"Two Visits - 54 Years Apart" Top 5 Page for this destination New Orleans by grandmaR

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In 2004, when I found an inexpensive hotel right off Canal Street, we flew in and spent a week in New Orleans and another 3 days out in the New Iberia area.


My first visit to New Orleans was when I was 12 and in the 7th grade. In addition to this picture (which my dad took - the horse's name was Blackie and he was pulling a scarlet carriage), the chief things I remember were pralines, the street cars on Canal street, the grillwork on the balconies of the French quarter (and the Garden District), the above ground tombs in the cemeteries, and eating in a fancy restaurant on Bourbon Street and at the Courtyard of the Two Sisters

When Bob was transferred to the base in New Iberia in 1960, we did not visit New Orleans.


So 2004 was Bob's first visit. It was before Hurricane Katrina

We rode the streetcars up and down Canal Street, along the water front and out to the Garden District. We took a city tour that included the cemeteries. We went to the Audubon Aquarium (although it was too cold and windy for us to want to take the J. J. Audubon in the picture out to the Audubon zoo). We walked around Jackson Square, and in the French Quarter, and shopped at the French market. We ate New Orleans food and we took the free ferry over to the Algier's Point.

We also took a boat ride up to the site of the Battle of 1812, and a tour which included both the Oak Alley plantation and the Jean Lafitte swamp.

Additional photos and descriptions are under
Algiers (Mardi Gras World)
Chalmette (Battle of New Orleans site)
Garden District
Jean Lafitte (Swamp Tour)
Jean Lafitte National Historic Park - French Quarter Unit
and Vacherie (Oak Alley)

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  • Cons:Weather
  • In a nutshell:Almost like another country
  • Last visit to New Orleans: Dec 2004
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  • Cho45's Profile Photo
    Jun 17, 2015 at 7:40 AM

    We were in New Orleans only once in July 2012, and only for one day, so just made it to the French Quarter. From reading your blog, I can see that we missed out on a lot of what the Big Easy has to offer!

  • windoweb's Profile Photo
    Jun 6, 2010 at 4:42 PM

    We will be here next month. Thanks for the tips. I especially love coffee and want to go to Cafe du Monde.

  • DEBBBEDB's Profile Photo
    Nov 14, 2009 at 11:57 AM

    The 1950 pictures of the horse carriage are amazing. You are so lucky to have pictures from back then.

  • xaver's Profile Photo
    Nov 10, 2009 at 6:52 AM

    it must be an amazing experience to go back in a city you had been 50 years before, great N.O. tour.

  • May 7, 2009 at 4:27 AM

    I hear the StayBridge Suites Hotel is a nice and if the St. James Cruise will bring you to and from the zoo. I noticed the VISITicket, that sounds great, but no info for St. James cruise Pls advise what I should be looking for. Tks Sharon

  • Mar 21, 2008 at 1:45 PM

    Great pictures and information. Excellent page

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  • kschatterbox's Profile Photo
    Apr 10, 2007 at 1:05 PM

    I love Cafe Dumond. You know after years of not being there I still dream about the taste of them!!

  • Feb 22, 2007 at 12:42 AM

    Hey, Your shrimps made fir in my belly, I gonna have shrimps tonight, of course with a mug of beer. Cheers TRC

  • skywalkerbeth's Profile Photo
    Dec 23, 2006 at 5:20 PM

    Love Uglesich's! is it still there?


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