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10 Favorite Things We Did in New Orleans

1. Beignets at Café Du Monde

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A small coffee stand right off of Jackson Square that is busy even at 1 in the morning. We got an order of their famous beignets. I was going to order some iced café du lait, but they were out, which at one in the morning is understandable. THERE WAS SO MUCH POWDERED SUGAR!! IT WAS SO GOOD.

The Original Café Du Monde Coffee Stand was established in 1862 in the New Orleans French Market. The Café is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It closes only on Christmas Day and on the day an occasional Hurricane passes too close to New Orleans.

2. The French Market Inn


I loved the place we stayed! It was historic, beautiful, and close to everything in the French Quarter.

In the early 1830’s, the Baroness Pontalba y Almonaster purchased the Dreux’s bakery and the surrounding lots with the idea of opening an Inn for friends and business associates. The Inn opened and was well received by both the local Creole families and many visitors to the Cosmopolitan City of New Orleans.

3. Jackson Square and The Cathedral de St. Louis

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Jackson Square is the site where in 1803 Louisiana was made United States territory pursuant to the Louisiana Purchase. Sculptor Clark Mills’ statue of Andrew Jackson, hero of the Battle of New Orleans and seventh U.S. President for whom the former military parade ground was named, was erected in 1856.

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The first church on the site was built in 1718; the third, built in 1789, was raised to cathedral rank in 1793. The cathedral was expanded and largely rebuilt in 1850, with little of the 1789 structure remaining.

4. Pat O’Briens

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The Famous Fire Fountain  at Pat O’Brien’s

At the end of prohibition in 1933, Pat O’Brien converted his speakeasy to a legitimate drinking establishment called Pat O’Brien’s. The structures were originally built circa 1791 and became home to the first French Theater Company in New Orleans. In the mid 1940’s, Pat O’Brien’s Bar became incredibly popular when the Hurricane Drink was created. At that time, there was short supply of liquor such as whiskey, bourbon and scotch. There was, however, access to rum coming up the river. Bar owners were forced to buy large quantities of rum, 50 cases or so, in order to purchase other liquor. Through trial and error, O’Brien’s came up with a drink that everyone loved. He put it in a glass shaped like a Hurricane lamp and the famous Hurricane drink was bornn. Hurricane cups are now very popular suvenier item.

5. Having Brunch with a Ghost named Pierre Antoine at Muriel’s

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Steven and I were looking for a place to have brunch and decided on this placed off of Jackson Square called Muriel’s. We walked in and the host said that there were no tables avalible and that there would be a wait, unless we wanted to sit at the ghost table. He said we could look at the table, but we didn’t have to sit there. The waitress then led us through the crowded resteraunt to the back stairwell where there was a table set for four.

She turned to us and asked, “Have you heard our ghost story?” and gegorion monks started chanting on cue.

“What?!” I was startled to say the least. The stairwell was draped in black. The sound of footsteps were coming from above. The gold light fictures may or maynot have been flickering. And a crystal ball was sitting next to my head.

“Yeah, it said something about it online” Steven said. (He was the one who looked this place up.)

The waitress then started to tell us about Pierre Antoine Lepardi Jourdan, who had built this place as his dream home, for his family and himself. Although Jourdan dearly adored his beautiful home, he was a man that could never quench his thirst for the thrill and excitement of gambling. In 1814 he wagered his beloved home in a poker game and crushingly lost the one thing he treasured most in life. The shock of the loss was so intense that before having to vacate the premises and hand over his beloved treasure, he tragically committed suicide on the second floor in the area that served as the slave quarters-the same area where Muriel’s Seance Lounges are situated today. But they feel his presance most around this table in the stairwell.

Steven was very excited and convinced me to have a lovely brunch with him and Pierre.

6. 1850’s House Museum


The 1850 House is a rare place, offering a glimpse of middle and upper-class life in antebellum New Orleans, the most prosperous period in the city’s history. This furnished row house in the Lower Pontalba Building, represents a mid-19th century home. Visitors encounter the stories of the Baroness Pontalba, the woman who constructed the building and the people who lived here in the 1850s.
Parisian-style landscaping remain intact from the original design by Micaela Almonester, Baroness de Pontalba, in 1851. She also built the Pontalba Buildings, which flank the old square.

This was a great museum at a great price.

7. The Victory Belles

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We saw a sign in a window saying The Victory Belles were performing at the French Market Performance Pavilion. It looked like fun, so we decided to stop by and see. We were treated by a lovely patriotic performance by three ladies from the WWII museum. I loved all the old songs. They sang beautifully.

8. The Presbytère.

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This historic building has been turned into a museum with two exhibits. The downstairs focuses on Hurricane Katrina and the devastation that the storm caused to the city. The upstairs exhibit is all about Mardi Gras! I found it an odd pairing, but it really captures the spirit of the city, one that will make it way through adversity and knows how to have a good time.

9. The Cabildo

This historic building has also been turned into a museum. This museum has three floors and each floor focuses on the Spanish, French, and American influences that have shaped the city.

10. The Spirit of New Orleans

 


No matter where you are in the city, the echo’s of a jazz band can be heard, the food has just he right amount of spice, and a ghost may be walking among you.

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