How can one write a one or two paragraph review of some place as densly-packed with fascinating things? Well, I supponse one can't, so here are three highlights:
1. Napoeon House Cafe-- The most beautiful restaurant in the South, without a doubt. Local legend says it was to be the house of the Emperor when he was rescued from exlie, which never came. Wonderfully decayed. Try the pate' and the Pimms Cup.
2. The Gumbo Shop- Don't let all of your fellow tourists deter you. The food here is first class, and cheap. Try the gumbo, of course.
3. Take the walking tour given by the historical society of the churches and graveyards. They met when we were there at the Cafe Beniet near the Monteleone. This is your chance to see all the really fascinating things you might overlook like congo square where slaves would meet on Sundays to dance and trade, Our Lady of Guadelupe Church which is known by some as the voodoo church although officially Roman Catholic and Storyville where, well nevermind.
The sleaze of the French Quarter is really only on a portion of Bourbon Street, so don't be detered from exploring this beautiful place.
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