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Guidebook for River Ridge

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Guidebook for River Ridge

Sightseeing
Located in the heart of the French Quarter, this historic church is worth visiting for pure beauty alone.
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كاتدرائية سانت لويس
615 Pere Antoine Alley
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Located in the heart of the French Quarter, this historic church is worth visiting for pure beauty alone.
Decimated during hurricane Katrina & still bearing scars of that storm, a collection of green-built houses funded by Brad Pitt is a bright spot in this area.
Lower Ninth Ward
Decimated during hurricane Katrina & still bearing scars of that storm, a collection of green-built houses funded by Brad Pitt is a bright spot in this area.
This is the oldest premium rum distillery in the US. It's a small place but they give intimate little tours/tastings on site.
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Old New Orleans Rum Distillery
2815 Frenchmen Street
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This is the oldest premium rum distillery in the US. It's a small place but they give intimate little tours/tastings on site.
Nola (New Orleans Lager & Ale) Brewing is a fun little place to taste local brews, & pick up some unique beer related Louisiana souvenirs. FYI: Tchopoutolas is pronounced Chop-a-TOO-lass.
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NOLA Brewing Tap Room
3001 Tchoupitoulas Street
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Nola (New Orleans Lager & Ale) Brewing is a fun little place to taste local brews, & pick up some unique beer related Louisiana souvenirs. FYI: Tchopoutolas is pronounced Chop-a-TOO-lass.
This beautiful park and golf course abuts the river and Audubon Zoo to the south, and Tulane and Loyola Universities on the north. A great place to stroll, bird watch, & relax.
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Audubon Park
6500 Magazine Street
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This beautiful park and golf course abuts the river and Audubon Zoo to the south, and Tulane and Loyola Universities on the north. A great place to stroll, bird watch, & relax.
Take the ferry across the river (this is supposedly the deepest spot in the Mississippi) to Algiers- there is a great walking path along the river and this is bar-none the best view of New Orleans- breathtaking.
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Algiers Point
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Take the ferry across the river (this is supposedly the deepest spot in the Mississippi) to Algiers- there is a great walking path along the river and this is bar-none the best view of New Orleans- breathtaking.
Mark Twain said it was the most beautiful street in America. It is the penultimate New Orleans street. If you are driving you can park at Audubon Zoo for free and take the streetcar up St. Charles into the city.
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Saint Charles Avenue
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Mark Twain said it was the most beautiful street in America. It is the penultimate New Orleans street. If you are driving you can park at Audubon Zoo for free and take the streetcar up St. Charles into the city.
Food Scene
People come from all over the world to try the beignet's (ben-yays) at Cafe DuMond.
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Cafe Du Monde French Market
800 Decatur St
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People come from all over the world to try the beignet's (ben-yays) at Cafe DuMond.
This is one of my favorite eateries. It's located in a groovy little nook of the city that has bloomed since hurricane Katrina. They serve a dog for every taste bud: alligator, local sausage, vegetarian even. My fav is the duck dog with blueberry sauce. They also have two other locations (Freret is the original). I would recommend the Frenchman Street location- go to the upper story and eat on the balcony.
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Dat Dog
5030 Freret Street
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This is one of my favorite eateries. It's located in a groovy little nook of the city that has bloomed since hurricane Katrina. They serve a dog for every taste bud: alligator, local sausage, vegetarian even. My fav is the duck dog with blueberry sauce. They also have two other locations (Freret is the original). I would recommend the Frenchman Street location- go to the upper story and eat on the balcony.
Five Stars and legendary turtle soup.
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Commander's Palace
1403 Washington Avenue
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Five Stars and legendary turtle soup.
A fresh take on Italian-influenced dining. The chef is a creative, passionate restauranteur who "goes local' to create masterful meals (the peppers in the piquant fish special come from our garden).
Oak Oven
6625 Jefferson Hwy
A fresh take on Italian-influenced dining. The chef is a creative, passionate restauranteur who "goes local' to create masterful meals (the peppers in the piquant fish special come from our garden).
Unique place that sits out in the middle of the swamp between Lakes Pontchartrain and Maurepas. You can eat on the deck, weather permitting. I recommend you drive old 51 on the way out so you are right at swamp level, and highway 55 back so you are on the elevated road- both give great views of the natural beauty of the area. They serve lunch/dinner but not breakfast.
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Middendorf's Manchac
30160 US-51
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Unique place that sits out in the middle of the swamp between Lakes Pontchartrain and Maurepas. You can eat on the deck, weather permitting. I recommend you drive old 51 on the way out so you are right at swamp level, and highway 55 back so you are on the elevated road- both give great views of the natural beauty of the area. They serve lunch/dinner but not breakfast.
Arts & Culture
This is where my art hangs. Not to be biased, it's also the heart of arts district where the first Saturday of every month, galleries stay open late, serve wine & showcase new artists.
Ariodante Contemporary Crafts
535 Julia Street
This is where my art hangs. Not to be biased, it's also the heart of arts district where the first Saturday of every month, galleries stay open late, serve wine & showcase new artists.
Wow. See the film "Beyond All Boundaries". It made me cry.
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The National WWII Museum
945 Magazine Street
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Wow. See the film "Beyond All Boundaries". It made me cry.
This is one of the river plantations but the story here is told through the eyes of the enslaved population rather than from those of the landowner. It can be a powerful experience and is beautifully done, incorporating lovely art and actual narratives of the people. There is nothing else like it in the U.S.
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Whitney Plantation
5099 LA-18
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This is one of the river plantations but the story here is told through the eyes of the enslaved population rather than from those of the landowner. It can be a powerful experience and is beautifully done, incorporating lovely art and actual narratives of the people. There is nothing else like it in the U.S.
Everything Else
Great Aquarium. A note: the deepest spot in the Mississippi River is here at Algiers- allegedly about 250 feet deep due to scouring as the river rounds this bend.
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Audubon Aquarium of the Americas
1 Canal Street
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Great Aquarium. A note: the deepest spot in the Mississippi River is here at Algiers- allegedly about 250 feet deep due to scouring as the river rounds this bend.
Entertainment & Activities
Over 60 miles away but a great place to see. Bullet holes from the melee that killed Gov Long are still visible in the foyer of the capitol building. Visit the observation deck for a stunning view of the area. The surrounding grounds are lovely, the local restaurants delightful, and the price of admission- free.
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Louisiana Welcome Center
900 North 3rd Street
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Over 60 miles away but a great place to see. Bullet holes from the melee that killed Gov Long are still visible in the foyer of the capitol building. Visit the observation deck for a stunning view of the area. The surrounding grounds are lovely, the local restaurants delightful, and the price of admission- free.
I've done this tour several times and loved it. Historical and entertaining. there are several other tour venues (cemeteries, garden district, vampire) offered via this company.
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Haunted History Tours
723 St Peter
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I've done this tour several times and loved it. Historical and entertaining. there are several other tour venues (cemeteries, garden district, vampire) offered via this company.
Drinks & Nightlife
Built between 1722 - 1732 by Nicolas Touze, & reputed to be the oldest structure used as a bar in the US. Survived two local fires that impacted the Quarter, & was the "office" of our famous pirate.
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Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop Bar
941 Bourbon Street
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Built between 1722 - 1732 by Nicolas Touze, & reputed to be the oldest structure used as a bar in the US. Survived two local fires that impacted the Quarter, & was the "office" of our famous pirate.
A variety of more "local" feeling bars, eateries, and music venues, usually free, are located on Frenchman. Much more cool, less touristy. Just east of the Quarter.
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Frenchmen Street
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A variety of more "local" feeling bars, eateries, and music venues, usually free, are located on Frenchman. Much more cool, less touristy. Just east of the Quarter.
Parks & Nature
One of the better swamp tours and within 30 minutes of our house. We've been on it two times. You will see alligators, racoons, turtles and a myriad of birds and native fauna during the tour. Afterward head north on Highway 51 for lunch at Middendorf's- known for its catfish but with plenty else to offer, including deck dining with expansive views of Lake Ponchartrain.
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Cajun Pride Swamp Tours
110 Frenier Rd
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One of the better swamp tours and within 30 minutes of our house. We've been on it two times. You will see alligators, racoons, turtles and a myriad of birds and native fauna during the tour. Afterward head north on Highway 51 for lunch at Middendorf's- known for its catfish but with plenty else to offer, including deck dining with expansive views of Lake Ponchartrain.
Lovely trail that is partly on a raised boardwalk through the swamps of Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge. There is one overlook I particularly like where you are out in the center of a sea of tall reeds with only the sound of the blackbirds to "disturb" you.
Bayou Sauvage NWR Ridge Trail & Boardwalk
20876 Chef Menteur Hwy
Lovely trail that is partly on a raised boardwalk through the swamps of Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge. There is one overlook I particularly like where you are out in the center of a sea of tall reeds with only the sound of the blackbirds to "disturb" you.