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Trip report day 3: part 2

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Trip report day 3: part 2

Early evening of day 3 finds me in Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop. Now, I get that a building from the 18th century is pretty unusual on this continent, but I look at the wooden beams and low ceiling and am kind of “meh”. More exciting is the Foo Fighters song coming from the jukebox. I figure it’s time to sample a Hurricane, which knocks me for six. Do they put rubbing alcohol in these things? I swear my gums and lips are numb for a good few hours afterwards.

R Bar, down towards the Fabourg Marigny, is a great place to stop for a drink (although I would prefer to sit at a table – which are few and far between - than at the bar, where my back is to the action and I can’t indulge in my usual hobby of people watching). But this is a place where tourists are in the minority (but nevertheless very welcome) and it’s nice to get a sense of where locals hang out.

Back to the hotel (Place D’Armes really is perfectly placed in this respect) for another quick costume change and then on to Napoleon House. My waiter is great but the meatball po’boy I order is only so-so. The Pimms cup (as good as any in the UK) helps to wash it down though.

The show at Preservation Hall is exactly what I expected: hot and sweaty but amazing musicians. Totally worth the queue and $12 cover charge. Afterwards, as tempted as I am by the prospect of another drink (after all, I’ve done wine, cocktails and cider today: why not try for beer as well?!) I decide that the 2 day train journey ahead of me might be best approached without a monster hangover. So it’s back to the hotel to set the alarm as I want to hit Café Du Monde before my train in the morning.

So, what pearls of wisdom can I pass on from my time here?

1. Coming in July is a great idea. If a girl from England - where a heatwave means two days on the trot above 70 degrees – can handle it then anyone can. There are enough people around to make it feel buzzy but it’s not in the least crowded. Just bring a brolly!

2. El Gato Negro is as good as everyone says it is.

3. Take a bike tour: a great way to see a different side to the city and get out of the FQ.

4. If you go into every bookstore you come across (Faulkner House in Pirates Alley; Librarie Books on Chartres; Garden District Bookstore in, well, the GD) your backpack will be too heavy to pick up.

5. Trip Advisor forums cannot be beat when planning a trip to New Orleans: you guys really know what you’re talking about and gave me confidence about where to go and what do to. A HUGE thank you!

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1. Re: Trip report day 3: part 2

jb, I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit to New Orleans. I love Lafittes because of it's age. When I moved to the States (almost 30 yrs ago) I just couldn't settle because everywhere I went the buildings and towns were all new (by UK standards) and then I went to New Orleans. I just settled in immediately. I only wish I could live there, but I am close enough to visit 3 or 4 times a year. About those Hurricanes at Lafittes. The deal is they put a very generous amount of rum in them, then fruit juice and then they top it off with a shot of 151 proof rum! Hopefully I'll be in your neck of the woods this time next year-I love shopping in Leicester! Thank you for all your reports as we have really enjoyed reading them. So, when are you planning your next trip to our beloved city?

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2. Re: Trip report day 3: part 2

Great report, jb! I agree about Lafitte's hurricanes...and I think that since they're made individually and don't include a mix, the strength of each varies slightly. Our first one there (shared by DH and myself) was quite strong and we loved its fresh juice taste. When we arrived in The Quarter on our next trip, we literally ran to Lafitte's (from the Canal St. area) for hurricanes. Well, we each had one and upon leaving, not only were my lips numb, but so were my nose, ears, and inhibitions :)

I'm so glad you had a great time and thanks for sharing with us!

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3. Re: Trip report day 3: part 2

So glad you had a good time, and that the forum was of help. These people are really top notch!!

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4. Re: Trip report day 3: part 2

Just packing to leave now :(

bcla - maybe I'll see you in the Highcross next July!

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5. Re: Trip report day 3: part 2

Generally the Napoleon House is just known for the Muffleletta's and the Pimm's Cup. Did you get to the back area with the piano bar at Lafitte's..It can be like a marine obstacle course in the dark to get there but you get some great entertainment after 10PM back there.

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6. Re: Trip report day 3: part 2

what's a brolly?

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7. Re: Trip report day 3: part 2

JB--Loved your trip report! I love the Lafitte's building because it is sooooo old and beautiful. I wish I could find a drink there that I loved. Maybe next time I'll get an Abita Amber! Can't go wrong with that one!!!!! Glad you loved El Gato so much. That is just a great place for drinks and food! Thanks for sharing your trip with us! You have to go back so you can write another one! We all loved your writing style and we can always read about our beloved NOLA!

Vvwalk--Webster's says a brolly is an umbrella! I hope that's right anyway!

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8. Re: Trip report day 3: part 2

vvwalk, a brolly is an umbrella

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9. Re: Trip report day 3: part 2

in the context, I would say yes, it is an umbrella!

jb...thanks sooooooo much for taking the time to write this WONDERFUL trip report while you were actually there!

Hope your train journey is smooth, fast and uneventful...the sad part is, nothing from this point on will be as exciting as New Orleans...

Edited: 27 July 2011, 21:14
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10. Re: Trip report day 3: part 2

JB, thank you for another wonderful trip report.

I so hear you about the "old" buildings - being European (Polish) myself, I can't tell you how many times I had to conceal a yawn when someone was telling me, wide-eyed "This is an old building. It's ... *gasp* ... 100 years old!" here in the Northwest USA. At least in NOLA that's said about buildings 200 years old and up. Still younglings for someone coming from a city full of 14th century architecture, but a bit more respectable. :) Old or not so old, I did like Lafitte's a lot. :)

That packing to go back part, don't you just hate it. :( Enjoy your beignets and return soon! :)

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