A mini-guide to #NOLA
How fantastic is it that the ACTFL 2018 Convention is coming to New Orleans, Louisiana?! I know I’m excited. So excited that I started this post back in May and have almost 8 pages of information to share.
The Convention Center is ONLY a 30-35 minute walk to the French Quarter!!!
Now, I’m not a NOLA native but I was born in EBR (East Baton Rouge Parish) and live in the greater Baton Rouge area, a little over an hour away. And I do have a LOVE for New Orleans.
New Orleans is an incredible city, rich in history and culture and my favorite area is the Vieux Carré, more commonly know as the French Quarter.
Occasionally my husband and I drive into the city for a short getaway. Sometimes we hit all the touristy spots and other times we pretend to be locals but we always have a great time.
Our favorite place to eat is at Napoleon House. There’s nothing more refreshing than a Pimm’s Cup on a hot, humid day. We start off with the Cheese Board which is served with the most fantastic tomato jam and French bread. Josh gets 1/2 Muffuletta and I go for the Fried Shrimp Po-Boy. We’re always too stuffed for dessert but on our next trip I am absolutely getting the Bread Pudding.
Here’s a quick clip from GoNOLA.
Check out this newspaper article for some interesting historical information.
The Historic New Orleans Collection
During our last trip we visited the Historic New Orleans Collection, which was founded in 1966 and is located in the French Quarter. There are actually two locations, THNOC is on Royal Street and The Williams Research Center (WRC) is on Chartres Street. Admission is FREE and both locations are open Tuesday – Sunday from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm.
The Collection houses “more than one million items from more than three centuries, documenting moments both major and minor.”
Things to keep in mind:
- The curators are volunteers (mostly retired individuals) who are very knowledgeable and eager to chat.
- No food or drink! If you just bought a $12 cocktail don’t worry. You can drink it in the courtyard but not inside the building. (Oh, yeah maybe you didn’t know this but you may imbibe in public! You can even get “go-cups” of your adult drinks).
- $5 Tours are offered 4 times a day.
The Jazzy Pass
If you plan to explore the city extensively you may wish to invest in a Jazzy Pass. Passes can be used for Bus or Streetcar or Ferry fare. There is a GoMobile app which lets you track buses and streetcars in real time, purchase fare and plan routes. One-way fare is currently $1.25 (exact change if you’re paying cash to the driver) and a 1-Day Pass is $3. Senior Citizens can ride for 40 cents (must show ID). Most buses and streetcars are equipped for disabled riders but there is also a Paratransit service available. You’ll need to register ahead of time to receive these services which are available 24 hours a day EVERYDAY.
I have more to share but in the meantime check out this super Cool French Quarter Map (click a location and info pops up) for a self-guided tour.
See you in November!
During your visit be sure to use the #OneTimeInNewOrleans hashtag!