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New Orleans Christmas Concerts

November 28th, 2010 by bbnola

New Orleans - French Quarter: Jackson Square and St. Louis Cathedral

Free holiday concerts at St. Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square throughout the month of December.

Christmas is celebrated throughout the month of December in New Orleans, meaning there are plenty of opportunities to experience this holiday in a New Orleans bed and breakfast. The best way to immerse yourself in the holiday spirit is through music.

Live music performances should always be part of a New Orleans vacation, especially in December. Gospel is definitely the most popular music of the month, though it wouldn’t be New Orleans without some jazz. There will be special concerts almost every day of the week, and more than one opportunity to join voices with others and go caroling in the great city of New Orleans.

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Thanksgiving, New Orleans Style

November 18th, 2010 by bbnola

Every person should experience a New Orleans Thanksgiving. Be a bon vivant at least once in your life.

Turducken

The incomparable turducken

Southern, Creole, and Cajun influences run deep in the cuisine of New Orleans. You may think you’ve eaten turkey before, but have you ever had it like it’s prepared in this town? Deep fried? Oh yes. Crispy skin gives way to moist, tender meat. Stuffing? Add cornbread, Creole pork, oyster, shrimp, crawfish, or all of the above. My, that’s good.

The penultimate New Orleans Thanksgiving dish is the turducken. Imagine a whole chicken cooked inside a duck that’s cooked inside a turkey. The unique blend of these three flavors is unforgettable. After tasting it, you may never tolerate just plain turkey again.

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Royal Street

November 10th, 2010 by bbnola

New Orleans conjures images of Creole Townhouses with iron lace balconies. It calls to mind intimate courtyards and lush gardens. New Orleans means music and art and culture. That’s why people travel here. That’s why they stay in New Orleans bed and breakfasts.

Much of what defines New Orleans is found in the French Quarter on Royal Street, between Canal Street and Esplanade Avenue. Historic buildings dating from the 18th and 19th centuries stand shoulder to shoulder – some private residences, some New Orleans bed and breakfasts, some shops and restaurants. Merely walking down the street can be an extraordinary experience for travelers, especially when musicians and performance artists are at work.

antiquites texture

The antique shops on Royal Street are among the best in the country.

If time permits, the shops and galleries of Royal Street have much to offer. Indeed, it is said that Royal Street is one of the best places in the country to shop for antiques. Visit the French Antique Shop, a New Orleans treasure since 1939. M.S. Rau Antiques has been landmark in the French Quarter for nearly a century, and Royal Antiques has been in the business since 1899. In short, if you are looking for well-regarded and well-established antique shops, head to Royal Street.

Ask the innkeepers of your New Orleans b&b about their favorite places to find treasures on Royal Street; the advice of a local is priceless.

Louisiana Swamp Festival

November 5th, 2010 by bbnola

Louisiana Morning

Celebrate the Louisiana Swamp.

Many people travel to New Orleans and Louisiana specifically to experience Cajun culture first hand through food and music. If this sounds like you, head to a New Orleans bed and breakfast this weekend, November 6 and 7, 2010, and attend the Louisiana Swamp Festival. This is a great opportunity to learn about the traditions, food and music of the Acadian people who came to Louisiana in the 18th century.

Historically, Cajun culture was predominant in what is now called the Acadiana region of Louisiana, where the Acadians settled after being expunged from the Canadian Acadia. This area west of New Orleans is still home to a large Francophone population today. The north section of Acadiana consists of dry prairies and rolling hills, but the south gives way to the marshes and bayous typically associated with Cajun culture.

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