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Go off the beaten track in New Orleans!

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Well there’s Mardi Gras and all the great restaurants in the French Quarter, but what is there to do off the beaten track in New Orleans? Here’s your answer! But first, check cheaprooms.com now and find a cheap hotel in New Orleans to use as your home base for exploring the best – and quirkiest – that NO has to offer.

New Orleans’ most famous street has to be the birthplace of Jazz – Frenchman Street. It’s a little distance from the more popular French Quarter haunts, but the music here is sublime and the crowds less, well, crowded. . Do make sure you book a discount hotel room in New Orleans that’s close to the French Quarter – this is where you’ll spend a lot of time.

One of the best ways to see the city is on the St Charles Avenue Trolley which takes you from Canal St all the way through the beautiful Garden District. A surprisingly large number of visitors don’t make the trip – yet it’s inexpensive and one of the easiest ways to get a handle on the geography of New Orleans.

If you’ve a mind to hire a car, you can get out of the city and visit what The Wall St Journal calls “one of the most haunted houses in America.” Go on, we dare you. It’s about two hours drive to The Myrtles in St Francisville, alongside the Mississippi, through plantation country.

Louisiana is swamp country so climb aboard an airboat and take a trip through the bayous, swamps and Cajun country. It’s a different world, full of alligators and other less than friendly wildlife. That said it’s a very different experience to share with the folks back home. A good tour is available about an hour out of New Orleans in Jean Lafitte which is on the edge of the Jean Lafitte Barataria Preserve area.

 

The Big Easy and all that jazz

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It does Blues, it does Jazz, it does music!! Part of the attraction of New Orleans is the proliferation of music clubs to satisfy every taste, mostly around the French Quarter area. Maybe you want to organise a group of music lover friends to accompany you, maybe your family is happy to indulge your hobby and get a little big easy into their system at the same time. Either way, jump onto cheaprooms.com and get into a cheap hotel in New Orleans – there are over 200 to choose from and they have every budget covered.

The musical history of New Orleans is writ large on every street corner, seen in every parade and heard in every small bar that dots the wide-ranging zones of this city. You won’t just find music in the French Quarter, a cheap hotel room on Cheap Rooms in the district that suits you best in New Orleans.

Many argue that jazz started in famous New Orleans jazz bars and the city honors its heritage with the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival every year in spring. It’s the largest of the city’s music festivals and covers not just jazz but blues, cajun and world music of all sorts. It’s called ‘Jazz Fest’ for short and runs for a couple of weeks. The unique jazz sound from New Orleans was borne of European instruments combining with African rhythms, finely tuned over decades in the public parks, and largely, Congo Park. NO was the only city in North America that allowed slaves to gather publicly and play their music. The sound that grew out of these gatherings was called jazz.

Lucky for some. If you’re lucky enough to see a New Orleans funeral procession, you’ll see pure jazz New Orleans-style. The idea is to dance away your grief and to see death as a major celebration. Having music at your funeral is an African idea symbolising the transition. The general thinking is to have a brass band play a slow dirge on the way to the burial plot and then a joyous old ragtime song like ‘Didn’t He Ramble’ on the way out of the cemetery.

Now, if you’re not out on the streets catching a New Orleans Marching Band with its procession of folk dancin’ in the streets, then you need to find New Orleans’ best jazz club. Opinions are divided but a good one is Preservation Hall on St Peter St in the French Quarter. It has been belting out tunes with the help of some of the most famous names in jazz since way back when and the menu is essentially traditional jazz and that’s it. Talking of menu’s, there’s no food or drink available, it’s just a music hall dedicated to the best jazz it can find.

All that music is going to make you a little hungry and New Orleans has some of the best food in Louisiana. There’s historic food galore here with a fantastic fusion of flavours between African and Cajun recipes, chefs and ingredients. Gumbo, Po’boys and seafood in all it’s many incarnations. The French Quarter is full of fine restaurants, you can’t go wrong. Try a muffuletta for lunch – a country-sized serving of ham, salami, Swiss, provolone and olive spread.

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Bastille Day in the French Quarter!

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Bastille Day on July 14 is a big deal in France every year. But where to celebrate in the US? New Orleans of course – and Cheap Rooms has got just the ticket – a cheap hotels in New Orleans close to the French Quarter.
New Orleans is the most French of US cities and ‘Independence Day’ for France is a lot of fun.

The good folk of New Orleans take the Bastille Day celebrations very seriously and you can make sure you get in on the best of it at Cheap Rooms with a good range of deals across the budget range.

Celebrations are a more muted affair in New Orleans, but it wouldn’t be New Orleans without a mini-parade or two, a dinner or five, a long lunch or seven and a bunch of fireworks. Pick of the celebrations for locals and tourists alike? On Saturday, July 14, the Faubourg St John Merchants’ Association will be hosting a free, open-to-the-public block party from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the 3100 block of Ponce de Leon Street. Lots of food and drink and plenty of live music.

Located on Decatur Street, between the Jax Brewery Shopping Mall and the French Market, in front of the St. Louis Cathedral, Jackson Square is named after Andrew Jackson who has the honor of three statues in the square. Grab coffee and beignets from Cafe du Monde and enjoy breakfast while people watching in the Square. It’s a well-know artist haunt and you’ll see the artists at work and perhaps have your portrait drawn by one of the many in residence.

Everyone talks about the unique New Orleans cuisine, and hey, if you’re here over Bastille Day, you may as well make fine dining a goal! Summer in New Orleans is al fresco dining time, and some of the city’s best food can be found at Bayona in the French Quarter. It’s on Dauphine St and they have a lush little courtyard fringed with palm leaves and sheltered from the heat with tropical flowers. Afterwards you can explore the Quarter to your heart’s content and check out the antique stores close by.

It’s not just San Francisco that’s famous for its streetcars! New Orleans has some classic rides including the mahogany seats and brass fittings of the St. Charles Line. There are three different lines: St. Charles, Canal Street, and the Riverfront, each of which originates downtown but takes you different parts of the city. Rumbling around the ”neutral ground” of St. Charles Avenue and Carrollton Avenue for more than 150 years, the St. Charles goes through the oldest and most majestic section of uptown New Orleans, around the Riverbend to Carrollton at Claiborne Avenue. Swaying along St. Charles Avenue through a tunnel at Live Oaks, the streetcar passes dozens of antebellum mansions and historic monuments. One-way fares are $1.25 and can be paid with exact change when you board.

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