The general climate in New Orleans is quite tropical as are its lush gardens. You’ll see sweet olive, birds of paradise, jasmine, wisteria, Japanese plums, several varieties of gingers and bougainvillea. read more
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Do you know, that at this moment New Orleans has 1111 restaurants! Over 300 new establishments have opened since Katrina. We may not do some things right in Louisiana but we do know how to enjoy food!
This will be the beginning of a new blog category. we will call it simply New Orleans Restaurants. It is only my humble review. Before you make dining reservations for your next visit to our fun city check our blog archives for a locals perspective.
Despite its nasty side effects – delirium , kidney failure, hallucinatory fugues and death – absinthe was hugely fashionable among Victorian Orleanians and especially favored by the musicians, madams of Storyville, the poets and artists in the French Quarter. The Absinthe Room was the epicenter of the absinthe fad , and its infamous cocktail attracted famous patrons. Oscar Wilde, Mark twain, Robert E. Lee, Sarah Bernhardt and Walt Whitman were among those that stopped in for a taste. Mixologist, Cayetano Ferrer created the absinthe frappe, a mind numbing mixture of absinthe and anisette poured over ice.
The main stage is set amongst the wonderful live oaks and a great place to bring a blanket and settle in for a lively afternoon of Cajun and Zydeco music.
BeauSoleil, Rosie Ledet and Terrence Simien are only a few of the favorites that will appear.
The main reason the museum is located here in New Orleans is that the landing craft used in the invasion of Normandy and elsewhere were actually designed, built and tested here at the Higgins Shipyard. New Orleans native and historian Stephen Ambrose spearheaded the efforts to build the museum.
Its easy to spend the entire day and if you are a military history buff you could spend days. Enter the large lobby and you’ll find a Sherman tank, jeeps and halftracks, a Higgins Landing Craft, artillery and aircraft. Aloft , is one of the wars most storied C-47 planes.
The New Orleans Botanical Garden is located within City Park and was the first classical garden open to the public. It opened in 1936 with the help of redevelopment funds alloted by the national WPA program to help boost the nation’s economy during the Great Depression. The botanical gardens were revamped in the 1980′s, and it now contains over 2,000 species of plants from around the world.
The entire botanical gardens are composed of many miniture gardens, each with their own identity, including a Butterfly Walk, Lord & Taylor Rose Garden, Demonstration Garden, and Exotic Foliage. Maps are available to guide you through the gardens, and “Dial to Discover” stations allow one to use a cell phone to dial in and learn about different areas. They also offer a Spring and Fall lecture series for those interested.