Hi, I'm Richard Bienvenu. I was born and raised in New Orleans and consider myself sort of an expert on the city.
NEW ORLEANS. A city like no other. Over the centuries it's been sung about and written about as this mysterious, dream-like place almost magical in its effect on people.
Some have called it the most soulful city they've ever been to.
Are you thinking about taking a trip to this one-of-a-kind place? Well, let me tell you I know what it's like going to a new city...
... especially one that has a reputation for fantastic food, great music, friendly people, fabulous festivals, strange customs, awesome sightseeing and all that like New Orleans does.
Believe me. I know.
I've experienced that so many times in my travels over the years; really, really frustrating.
Sometimes I felt like a total klutz fumbling through all those pages, looking at the ratings, reading the reviews and then scurrying around the city trying to find the place...
... and then it ending up not to be very good and not what I was looking for at all.
Ever had that experience? Yeah, I know, not fun, huh.
With these thick, bulky tour books there's just too many danged choices. And here's the thing about too many choices?
The mind gets confused. And being confused when you're on vacation is no fun.
The brain likes simple.
None are written by natives.
Yep, that's right NONE. They're all told from a visitor's point of view. What the heck is that all about? That's like the blind leading the blind.
The best thing of course is to be escorted around by a native. A native knows where to go, the ins and out, where to take you so you can have an authentic experience of the place.
... and give you an experience of being guided around the city by a native.
Since I can't actually be at your side showing you all these great places in the Crescent City I've created this travel guide for you which is the next best thing.
In fact, this book is now a leading travel guide on Amazon.
There must be a reason it's become so popular.
We like to welcome them with open arms because we want them to have a wonderful time in New Orleans and we want them to come back. We want to share with everyone the marvelous experience of being in the Crescent City.
So you can either cram into your suitcase the thick, boring, clunky...YAWN... tiny print, written-only-by-visitors travel guide which would produce that too-many-choices-brain-meltdown-overload…
…you can settle back with this simple, easy-to-use guide that gives you just what you need to have an authentic, marvelous experience of New Orleans.
So, if you are planning a trip to New Orleans
or even thinking of planning one you would be wise to get this bestseller...
Getting this book is your first step to having a fantastic, fun experience in the Crescent City.
This is not your typical bulky too-chock-full-of-info-that-it-makes-your-head-swim type of travel guide. But an easy to read, easy to scan book that will help make planning your visit to New Orleans a breeze.
"This was an excellent resource for planning my first trip to NOLA. I loved reading about where the locals hangout and having many options to choose from. Thanks for the information and I look forward to putting it all to use in 3 weeks."
--- W. Jane Harvey
"This was my go-to book about being a tourist in New Orleans... It is very informative. I had so many blue post-it flags at the top it looked like it had a hat! I highly recommend this book for traveling to NOLA!
--- Lesa Barnes, Tennessee
"I grew up in New Orleans many years ago but have not been back since. In preparation for my first visit back in many years I picked this book up. Reading this personal Tour guide was like taking a trip down memory lane.
The descriptions and detail were on-target from my memories years ago and were wonderful for me to brush up on what I wanted to make sure I see when I visit. Worth the read."
--- Kaylee C.
New Orleans is one of the most popular and visited cities in the world. This guide is the perfect entry point into your planning for a fantastic visit.
So if you've been dreaming about visiting the Crescent City or even if you've already been here, now is the time to check this out and see what you've been missing.
It's available in Kindle and now in paperback.
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"Written by a native to the city, this book gives you an insider's perspective to the city. So often I find travel books overwhelming, overloading the reader with information."
"This guide cuts straight to the point and gives you a breakdown of what's really worth your time on a visit, and while it's concise, the writing is still engaging and full of personality."
“I was really jazzed (pun intended) about our upcoming trip to New Orleans before downloading the book by Richard Bienvenu (what a great New Orleans name).”
"His love for the city and the folks who live there comes through on every page. His recommendations for going where the locals go are especially helpful. I really look forward to the New Orleans experience so beautifully described in the book."
"I thought this book was excellent."
"I have been to New Orleans a number of times, but this book clearly and concisely told me about activities I had never considered. It is just as advertised, like a good friend giving me advice on what he thinks I should check out."
"It is not designed to be a comprehensive guide, but rather combines a short list of the most popular attractions with the lesser known or local favorites. It helped build my excitement for my upcoming trip!"
Born and raised in New Orleans I was bitten by the travel bug early on. Lived in Mobile, L.A., Spain, and Washington State. I’ve done a lot of traveling in my lifetime, been to Europe, Africa and Asia and know what it’s like to be weighed down with too much information, too many choices and by big thick travel books.
I moved back to New Orleans a few years ago because there is no place I ever visited that had the soul, traditions, food and vibe like here in the Crescent City. This travel guide is my attempt to give visitors a truly soulful experience of this unique city.
NotesOnNewOrleans.net is my blog where I report on all things NOLA.
Maybe you're thinking "c'mon, this book can't be all it's saying it is. And if I wanna find out anything I can just go on the Internet, Google it, hunt around on Yelp and all those other social media places."
Yep, that's true you could probably do all that. And good luck...
But you won't find the experience of a born and bred local who knows the ins and outs and who has had extensive experience at the places I recommend. Not only that but the experiences of a lifetimes of living here through other family members, uncles and aunts, grandparents and great grandparents.
You see, my family has been in New Orleans for generations so we are true natives of the place and have hosted tons of people, friends and family members who have come to visit the city. So we know what works and what doesn't. And of course being locals ourselves, we know what locals like.
And you can bet that the iconic places I recommend in the book, the places that New Orleanians go to regularly, are iconic places for one reason: they've been around for a long time because of their excellence and unique New Orleans vibe and will continue to be here for many, many years to come.
"Terrific Little Book"
Ronn - Amazon Reviewer
I loved this little book precisely because it was not comprehensive. It did not have too much information to weed through. We had never been to New Orleans before.
The author just gave us the flavor of New Orleans from the point of view of a native. The book really helped to thoroughly enjoy our short 3 days without wasting time.
We couldn't do everything but did many of the things he recommended including the wonderful Preservation Hall and Fritzels European Jazz Club.
If you don't do anything else go to these places and enjoy real live Jazz. There is nothing like live.
Right now you are probably in one of two places: You've planned a trip to New Orleans and can't wait to go, can't wait to experience all the unusual, unique, exotic things the city has to offer, can't wait to eat the fantastic food, to hear the mellow music, stroll the streets of the one-and-only French Quarter, take in the beautiful, world-renowned architecture.
or... you always dreamed about visiting the Crescent City and want an excuse to plan a trip. The first thing I would recommend you do is get this book. It will help you dream and will be your first step to actually planning a visit.
Either way this book is for you. It paints a picture of just what it's like to be here and experience the wonderful sights and sounds. Taking a trip to New Orleans is sorta like going to Europe without the price tag, that's how different this city is.
You know...now is probably a good time to get my book because the price is really, really low. I mean embarrassingly low. I mean "hard time killin' floor" low. I mean so low I don't even want to mention it here.
But I'm thinking about on raising it in the near future... so if you're thinking about getting it, why wait? Get it now. Waiting is a waste of time.
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No, you don’t really NEED this travel guide. If you wanna use one of those other big thick books, with too much info written by a non-native than go for it.
If you wanna spend hours researching on Google for the places to eat at, stay at, and see then you’ll probably get some ideas.
But if you want to have a book written by a native who knows the city intimately and can steer you to the best places so you won’t waste your time trying to figure things out, then YES, you really NEED this book.
Absolutely. I include my contact info in the book so you can feel free to send me a message and I will do my best to answer you in a timely manner.
You won’t get that from any of the other NOLA travel guides.
Because New Orleans has a sub-tropical climate it’s great to visit any time of the year. Each season has its own advantages and disadvantages.
Although summer is hot and humid and could prove to be uncomfortable for some people, it is one of the times when we have a lot of festivals.
And since it is the off season hotels tend to be cheaper, and some of the best restaurants tend to have a lot of discount meals. This is all geared to attracting visitors.
Fall and spring are probably the most comfortable times to spend in New Orleans with cool days and nights, pleasant breezes, and perfumey scents of jasmine and the like. But we have hurricane possibilities from late August to the end of September. So keep that in mind.
Winter is nice, with some cold days and sometimes fairly warm days too. The holidays season is a wonderful time, with the French Quarter all decked out in decorations and the restaurants offering special meals of the season.
New Orleans is definitely doable on a budget. There is a place to stay in the French Quarter that I recommend in the guide that’s on a quiet street but close to some of the best places to go for food, music and drinks and for a really great price.
The basics of the guide are all easy to get to using the streetcar, so not only would you not have to have a car to get around, but you wouldn’t even need a taxi. Of course, there is Uber and Lyftt for those times you want to be escorted.
We even have pedicabs now if you don’t want to walk too far.
You can even go to some of the best, most iconic restaurants I recommend if you are on a budget by going to them at lunch time. Same meals for a cheaper price.
Some of my sightseeing recommendations are even free.
Mardi Gras is definitely one of the best times to come because you will see things you’ve never seen before, and probably do things you’ve never done before.
I’m not talking about debauchery or anything like that. It’s just a really fun time to be here, and you don’t have to drink and carouse to enjoy it. In fact, it’s better if you don’t.
The challenge is to find hotel rooms, so you would have to plan way in advance, and then there are the crowds to deal with and all the people flooding into the city at that time.
The Friday and Saturday before Mardi Gras are perhaps the wildest times in the Quarter. Mardi Gras day you’ll see some amazing costumes.
That whole weekend there are really beautiful, amazing parades throughout the city where tens of thousands of people line the streets to catch beads and doubloons and such.
Everyone gets involved during the Carnival season: old people, young people, kids and families all participate and have fun. In fact, one of the best things about it is bringing the kids.
But if you are coming to New Orleans to have a relaxing time don't come at Mardi Gras.
Contrary what the media and others would have you believe New Orleans is a very kid-friendly place, the only iffy place in all of New Orleans is Bourbon Street in the Quarter, but that is really only at night.
You can even bring the kids to Mardi Gras and they would have a safe and fantastic time. All of the carnival parades happen for the most part outside of the Quarter. Most of the parades travel down St. Charles Avenue to the central business district (CBD). The avenue is lined with parade-goers a large percentage of them being families with kids of all ages.
New Orleans is famous for its world class Audubon zoo, aquarium, insectarium, the World War II Museum and other fascinating museums, sightseeing, restaurants, historical sights and great music, unusual customs and traditions the kiddies would enjoy.
The French Quarter is a living museum and a real neighborhood. The whole city is very European in flavor, in fact visiting New Orleans is almost like taking a trip to Europe without the hassle, expense and language challenges.
Of course, if you want romance with your loved one, or just want a nice, relaxing, easy-going trip, then… leave the kids at home.
Your Own Personal New Orleans Tour is the only New Orleans travel guide you'll need to make sure you have a fabulous time in the Crescent City.
You won't have to worry if you'll see everything you need to see or do everything you need to do on your trip. It's all very simple and laid out for you, all you have to do is pick and choose among the best.
With this travel guide in hand you'll easily be able to create your own personal New Orleans tour, and get a taste of the magic that makes the Crescent City
truly unique among the world's great cities.
P.S. Your NOLA travel guide comes in two formats:
-- Kindle which you can put on your Kindle device or any smartphone...
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