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Edible Homework: Cooking Schools Share the New Orleans Culinary Experience

By: Ian McNulty Visitors who think a clutch of plastic beads, a hurricane glass and an obscene T-shirt are the best they can bring back home from a trip to New Orleans clearly haven’t experienced one of the city’s distinctive cooking schools. Anne Gormly has, and after a lunchtime class...Read More

Experience New Orleans Mardi Gras Like a Local

If you're a true Mardi Gras fan like us, you started counting down the days until Carnival as the ball dropped on New Year's Eve. While Mardi Gras is on Tuesday, February 28, 2017, the weeks leading up to Fat Tuesday, known as Carnival season, make Mardi Gras one of the best times to...Read More

Gardens of the French Quarter – St. Anthony’s Garden

By: Sally Reeves Detail, Ignace Broutin, Plan de la Nouvelle Orléans telle qu'elle estoit le premier janvier mil sept cent trente-deux. French Centre des archives d'outre-mer 04DFC 90A. Broutin's plan of the garden and the Capuchin complex in 1732. Several drainage features seem to be...Read More

Grand Chorus Without End at the Old Cathedral in Jackson Square

By: Sally Reeves Every quarter-hour, the thin peal of bells at St. Louis Cathedral calls saints and sinners, mostly the latter. They clang out a slightly off-key sound, as if they well know the offbeat rhythms of the neighborhood below them. The pulse of a circus atmosphere around the church...Read More

Type Spotting: Historic Building Styles in the French Quarter

By: Sally Reeves A keen eye and quick list can unveil the salient patterns of French Quarter building types. Most antebellum sorts come in "Creole," "American," and a mix of the two. Those built after the Civil War and later are generally "Eastlake," or sometimes "Craftsman" cottages. There are...Read More

Must-See French Quarter Courtyards

Photo courtesy of Hotel St. Marie There’s no shortage of grand courtyards in the Quarter. Many of these are, obviously, located on private property, but some are open to the public. Le Monde Creole walking tour is an excellent introduction to New Orleans buildings, including some of the...

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Photo courtesy of Cemetery Tour New Orleans at Basin St. Station on Facebook Former New Orleanian William Faulker famously wrote, “The past isn’t dead and buried. It’s not even past.” Nowhere is this truth more evident than in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1. In this storied “city of the...

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The French Quarter is many things: a historic site, a shopping and entertainment district, a premiere food and drink destination and, to many tourists, an adult Disneyland. But for roughly 3,888 New Orleanians, according to the 2010 Census, the French Quarter is home. Nowhere is it easier to...

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When it comes to Chartres Street, a good rule of thumb is to keep it simple. That guideline pertains to both the street’s name (no need to pull out your French pronunciation guide—it’s simply pronounced CHART-ers) and your approach to exploration. Chartres Street is lined with historic sites,...

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A dauphine is the wife of French king’s oldest son—and just as its name suggests, a stroll down Dauphine Street will make you feel like royalty. That’s thanks in part to the standout restaurants that line the elegant (and, yes, regal) corridor. But Dauphine Street is also host to attractions...

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For people who like living on the edge—of the French Quarter, that is—North Rampart Street is where it’s at. This street serves as the northernmost boundary of the French Quarter, dividing it from Treme. You’ll find less foot traffic on this bustling thoroughfare than in other places in the...

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Famous Streets of the French Quarter

Royal Street by Trevor Mark When French cartographer Adrien de Pauger laid out the Vieux Carre’s orderly grid in 1721, he envisioned the St. Louis Cathedral as the city’s center. While its Jackson Square location does remain a hub of activity, a modern 21st-century visitor would be...

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Decatur Street: A Block-by-Block Guide

Decatur Street photo by Trevor Mark Decatur runs parallel to the Mississippi River, starting on Canal and ending at St. Ferdinand Street in the Marigny. Decatur was previously known as Rue de la Levee ("Levee Street") but was renamed in 1870 after Stephen Decatur, the American naval war hero...

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Fun New Orleans Sightseeing with the Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

With a city as robust and cultured as New Orleans, you can imagine the overwhelming number of attractions, restaurants, shops and much more. We found ourselves asking – What neighborhoods are must-sees? Which museums are worth the price of admission? How will we get there? What do the locals...

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Royal Street, a Block-by-Block Guide

Royal Street Between St. Louis and Conti, New Orleans, Louisiana by Ken Lund For a full 13 blocks, Royal Street runs parallel to Bourbon Street, yet this thoroughfare - one of the finest stretches of art galleries, antique stores, wrought iron balconies, restaurants and architecture in the...

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