By Jules E Beuck
One of our favorite spots to vacation is New
Orleans, LA or The Big Easy. We made another visit there this
winter. Whereas New Orleans does not have the extremes of Chicago or
New York it can still get pretty chilly which cut down on our usual
Be that as it may we still found plenty of
things to do and enjoy during our visit. Our hotel was on St.
Charles Street so the St. Charles Street Trolley became our best
friend. $1 per person for unlimited rides. One day we took the
trolley from one end to the other to view the architecture unique to
New Orleans. We would also ride it to the French Quarter, French
Market and even took it to go to something we have not seen in
decades, a one-screen movie theater. The Prytania Theater on
Prytania Street (surprise) is a small theater that harkens back to a
simpler time before multiplex theaters. It shows first-run movies
and has all the same movie theater food and drinks as the big
Besides music, there are unique foods one
can get in New Orleans. In the French Market we sat and listened to
Jazz while sharing a muffaletta sandwich. We also made sure to have
some turtle soup, bananas foster and beignets.
To learn more about New Orleans cuisine we
attended a cooking session at the New Orleans school of Cooking
where we were shown how to make crab bisque, shrimp creole, bananas
foster and pralines. We were able to sample each of the dishes and
were given written recipes to take home and try for ourselves. They
also have a class where you get to make it yourself but we chose to
skip that one.
We visited the New Orleans Mint and Jazz
Museum. The mint had old coins that were minted specifically for New
Orleans and some of the old machines used to press the coins and
print bills. In the Jazz Museum there was a room dedicated to
Professor Longhair a musician well known in New Orleans. There was
also a room for clarinetist Pete Fountain and a room dedicated to
women in Jazz. There were receivers one could pick up that had
recordings of the people featured. Also on display were pianos
belonging to Professor Longhair and Fats Domino, not to mention one
of Fountainís clarinets. We were told that exhibits are rotated in
the museum so every visit could give a different experience.
Spent one evening seeing the Legendary
Preservation Hall Jazz Band to hear some vintage Jazz.
So went our most recent visit to New Orleans
but unlikely to be our last.
Debbie Noama contributed to this article.