Sorry I'm seeing this so late .
I go to New Orleans regularly .
I didn't go for a few years after my mom died,and that was when Katrina hit .
The entire ...flavor of new Orleans is decidedly different since Katrina .
Locals left .Foreigners bought establishments.
Old timers there,consider anyone who wasn't there for Katrina,an outsider ,even if you were born there .
I do not like all the bourbon st fanfare .
It's nuts when the Saints win is all I can say .It's much much more commercial now . It bothers me a bit ,but what can you do .
Staying over the bridge ,of you have limited tome and no car,is not a good idea.
That area is called Algiers,and locals can be wary of strangers .
I do agree,places like two sisters are over rated.Some of them are haunted however .
I've had some odd experiences in places like Antoines . Also,some of these places,if not diligent,will habe roaches you can put a sadlle on .
However,this is not the case with Brennans .
I highly recommend the breakfast brunch . Absolutely get the bananas foster.
They invented it,as well as oysters rockafeller .
If you want witchy or voodoo stuff ,I can tell you where to go for either,as both exist there.
You can get readings at the more touristy places like Marie laveaus house of voodoo ,but forgo that,and go visit her graves .
She has two . One in st Louis one ,one is st Louis two .
The cemeteries outside the FQ ,are in sad disarray now. Crumbling tombs .
Very sad .
I'm glad I saw it all when it was all intact .
And yes,there is crime ,but just mind yourself.I've never had a problem.
I suggest taking the trolley by the river, as it rides into the garden district ,with all the amazing houses.
Do try cafe du monde ,acme oyster bar ,mothers ,for food.
I know of a hotel just outside the FQ ,that's haunted. It has no pool tho,which is a selling point for some.
A lot of bands stay there because its off the beaten path ,and quirky . They have voodoo themed drinks,and a voodoo room there.
Let me find the name
Here it is. It's Johnny Depps fave pls e to stay in NO
I also suggest going to the shaved ice place.
Let me find the name. And yes,Tipatinas was the place back in the day . No more .
Johnny Depps old clun partner from LA opened a club down there called The Shim Sham club ,but I think its gone now .
House of Blues is the big music place now .
Here it is Hansens sno bliz .Most awesome shaved ice ever
It ,like Tipatinas,is on Tschopatoulis st .
It's pronounced CHOP A TOLISS
It's worth the trek
Also Commanders Palace has a lovely brunch on Sundays . There is also a quaint cemetery across the st from it
Go early for the cemetery .It's closes early on weekends .
You can also find Ann Rices old house is the Garden District ,and someone is always filming a movie down there now.
Nick Cage ,Jason Stathem ,are two I've seen down there walking around .
If you want more,just ask. I want a house down there actually. Like some ppl do Florida ,and go back and forth .
I want new Orleans .I kind of wanted a place in Algiers actually .
edit on 05/28/2013 by PtolemyII because: (no reason given)