My Fabulous Vino con Vista Weekend in New Orleans: Mardi Gras Parades and Jazz Fest

New Orleans: Mardi Gras revelers at Jackson Sq...

New Orleans: Mardi Gras revelers at Jackson Square, French Quarter (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Garden District, New Orleans, Louisiana (28)

Garden District, New Orleans, Louisiana (28) (Photo credit: Ken Lund)

First Street, Garden District, New Orleans, Lo...

First Street, Garden District, New Orleans, Louisiana (5) (Photo credit: Ken Lund)

New Orleans - Garden District: Commander's Palace

New Orleans – Garden District: Commander’s Palace (Photo credit: wallyg)

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English: Statue of Andrew Jackson, sculpted by Clark Mills, in French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana. St. Louis Cathedral at Night

The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis serves a...

The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis serves as mother church of the Archdiocese of New Orleans (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

New Orleans

New Orleans

English: Statue of Andrew Jackson, sculpted by...

English: Statue of Andrew Jackson, sculpted by Clark Mills, in French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana. St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans 2014

New Orleans is one of America’s most unique cities: jazz, Cajun cuisine, and outrageous Mardi Gras celebrations.

Mardi Gras will be a little earlier in 2020 when Fat Tuesday falls on February 25th.

Follow this link for more information:

https://www.nola.com/entertainment_life/mardi_gras/

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English: French Quarter - New Orleans

English: French Quarter – New Orleans (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The picturesque Vieux Carre in New Orleans is the delightfully historic French Quarter, the Crown Jewel of New Orleans. The French Quarter is one of NOLA’s most historic neighborhoods. You’ll find legendary restaurants including:.  Antoine’s. Arnaud’s. Galatoire’s. and Brennan’s.

Get a hotel room in this little slice of heaven that can be found from the banks of the Mississippi River to Rampart Street. There are plenty of fantastic restaurants, antique shops and tourist attractions in this area.

 

New Orleans was founded in 1718 by the French Mississippi Company. It was ceded to Spain in 1763. Many of the historic in the French Quarter were built during the Spanish occupation.

English: The Battle of New Orleans. General An...

English: The Battle of New Orleans. General Andrew Jackson stands on the parapet of his makeshift defenses as his troops repulse attacking Highlanders. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: The USS New Orleans (LPD-18) passes b...

English: The USS New Orleans (LPD-18) passes by downtown New Orleans on the Mississippi River (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Napoleon eventually sold the land to the United States in 1803 as part of the Louisiana Purchase. You can also visit the Chalmette Battlefield; site of the Battle of New Orleans between the United States and Great Britain. I also liked the plantation tour at Destrehan Plantation.

New Orleans Cafe du Monde

New Orleans Cafe du Monde

Photo of Decatur Street, New Orleans, with Low...

Photo of Decatur Street, New Orleans, with Lower Pontalba Building to left and center, part of the awning of Cafe du Monde on right, Lower Pontabla building on Jackson Square in background. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: French Quarter - New Orleans

English: French Quarter – New Orleans (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I love St. Louis Cathedral behind Jackson Square. It is North America’s oldest cathedral (1720).  www.stlouiscathedral.org

The equestrian statue of Andrew Jackson sculpted by Clark Mills was erected in 1856. There are four identical statues in the US. I think I saw one of them is in Jacksonville Florida.

New Orleans St. Louis Cathedral 2014

New Orleans St. Louis Cathedral 2014

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After you visit the Cathedral, stop at Cafe du Monde www.cafedumonde.com. Then, take a carriage ride around Jackson Square with a bag of  pralines to snack on. I think the horses get their energy from the pralines.

New Orleans Carriage Ride

New Orleans Carriage Ride

St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans 2014

St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans 2014

You can visit the Mardi Gras museum or check out the charming of artwork and make reservations for some Louisiana specialties like: Cajun fried-turkey sandwiches, grilled crawfish sausages, red beans and rice and king cake.

New Orleans Music Scene

New Orleans Music Scene

New Orleans has world-class restaurants, historic architecture and outstanding Jazz musicians!

Historic New Orleans

Historic New Orleans

New Orleans Restaurants

New Orleans Restaurants

New Orleans Restaurant Reservations are required at the top places

New Orleans Restaurant Reservations are required at the top places

At the Acme Oyster Bar, New Orleans.

At the Acme Oyster Bar, New Orleans. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

New Orleans Mardi Gras Museum

New Orleans Mardi Gras Museum

New Orleans Jazz

New Orleans Jazz

New Orleans Oyster Bar

New Orleans Oyster Bar

Mardi Gras day in the French Quarter of New Or...

Mardi Gras day in the French Quarter of New Orleans. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Cafe Du Monde in New Orleans, LA, at night.

Cafe Du Monde in New Orleans, LA, at night. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Jackson Square - New Orleans

English: Jackson Square – New Orleans (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Order some Cafe au Lait and hot beignets at Cafe du Monde. These fried doughnuts are brimming with powdered sugar.

The busiest time in the French Quarter is during festivals: JazzFest and

Mardi Gras.

Mardi Gras is a four day celebration in New Orleans that culminates on Fat Tuesday. Watch this video and get ready to join the parade through the Faubourg Marigny and French Quarter. You can reserve a private balcony on Bourbon Street for the Mardi Gras extravaganza:

New Orleans The Carosel Bar 2014

In New Orleans go to the revolving Carousel Bar at the Hotel Monteleone in The French Quarter at 214 Royal Street.

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New Orleans in the USA http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTYcgnqAzqE

New Orleans Party Animals

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Go to Bourbon Street and find notorious bars where you can order a delightful hurricane cocktail including:  Old Absinthe House, Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop, Johnny White’s Bar and Pat O’Brien’s.

New Orleans Art near Jackson Square

Check out the art in New Orleans near Jackson Square

Hop on the City Sightseeing Bus (www.citysightseeingneworleans.com), for a hop-on hop-off experience, or take the historic cable car that runs along St. Charles Avenue and visit the New Orleans’ Garden District. There are historical antebellum mansions with porches and verandas, lush gardens and magnolia trees.  The Garden District is bounded by St. Charles Ave., First Street, Magazine Street and Toledano Streets.

Garden District, New Orleans

Garden District, New Orleans (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

House, Garden District of New Orleans

House, Garden District of New Orleans (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

New Orleans Architecture

New Orleans Architecture

Shop along Magazine Street and visit the historic Lafayette Cemetery.

I love to visit New Orleans at Christmastime. When I stay in New Orleans, I love to stay at the Ritz Carlton in the Historic French Quarter. The Holiday decorations are amazing!

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Image result for ritz carlton new orleans at christmas

Make reservations for AFTERNOON TEA. 

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The Davenport Lounge hosts Afternoon Tea 7 days a week, at either 11  a.m. or 2:30 p.m., with a local harpist providing a soundtrack on  Saturdays and Sundays.

Make plans to attend St. Louis Cathedral Concerts during the holidays. “Throughout the month, some of the city’s greatest musicians, representing genres as varied as jazz, indie folk, zydeco, and gospel, put on shows in St. Louis Cathedral, situated in the heart of Jackson Square. These free holiday concerts are open to the public and generally last for about an hour.”

I love the LUNA Fête light show during the weekend of Dec 12-15. The LUNA Fête light show will illuminate part of the New Orleans Central Business District, on and around the Lafayette Square, located close to the French Quarter.

Another luxury option is the Four Seasons. Some of the other interesting hotels include: the swanky new Maison de la Luz in the Warehouse district or Ace Hotel New Orleans next door.

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New Orleans is a Foodie Haven. Check out: Marypop, Toups South or Toups Meatery.

The musical passion in New Orleans is unrivaled. Go to Preservation Hall or the Jazz Playhouse in a hotel lobby on Bourbon Street. There are so many interesting historic places in New Orleans to check out so follow this link for ideas:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Register_of_Historic_Places_listings_in_Orleans_Parish,_Louisiana

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travle Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.con

Lower Line Cemetery New Orleans II

Lower Line Cemetery New Orleans II (Photo credit: cloud2013)

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Coffee & beignets at Café du Monde, French Qua...

Coffee & beignets at Café du Monde, French Quarter, New Orleans (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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