I'm from New Orleans. We moved to Baton Rouge about 16 years ago
. It's only an hour away from New Orleans (45 min if you push it). We still have family in the suburbs of New Orleans. We all survived the storm. I regularly work in New Orleans
I haven't done the tourist thing in a while, so I had to think about what things would give you a taste of New Orleans in a short time. The tour is informational, if you've never been to New Orleans....and if you have a good tour guide. If you can't get to Mother's Restaurant, there is a restaurant called Landry's right on the edge of Jackson Square. It's overpriced and the food is okay. If you've never had New Orleans cuisine, you will enjoy it. The locals go to other restaurants. There is another restaurant down there, but I can't remember the name and I don't know if it's open.
As you walk around, don't be afraid to look in the lobbies of the hotels. Some of them have remarkable decor. The Renaissance Arts Hotel has beautiful glass work and wonderful beds.
There is a park/walkway area on the river side of the levee that will give you a great view of the river. It's not the walkway by the Riverwalk, although that one is good. We call it the Moon Walk. I don't know the actual name of it, but if you cross the levee by Jax Brewery, it should be close to there. When I was in high school (and we won't even guess how long ago that was) the park wasn't there and there were private little areas. It was a teen hangout for all the things you do in the dark
. I'm not necessarily admitting to actually being there during that time
, I'm just telling the story! It's quite nice now and I think you and your new hubby would like the view. Enjoy!
One final thing...don't go down the little side streets in the Quarter...stay with the crowd. If you are ever in a place and you don't see people, get back to the crowd. If you get lost, ask a shopowner or a policeman. Don't necessarily take the word of someone on the street. Always be on guard and be aware of your surroundings. Look ahead and anticipate trouble areas where a fight may be brewing. These are the same things I tell my children when they go to the Quarter.
Bourbon Street after the 2003(?) LSU Sugar Bowl win was crazy, but we went after the game 8) . We were just careful. I don't think the crowds will be as thick as they normally are. If you are jammed in, walk in a single file holding hands or holding on to shirts. And yes, the guys are looking at your butt and yes, they did mean to touch you...it wasn't an accident
. The daytime is usually pretty tame, but nighttime is a whole different story. Everything you see on tv does happen
. Buy your beads...don't earn them! I think almost every girl at one time or another has had enough to drink and will earn her beads by showing her boobs. Not me of course!
You will have a great time!