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« on: April 11, 2005 12:39:01 AM »

I'm going to be visiting New Orleans with my family for about a week this June.  Can anyone give me suggestions of fun crafty/voodoo-y/piratical things to do and see?  My sister and I are trying to fill out our itinerary so we don't get dragged to the D-Day museum by our father. 
Ideas of stuff a bunch of teetotalers can do during the twilight hours would be especially appreciated.
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« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2005 04:44:35 AM »

i'm from new orleans, and lemme tell ya there's tons of stuff to do. there's haunted tours that are fun, the old cemetrys are really cool to visit too, but they're right next to the projects so if ya go make sure it's with a tour or family.have fun!
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« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2005 06:22:44 AM »

The Funky Butt.

jazz club a couple of blocks off bourbon.  it's super-swank.  and their sig drink is Funky Butt Juice. yum.
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« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2005 07:10:20 AM »

Thanks for the suggestions!  I've got a couple of tourist guides and I've been looking a lot of stuff up online so I don't think we'll run out of stuff to do, I was just wondering if there was anything specifically interesting to those of a crafty bent that I wouldn't want to miss.
Unfortunately none of us drink and one of us is underage so bars are not really an option.  Can you think of anything else we can do after dark (once we've run out of haunted walking tours, that is).
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« Reply #4 on: April 18, 2005 01:42:42 PM »

Thanks for the suggestions!  I've got a couple of tourist guides and I've been looking a lot of stuff up online so I don't think we'll run out of stuff to do, I was just wondering if there was anything specifically interesting to those of a crafty bent that I wouldn't want to miss.
Unfortunately none of us drink and one of us is underage so bars are not really an option.  Can you think of anything else we can do after dark (once we've run out of haunted walking tours, that is).

I love New Orleans!  I went last March!

The BF and I aren't teetotalers but we're not binge drinkers either, and we were actively seeking non-boozy activities during our 10 days in the quarter as Bourbon st can seem increasingly creepy the longer you're there.  I HIGHLY recommend Cafe DuMonde--open 24/7 near the river for beignets (yummy french donut things piping hot and smothered in powdered sugar) and coffee--late at night it's a surprisingly soothing place to chill for a little while.

On a crafty note, definitely visit the open air market for cheap boas and mardi gras beads if you think you can repurpose them excitingly... I have a hoard I'm slowly doling out into crafts.  Smiley  Also there are usually crafters selling there, so it's fun to browse, and many of the little boutiques locally sell crafty things, so again, it's fun to see what other folks are doing... hope this helps...
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« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2005 08:45:14 PM »

Check out nola.com for events and good restaurant recommendations.  I've been here my whole life, and I am always amazed at new things my friends and I find around town.  Definitely the French Market; you never know who or what you'll find there.  Go early in the morning when it is still (somewhat) cool, and wind your way down to Cafe du Monde for some beignets and cafe au lait.  CDM is a prime place for people watcing.  I second the Funky Butt....very cool place.  There is a SnB group that meets at the Fair Grinds coffee house; I'm not sure what days, but it might be at the SnB website.  One of the best(and cheapest) ways to see the city is riding on the street cars.  There is a green line and a red line, and they both go to and through great places.  And, personally, the D-day museum isn't that bad, but I'm a history dork so I love that stuff.  Whatever you do, please, please, please don't eat at Denny's or McyD's or anyplace you have at home.  You must try our food!!!  No matter what you like, you'll find it; I'm veggie and if I can pig out on local fare, anyone can!  Have a great trip!
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gothwench
« Reply #6 on: May 10, 2005 03:16:22 PM »

well I would certainly recommend a trip to my store. Grin

but if you are looking for something late at night - I have to recommend Zotz. There are open 24 hours and are on Oak Street.


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« Reply #7 on: May 10, 2005 06:30:20 PM »

I just had to add a funny story on my open air market purchases of 20 feather boas in a major variety of colors for a bachlorette party.  They filled an entire bag which I had checked on the plane and wouldn't you know it, that's the one they searched! When I got my bag home, there was the normal note enclosed stating that my bag was randomly choosen for search and blah, blah, blah.  Hand written on the note was the following: "Impressive! We're not going to ask. Have a great night."  That must have surprised them to open a bag filled with feather boas. 

Anyway, I second the market recommendation.  When I was there last, there was a bead shop off Jackson Square on St. Ann near Royal on the west side of St. Ann. I have no idea if it is still there but they had a lot of variety.  I don't remember the name.
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« Reply #8 on: May 10, 2005 06:55:21 PM »

You could always go to   Marie Laveau's old house . I thinkthey have  a  gift shop with all kinds of  cool   Voodoo items . And  friends have reccomended  Cracker Barrel , for  their food   Smiley   This is just going on what former  residents have reccomended to me .
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« Reply #9 on: May 14, 2005 07:01:06 AM »

I'd also recommend Audubon Zoo, the aquarium and park.  They aren't nightime activities, but they are really nice.  As for something crafty, maybe go visit the glass blowing shops on Magazine St.  I went once and it was really interesting, not to mention free.  There is one dangerously close to the D-Day museum, so plan your route carefully Smiley

As for something at night, there are always the palm and tarot card readers around Jackson Square (kitty corner from CDM) or a riverboat dinner and cruise.  This you can find by the riverfront aquarium.  I did it once and it was an interesting way to see the city. 

If you don't drink but just want an interesting view of the city, the 360 club on top of the World Trade Center down by Harah's casino has a rotating room that looks out over the river and the rest of the city.  I don't know what their policy is on people who just want to drink tea and look out the window, but it might be worth a call to find out.

Enjoy, New Orleans is a beautiful place!
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