, and check out some of the tourist-y stuff we kinda planned on, but didn't actually do—like walk around the Garden District, take a boat ride through the swamps, visit the aquarium & the butterfly garden, the antique carousel, the churches & cemeteries...

    Bourbon Street was a lot of fun. Every bar had a live band, the restaurants were awesome, and you could buy daiquiris as tall as me. Not so much for the kiddos, though, at least not after the sun goes down.
     
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  5. Chris Noyb

    Chris Noyb Get in, buckle up, hang on, & don't criticize. Donor

    Location:
    Large City, TX
    I did visit the well-known voodoo shop. I can't recall the name, but I got creeped out and left after a couple of minutes.
     
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  6. POPEYE

    POPEYE Very Tilted Donor

    Location:
    Tulsa
    I did and felt the same way, I took my family to The French Quarter in the morning time for Benjays and cream. I will not go there at night, place is creepy. It is full of all the pleasures that can make a good man do a bad thing
     
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  7. Chris Noyb

    Chris Noyb Get in, buckle up, hang on, & don't criticize. Donor

    Location:
    Large City, TX
    On one Mardi Gras visit I went with a group of friends (the trip getting there is a story by itself) and met up with some other friends. The weather was great, the nights were warm.

    The other Mardi Gras trip I took by myself. The days were great, but once the sun went down the temps very quickly dropped into the low 30s; by 8:00PM it was freezing. The only people on the street at night were very few brave tourists, and people who were only out on the street because they had no place to go.
     
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  8. arkana

    arkana Very Tilted

    Location:
    canada
    A common question people ask me upon finding out I'm a jazz musician is whether I've been to New Orleans. I haven't. It's not really the world's jazz capital and it hasn't been for decades.

    I *would* like to go, however.
     
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  9. Chris Noyb

    Chris Noyb Get in, buckle up, hang on, & don't criticize. Donor

    Location:
    Large City, TX

    Those folks clearly don't keep up jazz. If there are any serious & real jazz (not the tourist crap) clubs in NO, they're way off the beaten path.
     
  10. DamnitAll

    DamnitAll Wait... what? Donor

    Location:
    Central MD
    Last edited: Sep 14, 2020
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  11. ralphie250

    ralphie250 Fully Erect Donor

    Location:
    Jonesboro ga
    simple answer..

    no, ive never been. not that i wouldnt like to go, i would like to go. but i dont get out much. i have friends that have been and they say its great for sight seeing, activities and they said that the food is fucking great
     
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