Links to New Orleans Websites
Here's a small, annotated, list of links we've found useful or fun: We're trying to update as business folks reopen after Katrina.  Shopping for things you just won't find anywhere else is a New Orleans Pleasure.

Santa's Quarters is just such an opportunity at 1025 Decatur St. (1-800-626-8717).  Crawfish and Gator themed Santa ornaments - we even got us a St. Charles Street Car ornament for our tree.
New Orleans is a great place to browse for art, and actually pick up a nice piece to take home. Galerie Royale, Ltd. -we think this is one of the first commercial New Orleans art galleries with a website. Also the Historic New Orleans Collection shouldn't be missed - great historic maps for sale. New Orleans.Com - offers maps suitable for framing or to use to get around.
Vive la France at 823, rue Royale is a shop that caters to francophile tastes but adds genuine New Orleans hospitality at no extra charge. Vive la France was one of Susan's favorite shops - porcelain, home decor, nice fragrances in a service oriented, intimate little shop - a real find that stands out, even in the French Quarter! Nice people work there.
OffBeat Magazine is a great source for planning your nightly musical excursions - club listings and dates, while Gambit's Best of New Orleans is a good all-around view of what's happening in the city by districts. LOUISIANA MUSIC ARCHIVE & DIRECTORY offers reviews, information for musicians, and a calendar of musical and cultural events.

For another noncommercial take on the French Quarter, try Mitchel & Tami's home page , especially their New Orleans report.And for one more outstanding set of non commercial recommendations try Estelle and Michael's Page - Experience New Orleans with us! 
No trip to New Orleans would be complete without a visit to the "Cities of the Dead". Such an excursion was becoming increasingly risky in recent years. However, a local preservation group Save Our Cemeteries will provide you with a supervised tour of several of the city's interment sites. They even offer a police protected tour of St. Louis No. 1. Additional information and some great pictures can be had at Now Orleans VooDoo & Cemetery Pages.
We recommend you take a look at the sites listed on the New Orleans Web Ring - a great commercial and non-commercial sites founded by Ed Branley, the webmaster for Virtually New Orleans - fans of Sir Edward's pioneering work moderating the New Orleans listserver already know about "yatcom" and VNO. Ed's a really generous person who is eager to share his knowledge of the city.
Honeymooning in New Orleans is a site for those of you planning to include New Orleans in your nuptials - tips on romance and style to make your honeymoon memorable - based on the experiences of other couples.  To fully appreciate the French Quarter experience, you need a guide to show you the historic spots..At Crescent Star Tours, for those of you seeking a little romance, magic and mystery, Hannah will show you some of the city's romantic history . New - Mardi Gras - If new to Mardi Gras, everything you need to know is here.

Make some reservations at one of the New Orleans Family of Fine French Quarter Hotels - features of several hotels in the quarter, including our favorite the Place d' Armes French Quarter Hotel . Or try New Orleans' Links - FRENCH QUARTER SUITES.    Two sites for updated information about the city and the area are: The Gumbo Pages - Home Page - Chuck Taggart is a expatriated "yat" who hosts a California radio program - all things "Gumbo" here, including some great recipes.

The New Orleans School of Cooking - For a moderate fee ($15 apiece in 1990) you get several hours of entertainment and cooking instruction, and lunch! All within the confines of the Louisiana General Store, located in the Jax Brewery complex. This is one of the great values for tourists. Shop for cooking supplies in the online gift shop.

Speaking of food:
If recreating some of those special cajun dishes is what you are after - then you will soon come to know that ingredients make the dish. Since many of the ingredients used for South Louisiana cooking are particular to South Louisiana, then God bless UPS and FEDEX!!  For your larder:
The Gumbo Pages will get you started with some now legendary recipes.  Our friend Bob, highly recommends Joey's Specialty Foods from Lafayette, La.  Joey will UPS you lbs. of the real deal - andouille, boudin, tasso, crawfish (in season), as well as a host of prepared dishes.

Bon Champs!

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