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    What to do in New Orleans?
    Hey everyone, my wife and I are celebrating our 5th year of marriage this coming year and booked a cruise to Cozumel, Belize, Guatemala, and Costa Maya. We are leaving out of New Orleans and figured we would spend a few days there after the cruise.

    Has anyone ever been there and could recommend any must see/eat places to go?

    Unfortunately because of the trip I can't afford to make it to Affiliate Summit as well in the same month, but we will be having a good time.

    Thanks to any suggestions.
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    Has anyone ever been there and could recommend any must see/eat places to go?
    Been there quite a few times and always enjoyed it. What I like is mostly around the French Quarter. Jackson Square and the Cathedral, Cafe Du Monde, street car rides, the aquarium and just walking and looking. Lots of side walk talent.

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    Check yourselves into the ER at a trauma ONE hospital
    I never once felt threatened in New Orleans, but I stay in the tourist areas. They protect their biggest money maker.


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    I wholeheartedly agree with both posts by John. The Big Easy is one of our favorite places. Sadly we haven't been there in several years - but plan to go back one day soon.

    "Nawlins" is a great place to visit and John certainly hit the highlights. We have been to all of them over the years. But the City of New Orleans can be a dangerous place if you go wandering off by yourself outside of the French Quarter and the riverfront. My recommendation is to spend the few extra dollars to stay in the tourist area. It is well patrolled and about as safe as any place can be in any large city

    One of our favirite places is Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville. We had a great time there on a three different occasions - it is not the "tourist trap" disappointing place that Margaritaville in Key West has become. Also the Cafe du Monde with "Beignets & Coffee" for breakfast is a must see/must do.

    The jazz is authentic, the drinks (hurricanes) are plentiful and the gumbo is wonderful. Enjoy!
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    Antoine's is wonderful for Creole food.

    Brennan's for breakfast (Eggs Benedict - yum).

    Murielís is fun. It is located in a haunted home from the 1700s located in Jackson Square that is now a wonderful Creole restaurant. Try the seafood gumbo - it will haunt your taste buds forever The story w/ Murielís is that the original owner lost the house in a poker game and killed himself and now likes to hang around.

    To take a step down price and ambiance, try the Central Grocery located in the French Quarter. You can get a HUGE Muffuletta (smorgasbord of meats, olive salad, cheeses) on fresh baked french bread.

    The Warehouse district if sort of a soho-type area. It attracts the more yuppyish and artsy folks. It has a lot of art galleries, restaurants and bistros and is located close to the French Quarter.

    Tipitina's for live entertainment. Regulars include Dr. John, Neville Brothers, Johnny Sketch. Google it, they have a website.

    For live jazz, walk the French Quarter.

    House of Blues is not locally owned, but they offer a pretty decent list of live bands.

    The Maple Leaf is a favorite for us. It features a lot of Cajun and zydeco music. If you are visiting on a Sunday, try to catch the Iguanas playing. The place has tons of Louisiana atmosphere. It's casual, comfortable and just a fun place to relax and have fun.

    Safety - Like any city...
    Don't drink too much or at least have someone in the group who is sober.
    Stay in populated areas.
    Take a cab if you aren't sure about a location.

    French Quarter tours = horse/buggy rides are informative and fun. It's a fast and relaxing way to find out about the Quarter, and decide what you may want to go back and check out.

    Everything John said

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    Quote Originally Posted by Merchant Consultant Team
    Check yourselves into the ER at a trauma ONE hospital and hope that you both LIVE
    New Orleans is a nice place.

    Don't go looking for trouble and stay on the tourist path like French quarters, River walk, etc.

    The French Donuts aka beignet at cafe du mond is great. Just a few blocks from the french quarter.

    I never had any problems with New Orleans

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    I am the native son here having grown up in the subs of New Orleans and my wife in New Orleans. The cruise ship terminal is not far from the Quarter so if you want to enjoy a New Orleans visit you should stay in the French Quarter or one of the hotels on Canal Street - Marriot, Sheraton, etc.

    Leeann has some great suggestions. Also try the Gumbo Shop. I had a Muffuletta from Central Grocery last week. mmm still thinking about it. It was good.

    If you are a gambler, Harrahs is at the foot of Canal Street. Here is the link to the tourist bureau http://www.neworleansonline.com/.

    Like all cities, safety is good in numbers. Don't go off the beaten path by yourself and you will be ok. Most of the crime is in the poorer parts of town not near the tourist spots.

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    Everything Leeann said, and eat a prailine!! Oh man, the smell of those, I can feel it in my nostrils right now, so delicious. Crayfish galore, man, good stuff. Beignets, chicory coffee... oh so absolutely, completely jealous!

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    Thanks everyone for your ideas. I will definitely write this stuff down when we go at the end of January.
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    Quote Originally Posted by drumminlogan
    Thanks everyone for your ideas.
    And don't forget to tell us how it went after you get back.


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    I sure will. I bought tickets to see the Hornets play the Blazers while we are down there (I am a huge Blazers fan). I'm really excited to go to the game.

    Thanks.
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    Don't forget the gumbos and poboys while you are there...

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