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Two nights-Tuesday to Thursday...suggestions

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Two nights-Tuesday to Thursday...suggestions

We are arriving on Tuesday November 6th and leaving on Thursday November 8th. We are two couples in our mid- fifties and would like to take in the best of New Orleans in this very short time period. What do you suggest?

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1. Re: Two nights-Tuesday to Thursday...suggestions

Is this your first visit to New Orleans? If so, I would definitely suggest taking a carriage ride around the French Quarter. This will help acquaint you with the layout of the Quarter and you will get a bit of a history lesson as you ride around. I would suggest spending one evening in the French Quarter, seeing Bourbon Street, having a hurricane at Pat O'Brien's and singing along at the piano bar, and the other night going to some of the music venues on Frenchmen Street which borders the Quarter. What kind of food are you looking for - inexpensive, moderate, expensive? My DH and I are pretty cheap and we prefer the inexpensive places. We like Johnny's on St. Louis or Clover Grill on Bourbon for either breakfast (served 24 hours), or dinner (they cook their burgers under a hubcap). We always go to Napoleon House for lunch at least once during each visit - very inexpensive and such great atmosphere. Be sure to have cafe au lait and beignets at Cafe du Monde, an inexpensive and tasty snack. For a nice dinner, and reasonably priced, I would suggest Muriel's which is a very elegant restaurant but where you can be casually dressed and feel very comfortable.

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I second the carriage ride, talk to the person running it if there is anything special you want to see. I've found them to be pretty accomodating. Walk up and down Royal Street. Have a muffaletta. Original to New Orleans. Central Grocery on Decatur is where most people recommend, however, if you prefer to have your sandwich in a nicer restaurant, Frank's Restaurant just up the block has a great muffaletta and wonderful gumbo. It is our first stop every trip. Pat O'Brien's definitely for the piano bar. The Carousel Bar at the Monteleone hotel. So many places, never enough time...

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3. Re: Two nights-Tuesday to Thursday...suggestions

Here are SOME of the "must dos" in the French Quarter alone:

-Visit Jackson Square and peruse the offerings of the artists and craftsmen there.

-Stop often and listen to the street musicians and observe the street performers.  BE SURE TO TIP THEM IF YOU LIKE THEIR PERFORMANCE. ( For that reason, be sure to bring a bunch of dollar bills, and fives too.)

-Go into the beautiful old St Louis Cathedral at Jackson Square. Again, BE SURE TO LEAVE AN OFFERING to show your appreciation.

-Visit the French Market to peruse the Flea Market and the Farmer's Market and the associated restaurants and shops.

-Take a buggy ride from Jackson Square around the Quarter to get narrated history lesson.

-Eat a beignet at Cafe Du Monde.

-Eat a po'boy sandwich or some crawfish or alligator on a stick.

-Drink a Hurricane in the courtyard at Pat O'Briens.

-Take a walk along the Mississippi River levee.

-Take a FREE ride on the Algiers Ferry to get a great view of the Quarter from the river.

-Peruse the art galleries on Royal Street.

-At nite, either watch or participate in the spirit of bacchanalia on Bourbon Street.

-As an alternative at nite, walk over to Frenchman Street to the jazz clubs.

-EAT, EAT, EAT, EAT, EAT, EAT at many of the dozens of superb dining establishments in the Quarter.

-SHOP, SHOP, SHOP, SHOP, SHOP, SHOP in everything from "touristy" shops to high-end places.

-DRINK, DRINK, DRINK, DRINK, DRINK if that is your wont.  Lots of places and lots of different drinks.

-Take a ride on fhe streetcars, which opens up an entire new set of activities OUTSIDE of the FQ!

-Take a tour to visit local plantations or swamps or a "Katrina tour" to understand the devastation and recovery from that terrible event.

And this list has only touched on SOME of the highlights.  Others will, I'm sure, add to this list.

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