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    Nerw Orleans after Christmas

    Daughter has a week off. Thinking of New Orleans. Any advice on which neighborhood is best. Of course I want to meet up w my NO quilting pals!
    Dotty in NYC

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    Metairie, right outside of New Orleans is nice and cheaper than the French Quarter.

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    I love new orleans. I always spend the bucks and stay in the french quarters. if this is your first time, go for it. everytime I, we, go, I always find new things. I am lucky and have some really great friends there who always take us to Dennies for dinner in the french quarter. great food. I would take a carridge ride and get a little history while riding. ther are many that gather in front of Jackson Square. I don't make too many plans and do things on impulse. always have the most fun that way. I would also recommend one of the cemetary tours. they are also rich in history.
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    How would you be coming, Dotty? Car, plane, train? Or do you plan to rent a car? I'm not to familiar with quilt shops in New Orleans, but there is one in Baton Rouge I've been to. There are two local shops in Lafayette though, and I've been to both. Then we have Hobby Lobby, Joann's, and Hancock Fabrics.
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    What are you interested in? Night life? a tour of the swamps? Tremendous jazz music? New Orleans has a small but first rate art museum with one of the countries best collections of Faberge eggs. Antiques? Royal street is famous for first class antiques and Magazine Street has more afforable shops.History? Battle fields? Voodoo? The best restaurants in the US? A first class zoo.

    Do some research before you go. A week isn't time enough to scratch the surface.
    Last edited by TanyaL; 09-11-2012 at 03:29 PM.

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    Google Gulf States Quilting Assn there. It is a very large quilting group (my mother founded it, so I'm aware of it) and I'm still a member, even though I no longer live in the general area. Anyway, the information from there will give you names of members you can contact AND there is a listing of all the quilt stores in that general area that recognize the association. While Metairie is a wonderful suburb and pretty central to most of the outlying area, it is not close to New Orleans, the city. There are, as TanyaL said many, many, many wonderful things to do. There is a great aquarium, a river walk (great shops), take a river boat ride, you name it - good food, good fun. Laissez les bon temps rollez! Makes me want to go home!
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    Thanks all! Look me up when you come to NYC!
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    They have plantations on the outskirts.

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    The zoo in New Orleans is FANTASTIC. There is also an old cemetery in Meterie that used to provide an audio tour. You simply checked in the front office and they provided a CD with points of interest through out the cemetery. Sounds strange, but it is so full of history and it was free. We had young children that even enjoyed it. Visit Oak Alley plantation also. It is beautiful. Plan on eating beignets at Cafe Deaumond, definitely take a carriage ride and check out the farmers market. I love New Orleans. My husband grew up a little west of New Orleans. He would move back in a minute if he could take the entire family with him.

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    The last time I was in New Orleans there were only two quilt shops that I know of. One is on the west side of town The Owl's Nest. At that time they had a wonderful supply of Civil War fabrics and a good amount of other themes of fabric. The staff was very accomodating and we had a good time there and bought FABRIC!!! The other shop is on the east side of town near the Park. Small shop but had a lot of different materials. Had a good amount of Mardi Gras fabric. I spent the rest of my money there. Some other shops may have opened since then, but I am not aware of them. Have a good time.

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    After Christmas in New Orleans is a wee bit dull, compared to the festivities which lead up to it. The bonfires on the levy (Christmas eve) are best if you get out of the car and visit the people who have built the fires. If you have a car, Metairie is not far, but don't plan on night life drinking then getting on the spaghetti highway to get back over there. The weather can be delightful, especially coming from NY, but it can also be bone chilling humid. Park for free south of Esplanade then walk, or ride the public transportation. Vanogay, yea ya rite, Let the good times roll!

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    I am reading this with great interests and taking notes also as we plan to go in November !

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    There are some festivities for 12th Night, which marks the beginning of Mardi Gras season. Usually it's an invite only ball and a costumed streetcar ride in the evening on St. Charles Ave. Www.nola.com would probably have some info on that. If you're in town then, it's worth doing. There are lots of B&Bs in the French Quarter and Marigny neighborhoods which would put you in the center of everything and give you a real sense of the flavor of the area. If you want to do some shopping outside of the French Quarter/Marigny area, head down Magazine street. About halfway to the zoo there is an amazing little shopping district full of quaint shops and restaurants.

    Have fun and stay safe!

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    Being an art teacher I think you will find New Orleans very interesting. Be sure to try and hit Magazine street if time allows. Lot of local artist shops there. Also they now have a tour that takes you thru the 9th ward area where Katrina was the most devastating. You can also see musicians row, along with the community that Brad Pitt help establish. It also takes you to one of the cemeteries there and the guide is very very informative. I live in Lafayette about 2.5 hrs west of New Orleans.
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    Change of plans! Family coming here Christmas week. I will save these good ideas for another time!
    Dotty in NYC

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    Thank you all! I took note as my own plan have not changed and our plane tickets are bought. I am going in mid-november. Can't wait!

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