New Orleans 2014

12/21/14 – 12/24/14

New Orleans Skyline from across the Mississippi River

New Orleans Skyline from across the Mississippi River

Sunday

If possible sunset skyline shot of New Orleans from Tulane University parking garage

Or  board the ferry, which has been in operation since 1827, at the foot of Canal Street – right next to the Aquarium of the Americas. The ride is for pedestrians and bikers only and costs $2.

Algiers Point/Canal Street

Departure Times Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
First Ferry – Algiers Point 6:00am 6:00am 6:00am 6:00am 6:00am 10:45am 10:45am
First Ferry – Canal St. 6:15am 6:15am 6:15am 6:15am 6:15am 11:00am 11:00am
Last Ferry – Algiers Point 9:30pm 9:30pm 9:30pm 9:30pm 9:30pm 7:45pm 5:45pm
Last Ferry – Canal St. 9:45pm 9:45pm 9:45pm 9:45pm 9:45pm 8:00pm 6:00pm

Maybe Hours of operation are Sunday through Thursday, 6:00-10:00 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 6:00-11:00 p.m. – See more at:

Jackson Square, New Orleans

Jackson Square, New Orleans

 

Best Western Plus St. Christopher Hotel

114 Magazine Street New Orleans, LA 70130

Check-In: Sun, Dec 21, 2014 – 04:00 PM
Check-Out:Wed, Dec 24, 2014 – 11:00 AM

Eat Mulate’s Restaurant

201 Julia St.

New Orleans, LA 70130


Monday

Sunrise 6:53  Sunset 5:06

12:45 from the Voodoo Lounge, 718 N. Rampart Street (at the corner of Orleans and N. Rampart in the French Quarter).  St. Louis #1 Cemetery Tour 1:00 PM*

GHOST TOWN TOUR – AFTER DARK ! A CITY, CEMETERY & GHOST HUNT. LUXURY VAN AND WALKING EXCURSION with bloody mary.

7:15 Monday Meets  and ends in French quarter . Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop Bar at 941 Bourbon street at intersection of   St Phillip Street , Meet in courtyard area   by the outside patio bar

PLEASE MEET 15 MINUTES EARLY

Return to same location

Some time during the day St. Louis Cathedral   / The Cabildo  701 Chartres St.

The Presbytère 701 Chartres St.

New Orleans St. Louis Cemetery #1

New Orleans St. Louis Cemetery #1


Tuesday

City Park / Botanical Gardens Tuesday-Sunday: 10am – 4:30pm

1 Palm Drive New Orleans, LA 70124

OAK ALLEY PLANTATION

3645 Hwy. 18

VacherieLA 70090

Hours:

Plantation Open Daily, March-October 9am-5pm; November-February Mon-Fri, 9am-4:30pm; Sat-Sun, 9am-5pm. Restaurant open 8:30am-3pm

Cost:

Plantation admission includes the self-guided tour of the historic ground and guided tour of the Big House. Adults $20; Youth (13-18 yrs) $7.50; Child (6-12 yrs) $4.50. Group, Senior (65 & Older) & AAA rates available upon request.

Swamp Tour / fort Jackson maybe

One of Bourbon Street’s oldest live Jazz clubs is dedicated to the preservation of “America’s classical music”

If taking pictures of people — especially musicians — is your favorite kind of photography, New Orleans is the city to be in, and Frenchmen Street is the place to go. This stretch of the city (centered in the 500 and 600 blocks of Frenchmen), which lies in the Faubourg Marigny, just across Esplanade from the French Quarter, is arguably the coolest neighborhood in the world. By day, it’s a brightly-painted street scene, chockablock with sidewalk cafes populated by cool people, artists making art, buskers making music, and general liveliness.


Wednesday

Leave for The Myrtles Plantation, circa 1796, One of America’s Most Haunted Homes

Myrtles Plantation

Myrtles Plantation

7747 U.S. Highway 61
St. Francisville, Louisiana 70775

Historic Tours offered daily from 9am until 5pm

Natchez trace

476 Mississippi 9 Bruce, MS


Things to do in New Orleans

Visit up and down Magazine Street several miles long,  tour small area arts / shops / bars / restaurants /

St Charles Ave ,,, Ride the street car to see “up town” / Garden district / stately mansions.  runs parallel with Magazine street, Audubon Zoo at end of St Charles ..  Lots of neat neighborhoods in Uptown huge mansions and on river side more poverty area,

Swamp Tour  ????  this would kill a good half day or more not worth it for me but interesting Since you have your car about 1 hour drive out are several Plantation homes famous one is Oak Alley.

Cemetery Tours.   Ghost Tours,,, the city is below sea level people are buried above ground and share family plots.  These are all over the quarter and your hotel can give you a better idea for good one.

WW II   Museum ,,  newest add to the city worth a half day if you have the time.

Bourbon Street,, not what it used to be but worth a stroll day time and night… lots of tee short and tourist spots on here and many bars both X rated bars and music bars, get off Bourbon for better music

Aquarium in French Quarter just like many other cities have but if rainy day worth going through

Voodoo Tour and or Voodoo Museum .,,

Jackson Square ,  lots of street performers and Tarot Card readers, awesome place to people watch PHOTO OP !  Also there is a huge Church ,,,

Music :   House of BluesPreservation Hall (very famous) , Jazz Hall , lots of smaller live music bars

Café Du Monde for beignets ,  also try “Café Beignet” on Royal St for less touristy place better beignets

Audubon Zoo ,,,, far end of Magazine Street/ St Charles Ave /  Trolley Car may end there

Have a drink at Laffite’s Blacksmith Shop, historic oldest bar in NOLA ( on Bourbon St) yes the Pirate John Laffite bar and or lived here,

Many of the businesses in the quarter have simple store fronts but lead into lavish courtyard, also keep an eye out for film crews as they film plenty of movies and TV shows here in the Quarter area.

Pat O’Briens” for Hurricane Drink , Very touristy and the drink with the glass $$$$

Court of Two Sisters” Touristy place to eat and visit their courtyard. $$$$$

Community Coffee ,,  local coffee  ,, walk into one of Rouses Market in quarter,  local small chain super market ,   If you get hot in afternoon find a Snowball stand for a fun cool treat .

Drinking,,,    Walk away Daiquiris,,, Hurricane,,,  Bloody Mary’s,,, local beer Abita Springs  Jaxx

Things to eat ,,   Cajun food, Po-boys , Muffalata , anything seafood, splurge on lunches , conservative dinners and stay up late for the people watching …  Bourbon Street get wild at late night when reg tourist go to bed.

About Jean Lafitte’s sites:

For outdoor activities in a 23,000-acre Louisiana wetland and a visitor center with dioramas, exhibits, and hands-on displays, vist the Barataria Preserve in Marrero.

For talks and tours at the site of the War of 1812’s Battle of New Orleans, visit Chalmette Battlefield in Chalmette. Every year in early January, the anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans is commemorated with reenactors, cannon firings, and more. Stop at the visitor center for exhibits about the battle and how it shaped American history. Chalmette National Cemetery, established in May 1864, is next to the battlefield.

For a look at the influences that shaped one of America’s great cities, visit the French Quarter Visitor Center in New Orleans.

For the history of the Acadian (Cajun) people who settled southeast Louisiana, bayou boat tours, music, and other programs, visit the Acadian Cultural Center in Lafayette.

For the prairie Acadian story, music, dancing, craft demonstrations, and Saturday night at the “Cajun Grand Ole Opry,” visit the Prairie Acadian Cultural Center in Eunice.

For bayou boat tours, free jam sessions with local musicians, history walks, and the story of Louisiana’s bayou country, visit the Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center in Thibodaux.

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