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deeprig9
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re: NOLA trip next weekend from GA
Holy Moly the streetcar pass system is so complicated. JP transit vs RTA, multiple riders, transfer, exact change, no cards accepted at the TVM's, and it is 2023.

The horse carriage people have it figured out. Every other form of public transportation has it figured out everywhere else in the world.


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re: NOLA trip next weekend from GA
If you are travelling with an 8yr old, definitely go to City Park. Storyland, kids rides, puppet shows, carousel, etc.
They also have Putt-Putt golf and paddle boats there.
Everything is close in New Orleans, so it will only take you 15 minutes from the Garden District.


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ned nederlander
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re: NOLA trip next weekend from GA
Would love to hear a recap of how the weekend went and what y’all ended up doing.


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Would love to hear a recap of how the weekend went and what y’all ended up doing.


Already typing it in my head. Leaving in the morning, about to go to a hipster restaurant in garden district for our last meal. I wanted to go to Mr. Ed's but wife wants something fancier.


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deeprig9
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Would love to hear a recap of how the weekend went and what y’all ended up doing.


Part One:

Friday Arrival- Afternoon and Evening:

Arrive in New Orleans about 4PM local time by automobile on Friday, at 1404 Magazine Street. No designated parking, and parking sucked.

We already had a haunted history carriage tour booked for 6PM leaving from Jackson Square. Aware the sun goes down about 6:30, we wanted to not be in the French quarter too long after dark which is why we scheduled it "early" - in my mind.

We get cleaned up and walk to the St Charles street car pickup which was further than I was led to believe, about 1500 feet. More than a block.

The first streetcar was full. Sorry.

The second streetcar was almost full, but let us on. Didn't even check for tickets or app.

There was some clusterfrick at the intersection of canal so they called end of the line a couple blocks short of the French Quarter.

At this point, we've got about 25 minutes until our carriage departure. Walking this last couple of blocks on St. Charles to Canal, it was like a scene out of Coming to America when they first arrived in Queens. Passed out junkies in the middle of the sidewalk, my 8 yo asking mommy why these people are sleeping on the sidewalk. Broad daylight.

Walking extra fast, we get to Jackson Square huffing and puffing with about 5 minutes to spare when we checked in with the carriage people. The guy says it will be a few minutes, so I needed my first beer of the day and went across the street to Corner Oyster House for a to-go. Nice and easy, walk back to the carriage station, and they are all boarded waiting for me. My wife points to a sign that says "no alcohol" and the tour guide says "that looks like Sprite to me, come aboard" and earned his tip right then and there.

The tour went as I expected; I've been on many of them in Charleston and Savannah. The tour guide did a great job, despite the apparent trend of assholes heckling the tours, throwing shite at us, and intentionally trying to spook the mule. And this wasn't on Bourbon St. Waaaay off Bourbon street the drunks and psychos have apparently spread from where I remember them being on my last NOLA visit ca 2012. It used to be you could stay off Bourbon and still have a nice time. Times have changed.

They say mules are used for New Orleans carriages instead of horses because they are more heat-tolerant. But it gets hot and humid as frick in Savannah, and to a lesser extent, Charleston, and they all use draft horses. It is my conspiracy theory they use mules because a horse would get spooked by the flim-flam antics in the French Quarter. As exhibit B, at one point our guide got a call from the boss asking where "Matt" was, if he'd seen him. Matt was their most experienced mule handler, taking out a relatively new mule on a tour, and contact had been lost. Not making this up. It wasn't even dark yet, and people were acting like this.

We end the tour, and we still haven't eaten yet. The Corner Oyster House wasn't packed, despite being about 7PM at Jackson Square, so we figured it sucked, but needed to eat something before we went back to 1404 Magazine and we wanted to get the hell out fast.

We were seated immediately.

They advertised Breakfast All Day, which I'm a sucker for. I got the croissant with bacon egg and cheese with grits. Excellent. My wife had their chicken and sausage gumbo. (She had three different gumbos on this trip, I will share her gumbo ratings later). The child had chicken strips and french fries. Overall the service was great, the food was good, and we were ready to go home.

But night had fallen and it was a long walk back to the street car and Decatur St had become a shite show already. My wife insisted we get an Uber.

As it turns out, Uber doesn't like coming in the French Quarter. So we still had to walk to Canal. And it turns out they still don't like coming to Canal. So every attempt made to get a pickup on Canal resulted in a pickup spot a block off Canal to the South. We eventually gave in, walked the equivalent of 2 blocks south of Canal in the dark. Got into the Uber heading back home. The small talk consisted of me saying the French Quarter seems wilder than my visit over a decade ago, and the driver responding to say the whole city is wilder than 10 years ago, and although a NOLA native, she's moving to Atlanta in December to set roots somewhere else. Then we talked about Atlanta for a while.

Back at the room, I had some Coors Light I brought with me from home so I had some refrigerator beer. Exhausted from a day that started with driving from Atlanta to New Orleans, I drank several of them while eating my kid's leftover chicken fingers, wondering what the next day would bring.




Up Next:

Part II

Saturday-
Johnny's, Preservation Hall, Boo-Krewe Halloween Parade (and more Street Car frickery)


TulaneLSU
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re: NOLA trip next weekend from GA
Friend,

It is deeply distressing to me that your first day did not hit high marks. The first block off Canal along Bourbon and Royal have always been a gathering place for the depraved. It is for that reason, we usually enter the Quarter along Exchange Place, Chartres, or even Decatur. I am also sorry someone suggested doing a ghost tour. Even the one Pulitzer Prize winning writer Chris Rose leads is not worth the time. Instead, next time, if you want to do a tour of the French Quarter, take one led by a National Park Service ranger. The rangers are more interesting and give real history, which is far more interesting than entertainment stories.

Next time, join Mother and me for a walk on the sidewalks of New Orleans. Whenever the streetcar is too full, we just take a lovely walk into downtown. But oh, how I miss my days of streetcar conducting.

Yours,
TulaneLSU
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notiger1997
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I’m just going to say that relying on the street car to get you around the city in a timely manner was a bad idea. LOL
It was indeed a crowded arse weekend downtown. I was watching my Uber app and all weekend it seemed like there was surge pricing and driver shortages day and night


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deeprig9
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re: NOLA trip next weekend from GA
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I am also sorry someone suggested doing a ghost tour. Even the one Pulitzer Prize winning writer Chris Rose leads is not worth the time. Instead, next time, if you want to do a tour of the French Quarter, take one led by a National Park Service ranger. The rangers are more interesting and give real history, which is far more interesting than entertainment stories.


The haunted history tour wasn't based on a suggestion, it was a pre-requisite for the trip. Our child is obsessed with legends and lore, the spookier the better, even if the stories are 75% bullshite. It's the best way to deliver history to him. He loves it, we love it. That tour would have been one of the highlights of our trip were it not for the barely living souls of the French Quarter that exist solely to harass others.


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deeprig9
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Part II- Part A

Saturday.



My wife, weeks in advance, purchased front row seats at Preservation Hall for the 3:45 matinee. The Halloween Parade was scheduled to begin around 6 or 6:30 or whenever the parade decides to start.

Game Plan: Daddy wants a po boy from Johnny's because I remembered it fondly from my previous visit 11 years ago. So we'll go to Johnny's for lunch, then "kill time" while making our way to Preservation Hall, then "kill time" waiting for the Halloween Parade.


About 11AM, my wife is chomping at the bit to get to the French Quarter; she's still shell shocked about the previous evening's logistical failures. I tried to tell her we were leaving too early, but she was too spun up to listen to reason so I said fine, we'll leave at 11AM for lunch and a 3:45 jazz concert. That was passive-aggressive of me, I should have been assertive.

We get to the street car stop on St. Charles. The app says 3 minutes. Then 7 minutes. Then 14 minutes. Then 3 minutes. Then brrrrrrrrr closed for maintenance. Check back in a few minutes, etc.

About five minutes later, a bus pulls up, lady opens the window and yells "street car closed, get on the bus!" so we do. Apparently the street car was fricked up in some way so the buses were doing double duty. Again, they never checked our passes/fares, just told us to get on. And then, at each streetcar stop, the bus driver stopped, opened her window, and yelled for the people to get on. Some people ignored her. She screamed back, the street car is shut down, get on the bus! Get on the bus! But they just stood there like morons. So off we went. But I got a bad feeling, like the "there's room for one more" story. Luckily that was just a dark feeling and not reality, as the bus took us right to Canal Street.

We got to Johnny's just about noon. We expected a line. And we weren't in any hurry at the moment. They had softshell crab as a po boy option, and whenever I see softshell crab on the menu, I'm a sucker. So I got the softshell po boy. I had no intention of finishing an entire po boy because I am not a glutton, so I split it with my wife who also ordered her second gumbo of the trip- a seafood gumbo garnished with a large blue crab leg we had no way to open and eat. Her gumbo reviews to come later. The child got a plain cheeseburger. As per usual, the food took forever to come out but we weren't in a hurry and I expected this. Luckily there was a table we shared with other patrons. At one point I had to correct my child for not respecting other people's space. I also had an Abita Purple Haze. The sandwich was delicious. The sweet tea was premade shipped in sweet tea from one of those branded tea urns and was too sweet, even for us dentally challenged Georgia folk. I had to make my way into the line to pour it out and pour unsweet tea, and the leftover residue of the previous tea was sweet enough for the cup. I don't think I'll be back a Johnny's. I have gotten it out of my system.

Now it's about 1 o'clock and there's 2.5 hours to kill before Preservation Hall. My wife wants to go to a museum of some sort, but me and the child find that boring. So she finds a Voodoo museum, and we say yes. But it's a longer walk. We walk to the voodoo museum but they meter the entrants, one cannot simply walk up and pay and enter. The next entrance available is at 2:45, which cuts it too close to our Preservation Hall reservation.

So, to kill more time, we end up strolling all the way back down to Jackson Square and going to Beignet (sp) Cafe, not to be confused with Cafe Du Monde. Open air, but serves more than just hot chocolate and chicory coffee. We kill an hour there. Then go to the Water Walk or River Walk or whatever you call it, yikes. Just as many passed out junkies there as on St. Charles at Canal. I don't say this dismissively, my brother is deceased as a direct result of opioid addiction. Seeing it laid upon this city, in the tourist areas, like nobody gives a single frick, is disturbing to me.

Still having an hour to kill, so go to Jackson Square and sit on a bench like Forest Gump, watch people get their wedding pictures taken. Child is miserable. I start into the "We shouldn't have left at 11AM" but the wife wasn't having it. "Then lets just all go home!". At this point I decide to become assertive and take control of the rest of the vacation.

We get to preservation hall, checked in, walked in, and my initial impression was horrible. I thought what the frick is this mickey mouse bullshite, I thought it was some grand ol opry house shite, I thought there would be concessions, I thought there would be bathrooms, I though there would be air conditioning. But then the music started.

Preservation Hall was my personal highlight of the vacation. Wendell Brunious and his band in an intimate setting is something that I can't even believe is something you can still buy and experience in this world of shite.

We all left with very high spirits after walking in with very low spirits.


And we still have the Halloween Parade that my wife insists upon seeing. That will have to be a Part II-B, as this post is long enough.
This post was edited on 10/24 at 10:23 pm


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We all left with very high spirits after walking in with very low spirits.


The New Orleans experienced summarized


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deeprig9
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re: NOLA trip next weekend from GA
I typed up a very long and passionate Part II-B but AT&T fricked me and it wouldn't go through, and I don't have it in me to type it all out again.

Summary-

I hate parades, I have darkness in my heart. But my wife and kid enjoyed the halloween parade; we watched from the gate of Jackson Square on Decatur St. My kid got some stuff thrown from the floats and he was very happy about it.

Transportation back to 1404 was an Uber clusterfrick. We finally made it back home and never even had dinner. We dined on leftovers and snacks we had packed for the drive the day before.

Next up- Sunday: St Louis No 1, Felix's, Bug Museum


ned nederlander
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re: NOLA trip next weekend from GA
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Next up- Sunday: St Louis No 1, Felix's, Bug Museum


It’s like game of thrones all over again - just waiting for the next season to continue the story.


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re: NOLA trip next weekend from GA
deeprig9’s saga so far has reminded me of two of my most cherished travel precepts. The first is to expect that things won’t go as planned, and to adopt an attitude of adventure when that happens. (“We are having an adventure!”) This helps to ensure that whatever Good may be waiting in the wings is not rerouted by one’s negative response to the disruption. The second is to recall that the best stories seem to spring from the worst disasters. Keep the audience you will one day regale in mind as you endure the travel gods’ slings and arrows.
This post was edited on 10/28 at 11:33 am


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re: NOLA trip next weekend from GA
Not sure you could have picked worse restaurants if you actively tried to.


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