Monthly Archives: July 2014

New Orleans Culinary Tours | Experience Food & Wine

Charles Avenue in the Garden District, along with tours of the French Quarter with or without a cooking experience. Walk along with Barreda for a 3.5-hour exploration of St. Charles Avenue and you hear stories of its connection with Mardi Gras and the history of the famous streetcar line. Shake hands with chef/owners at restaurants such as the Irish House, where Dublin-born Matt Murphy recreates an authentic Old Sod pub down to the weekly fiddle-off. You might taste Abita-battered fish and chips washed down with a Guinness, hopscotch to Emeril’s elegant Delmonico for a sophisticated nibble and feast on craft cocktails and lamb sliders at Bellocq in the Hotel Modern on Lee Circle.
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New Orleans tour guides sue city over licensing requirements
| Reuters

Not all of them have their history straight, said New Orleans tour business owner Robert Florence. In this nearly 300-year-old city that’s rife with historic landmarks, a favorite tour stop is a watering hole called the Napoleon House, a sprawling structure once occupied by the city’s mayor, who in 1821 offered the home to Napoleon Bonaparte as a refuge during the fallen emperor’s exile. Bonaparte, in fact, never visited New Orleans, but you wouldn’t know that by listening to some guides. “You’ll hear that Napoleon crossed the high seas and lived out the rest of his years in that house,” Florence told Reuters. “There are some whoppers out there.” Still, Florence, who owns Historic New Orleans Tours LLC and employs nearly two dozen licensed guides, said he sympathizes with complaints about licenses. “A lot of people who are conducting tours are retired doctors, lawyers and dignified senior citizens who don’t appreciate having to pee in a cup,” he said.
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Mysteries of abandoned New Orleans school houses revealed in tour  – NY Daily News

Vegetation covers the entryway at the school, which could cost $10 million to rehabilitate, in New Orleans.

Priestley Junior High has not hosted children in more than three decades, but it still has a gymnasium and chalkboards, some with creepy messages, inside. Priestly Junior High School, which hasn’t held students since 1980 and has been closed since 1993. A tour of for-sale, abandoned and decrepit New Orleans school buildings revealed what happens when school is not in session. Alfred C. Priestley Junior High last hosted kids in 1980, when it was turned into office space and then spent a dozen years holding old furniture until Hurricane Katrina ravaged the city in 2005. But the school, in the western edge of the city in an area called Pigeon Town, still contains the trappings of an institute of education. The materials, though, are a little shabby.
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