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Old Posted Feb 10, 2020, 5:15 AM
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Thumbs up The City of Yes! Yes! Oh God! Yes! (NOLA)

If you cannot have fun in New Orleans, you cannot have fun anywhere. I took my wife to New Orleans last year for Valentine's Day. Neither of us had been there before, and unbeknownst to us, Mardi Gras actually begins in January so we ended up with much more craziness than either of us expected.

New Orleans I must say is quite unlike any other US city I've been to (I've been to nearly all the major ones). It's wonderful, vibrant, colorful, very rough around the edges, and just flat out fascinating. And the people watching is made so much more fun with a to go cup.


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Old Posted Feb 10, 2020, 12:05 PM
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Probably the city in the US I’d most liked to visit but still haven’t. Hopefully soon!
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Old Posted Feb 10, 2020, 1:24 PM
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New Orleans is wonderful. I certainly hope you had enough good sense to go to the Insectarium and eat some bugs... There's some kind of mealworm or some such that they serve there, dusted with cinnamon and sugar -- delicious!
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Probably the city in the US I’d most liked to visit but still haven’t. Hopefully soon!
You have the opportunity to take the City of New Orleans and see a lot of middle America plus relive history:

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unbeknownst to us, Mardi Gras actually begins in January so we ended up with much more craziness than either of us expected.
Mardi Gras Season begins at Twelfth Night--12 nights after Christmas (Jan 5)--but truth be told the craziness due to Mardi Gras is minimal until the final week before Lent. If you encountered craziness, it was probably just standard NOLA craziness although early in the season there is the occasional parade and King Cakes are on sale (if you like that sort of thing). Around New years, there often are bowl games, other sporting events and conventions in town that do heighten the craziness too.

I love NOLA this time of year--in January or early February. It can get chilly and a cold fog sometimes envelopes the river banks but its all much preferable to the sweatiness of late Spring, Summer and early Fall. And later in Mardi Gras it really does get crazy, you can't get into the good restaurants etc etc.
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Visited NOLA last year and was so impressed. The place is a cultural treasure. From the Garden, to the French Quarter, to Marigny, all great (except maybe Bourbon St). The music, the architecture, the food, the history... authentic and distinctive. Hopefully you got a chance to get out of the city and tour a plantation. I visited Whitney Plantation and it was eye opening and very memorable.
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Hopefully you got a chance to get out of the city
If you really want to get out of the city, rent a car and take US 90 to Houma, Morgan City, New Iberia and Lafayette, then back to NOLA on I-10/12. This is Cajun Country. A quick Google search will find you some fine eating on the way.


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Hope you don't mind if I throw in some pics I took of NOLA a few years ago. I hope to entice more people who've never been there to go. Nobody regrets a visit to NOLA:

The CBD, Warehouse and Irish Channel neighborhoods


Central City/Mid-City Neighborhoods


Canal Street (the divide between the French Quarter, to the right, and the Central Business District to the left


What I meant by a cold fog along the river bank in winter


Where the muffuletta sandwich was born--you can't leave town without trying one


St. Louis Cathedral and park


Park in the Faubourg Marigny neighborhood (I forget its name)


The French Market (basically a flea market but at the near end is the famed Cafe Du Monde serving great beignets and hot chocolate or creole style coffee)


This was Uglesich's Restaurant. In spite of the central European name, it was arguably NOLA's best cajun restaurant but Katrina (and the lire of retirement to its owners) blew it away


And lastly Dunbar's, once the home of what many considered the city's best soul food (especially the fried chicken) but also a victim of Katrina

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I love New Orleans. The city is sooooo authentic. It's an original. It's a birthplace of so much American culture.

As American heavy tourist destination cities (Orlando, Vegas, Miami, DC, LA, NYC) -- New Orleans is probably fav to visit.

New Orleans is interesting without trying.
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So everything French-relateted is cultural, like Montrael, Quebec.
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So everything French-relateted is cultural, like Montrael, Quebec.
New Orleans is "Creole" meaning its culture is a combination of Spanish, French and African. Many of its people are African-American and historically it was ruled by Spain and France before being part of the Louisiana purchase in which the US bought it from France and significant numbers of English-speaking Americans began moving in.

Outside the city itself, to the south and west, is the "Cajun" region, settled by French-speaking refugees from the Acadian region of Canada (the city is often mistakenly considered part of this region), forced out when the English took control of that country.

So the southern Louisiana culture is a unique mixture with the French influence from 2 different sources (French rule of the city itself and the Acadian refugees from French Canada) plus the Spanish and African (manifested in such things as voodoo) admixture.

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So everything French-relateted is cultural, like Montrael, Quebec.
You seem to have a thing with the French language?

Is it because you're jealous that the Wallons are seen as more fun and interesting? Because of Tintin, Jacques Brel and Stromae?

Don't sweat it. You're richer than them and you have nicer cities (Brugge, Ghent, etc.). Even the Grand'Place (Grote Markt) in Brussels is mostly a Flemish creation.
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I do appreciate New Orleans, love the Quarter, and the Garden district especially. I did like it better the first time I went then subsequent visits. Mainly because of those rough around the edges/high crime areas take a little away from it.
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Great city! Great photos! But I have to say, there is no accent in the word "Monde." Get it right, Café du Monde! (I still love your beignets, though!)

ETA: NEVER MIND. It's a trademark symbol.
ETA again: DAMN! I want some beignets, now!

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Great city! Great photos! But I have to say, there is no accent in the word "Monde." Get it right, Café du Monde! (I still love your beignets, though!)

ETA: NEVER MIND. It's a trademark symbol.
ETA again: DAMN! I want some beignets, now!
Can someone explain the appeal of beignets to me? I had some at the Café du Monde location right smack-ass in Jackson Square, and thought to myself the entire time, "I've been had... This is a fucking funnel cake!"
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