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Heading to N'Awlins

I'm leaving today for SQLSaturday #17, actually in Baton Rouge. I'll be at the speaker party tonight and hope to see many of you at the event tomorrow. I'm not sure when I'm speaking as there was some schedule shuffling, but I'll deliver "The Modern Resume: Building Your Brand" if you want to see it.

Coming from Denver I had two choices for flights. I could fly to some city, depending on airline, change planes, and then land in Baton Rouge. Or I could fly to New Orleans and drive up. The distance between the cities is about 70 miles, a bit over an hour by car. Since I'd easily burn that hour in an airport changing planes, and I've never been to New Orleans, I decided to take that route.

My plan is to fly to New Orleans, pick up a car and drive around for a few hours. I'm looking forward to a meal in the French Quarter before heading to Baton Rouge.

I've also allotted myself an afternoon flight Sunday, so I'll drive back early in the morning and spend the day doing touristy things in New Orleans. Suggestions are welcome, and if anyone is taking a similar journey, ping me.

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Posted by Wesley Brown on 31 July 2009

My wife is a New Orleans native and we go a couple times a year. It is a place to eat that is for sure.

My fave is the crescent city steak house. Their menu is like a 4x6 note card steaks and sides and that's it.

I also like to ride the street cars there. It's different from San Fran's.

You should park and walk the french quarter it's almost impossible to drive down there.

Bourbon street is over rated. Smells like puke and urine and that's after they have cleaned things up.

that's all I can think of off the top of my head.


Posted by BuckWoody on 31 July 2009

You need to find a place to park, walk down to Jackson square and then walk across the street to Cafe Du Monde. Get a Beneit and a Cafe', and don't stand close when they make it. Tell me what you think.

Posted by Steve Jones on 3 August 2009

I didn't make Jackson Square (not enough time), but I did go through the French Quarter on foot Sun morning. It was interesting and the change from Decatur to Royal to Bourbon was amazing.

I'm definitely not a Bourbon St guy anymore, but it was good to see. Decatur was interesting.

I'll likely go again next year. The Baton Rouge group did a fantastic job and I enjoyed the event. LSU was beautiful.

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