Travel to New Orleans, Louisiana – Episode 476

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Travel to New Orleans

Hear about travel to New Orleans Louisiana as the Amateur Traveler talks to freelance journalist Jill Robinson. Jill agrees with Earl King “There ain’t no city like New Orleans”.

“It’s the least ‘American’ of cities in the United States. It was so clearly foreign to this country after the American purchase it was really easy for the residents to maintain a cultural continuity at a time when the rest of the country was getting more and more homogenized. For folks who haven’t been they owe it to themselves to check it out.”

The last time that the Amateur Traveler did a show on New Orleans was before Katrina, which happened 10 years ago. “Remember when people didn’t understand why New Orleans should make the effort to rebuild, you will when you go.”

Jill says “everybody wants to hit the French Quarter, so take all of your first day and explore, as you know you want to do it. Even more downtown from the quarter are the Marigny and Bywater neighborhoods, so I would do that on day 2. Day 3 is for the Tremé which is behind the French Quarter, CBD (Central Business District) and Warehouse District. And then on day 4 I would haul my butt all the way uptown which includes the Garden District. But the area is so large that you may want a couple of days depending on your speed. There are mansions, there are really good music clubs. So I would definitely take time in the different neighborhoods. After that I would take a day trip outside the city on the River Road.”

“Great places for families are Audubon Park, City Park, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Audubon Insectarium, Louisiana Children’s Museum and the French market. The best tip for music fans is to pick up a copy Offbeat magazine which is free and available in nearly every cafe. Shoppers love the French Quarter and Magazine Street. Food is available everywhere so forget every chain restaurant and just discover something really tasty from New Orleans.”

There is more to New Orleans than the French Quarter and there is more to the French Quarter than Mardi Gras and there is more to Mardi Gras than drinking, beads and boobs.

Jill introduces us to Jackson Square, the old U.S. Mint, Mardi Gras Indians, and the National WWII Museum. But she also takes us into the smaller neighborhoods, cafes and music spots. Jill has been to New Orleans multiple times each year over the last decade and more. Come hear about this fascinating city from someone who fell in love with it.

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Show Notes

Danger Jill Robinson
New Orleans
New Orleans Tourism
Offbeat Magazine
French Quarter
Bourbon Street
The Cabildo
Old U.S. Mint
Historic New Orleans Collection
National WWII Museum
Cafe Du Monde
French Market
Tremé
Backstreet Cultural Museum
Mardi Gras Indians
Faubourg Marigny
Frenchmen Street
D.B.A.
Royal Street Inn and R Bar
Bywater, New Orleans
Vaughan’s Lounge
Bacchanal Wine
Hotel Monteleone
Soniat House
International House
La Maison Marigny
The Joint
Elizabeth’s Restaurant
Dooky Chase’s Restaurant
Bayona
Cochon Restaurant
Upperline Restaurant
Lüke
The River Road
Barataria Preserve
Krewe Du Vieux
Barkus
Camellia Grill
Washington Square
Satchmo Summerfest
New Orleans’ Tremé Neighborhood

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Pam wrote about
I just listened to your Greece podcast. Very good except I think when you have a guest telling about sights of various places, if they have
an accent, you should repeat the names of cities or attractions that they mention. The Italian guest was fantastic except when she
mentioned an attraction I couldn’t understand her and you never mentioned the place so it was lost.

Thanks,
Pam

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by Chris Christensen

I am the host of the Amateur Traveler. The Amateur Traveler is an online travel show that focuses primarily on travel destinations and what are the best places to travel to. It includes both a weekly audio podcast, a video podcast, and a blog.

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