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New Orleans Avenue Plaza mini review

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Is the haunted house on property open? It was closed for refurb when I stayed there and I didn't get to go inside.
I finally got a chance to ask about this. They said No, it’s still closed, and probably will be for at least another few years. :)

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Dave, you must be waddling by now with all the good food!

LOL! :p It's been pretty tasty, but I've actually been pretty good. I've been trying to eat till I feel full, and take away the rest for later. I've found (to my surprise) that my taste buds are pretty specific - I do like the fresh seafood items a lot, and seafood things in other things (e.g. crab/lobster/crawfish seafood pasta), but find I can't handle the overly-sweet stuff or anything greasy.

Some meals are better than others, and I've left a few places feeling pretty stuffed. We had dinner last night at Mr. John's restaurant next to Avenue Plaza. Insanely expensive meal, but the food was probably the best fresh fish (Amberjack, if anyone knows that fish) I've ever had. It was cooked to perfection, had a fantastic sauce, and was just exceptional. Add in the appetizer (crab-stuffed shrimp, wrapped in bacon and grilled, served with a spicy aioli drizzle and a sweet chillie sauce) and I waddled out with a very, very big smile. It was a great meal, and no leftovers! :) No complaints all week about the food here.

Tonight we'll end our NoLa visit with a farewell dinner at the Creole House on Canal Street. :thumbup:

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Well, as seems to happen after a week or so at timeshare resorts, it's time to say Farewell. We've thoroughly enjoyed our time in New Orleans, enough to want to return and see more of it. It's been a throughly pleasant experience. The weather has been really good, although a bit (ok, a LOT) hotter and more humid than I'm used to. Food has been just excellent, and I've enjoyed a lot of great things, cooked by people who didn't learn it from a cookbook. (I can still fasten my pants this morning, so I think I came through this mostly unscathed. We'll see what the scale says when I get home. ;) )

I think, rather surprisingly, the most enjoyable part of this week has been the people. I have found them generally to be very pleasant, respectful, and kind. There is a natural grace and goodness about people here that comes through in their treatment of others. Even the panhandlers on the street have been polite.

The only person I came across who seemed to have a generally bad attitude was a woman on the elevator here at Avenue Plaza yesterday. She railed long and loud about the awful housekeeping staff here, who tried to break into her room, and refused to speak English to her when she challenged them - the woman went on and on, displaying a very ugly, uncharitable attitude. When she got off the elevator, the others in the car looked at each other, and somebody said, "Wow! How does she live with all that hatred?" I agreed.

We're packed and ready to check out, but first, one last breakfast down the street at The Trolley Stop. The food there is quite good, no surprises, and very affordable. We've become somewhat of regulars there, enough that the wait staff greets us with a smile and a "Welcome back!" when we walk in. Nice folks. After breakfast, we'll hop a cab and head to the Cruise Ship Terminal to begin Part Two of this three-legged vacation.

Let the good times roll. Yes, indeed. :D

Dave
 
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Dave,

This is one of the best "journals" I've seen posted here. Thanks for taking time to detail your week in N.O. It sounds like you did the things that were at the top of your list, about as much as one can do in a week. As most people find, there's way more to do in N.O. than you can do in a week. You'll be back.

Your photos are spectacular. What kind of camera were you using?

Enjoy your cruise!
 

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Dave,

This is one of the best "journals" I've seen posted here. Thanks for taking time to detail your week in N.O. It sounds like you did the things that were at the top of your list, about as much as one can do in a week. As most people find, there's way more to do in N.O. than you can do in a week. You'll be back.

Your photos are spectacular. What kind of camera were you using?

Enjoy your cruise!
Thanks very much, Jim. I appreciate the kind words!

We deliberately took things slower here, knowing we couldn't do everything. We did just enough planned activities, and did a lot of "on the day" exploring as we felt was worth the effort. We slept good, full nights, only needing to set an alarm two mornings, to meet scheduled activity timeframes. It's been a very restful week.

The pictures I posted came from one of two sources: My Nikon P500 digital camera, (a fixed-lens multi-zoom camera), that takes really nice images, and (believe it or not) my iPhone 6S cell phone camera. I didn't use any editing software, so these images are how they came out of the camera. All the exterior images are from the Nikon. The interior images, the trolley, and bus pictures all came from my cell phone. Glad you enjoyed them. :)

Now, let's see what sort of mischief I can find on a cruise ship... ;)

Dave
 
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Thanks for the updates Dave. I really enjoyed this !!! :thumbup: We are thinking of heading to the same places next year.

Bill
 

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Thanks, Bill. I have a lot of pictures and information I didn’t post, so if you have questions, please ask. :)
 

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Definitely, makes me want to go back and check out some of the things we didn’t get to do.

Enjoy the cruise!!
 

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Okay, I was thinking about calling the concierge at Avenue Plaza about the best/easiest/not-so-expensive place to order an anniversary cake for the in-laws (ideally, one that we could either pick-up within walking/streetcar distance or could be delivered to AP.) Does this make sense to folks? I think the in-laws booked directly with Wyndham, so their names should be on the reservation.
 

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Okay, I was thinking about calling the concierge at Avenue Plaza about the best/easiest/not-so-expensive place to order an anniversary cake for the in-laws (ideally, one that we could either pick-up within walking/streetcar distance or could be delivered to AP.) Does this make sense to folks? I think the in-laws booked directly with Wyndham, so their names should be on the reservation.
I wouldn't try walking with a cake on those sidewalks. Very uneven and extremely "trip hazardy." I'd say to call them and ask what your options are.

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Thanks for the great running journal Dave, and superb pictures. Love the plantation shots and the sunburst at Mardi Gras World.
Thanks Greg! I'll be adding to it and posting a full review after I get home.

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My daughter has taken over the cake arrangements, and I think her first question to any bakery will be, "Can you deliver?" LOL. :D (Somehow, it's more charming coming from a 12 year old buying a cake for her grandparents...)
 
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