"Live it up in the Big Easy" New Orleans by ymike2000

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My first New Orleans experience was a trip with my father just after I graduated college. He was on a business trip and left me to wander around the city all week. The music, the food, the drinks, the people...I was hooked. For 4 years I'd struggled to learn jazz and all it took was a week in New Orleans for me to finally "get it". I went home with cookbooks, CDs and a new addition to my list of favorite destinations.

Since then I've visited New Orleans many times in my professional life. I always expect to love it and it never disappoints.

A history lesson...

The sign says
First sighted as Indian portage
to Lake Pontchartrain and Gulf
in 1699 by Bienville and Ibertville.
Founded by Bienville in 1718;
named by him in honor of the
Duke of Orleans, Regent of France.
Called the Crescent City because of
location in bend of the Mississippi."

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Creole food, strong drinks. Great jazz, blues, cajun music.
  • Cons:Hot and humid.
  • In a nutshell:Somehow laid back and intense at the same time.
  • Last visit to New Orleans: Apr 2000
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • MarvintheMartian's Profile Photo
    Jun 20, 2004 at 4:10 AM

    I'm thinking of spending New Year here - looks like a fun place!

  • tompt's Profile Photo
    Nov 6, 2003 at 1:15 PM

    Should have seen your page before we went. We stood before a closed cemetary gate on a sunday.........

  • Sep 13, 2003 at 7:01 PM

    Nice page, Mike! I always wanted to visit New Orleans... I guess I need to do it someday...

  • keeweechic's Profile Photo
    Sep 5, 2003 at 6:08 PM

    Nawlin's certainly gets to you:-) I'm glad the Jazz finally did goo. Pecan waffles sound mighty good, I love the sound of that diner. I loved my visit and I only had one 'hurricane' :-)


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