NolaVie Presents : French Quarter

Through the lens: Southern Decadence

Southern Decadence 2014, New Orleans (Photos: Claire Bangser)

Southern Decadence, the largest gay event in New Orleans, took to the streets over Labor Day weekend with a theme of "Under the Big Top -- The Gayest Show on Earth." The street party ran round the clock. Here's ... Read More »

Too many dishes, too little time: Try a NOLA food tour

Foodie tourists take a tasting trek through the city. (Photo by Lynne Wasserman)

  Let's say you're a tourist who has come to New Orleans to listen to music, eat, shop, eat, explore the Quarter, and eat. You have only three days, but you've gotten at least 50 restaurant recommendations from ... Read More »

Viewpoint: In defense of tourism

French Quarter souvenir shops: One owner argues they serve an important purpose.

For three decades, my family and our shops in the French Quarter have survived recessions, natural disasters, crime waves, and Hurricane Katrina. But we may not survive the current assault on retailers that happen to sell T-shirts, gifts, and souvenirs in the French Quarter. Read More »

Instajournal: Play that funky music


On Jan. 17, there will be a public meeting at City Hall at noon on the City Council's proposed new noise ordinance, also known as ‘The Seven Essentials Plan." If  passed, it will lower the legal limit for public ... Read More »

Will locals ride the big red bus?

Balcony-eye views from up top

At this time of year, the city's big red buses are cruising the streets in holiday finery by day -- and by night. A new Holiday Lights tour includes stops at the Angelhair lobby and Fulton Mall. For the occasion, we're reposting our story about the hop-on hop-off buses when they first came to town a year ago. Read More »

Instajournal: Delirium on Decatur Street

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Mild November weather. Streaks of blue here and there. Nice Saturday morning to stroll the French Quarter, before the clouds roll in. Or so you thought. Until ... What's this? The PEOPLE. The line strings along Decatur, from ... Read More »

Geezer's Journal: Reinventing the self, if not the wheel

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The Ides of August, 2010. First days in New Orleans, having moved precipitously from New York City to take a one-year job teaching at the University of New Orleans. Unloading my small Ford Focus, crammed to the hilt. ... Read More »

Not all ghost stories are scary


Growing up, ghost stories were just another name for scary stories that were either told around a campfire or on Halloween. Then I moved to New Orleans. The presences, or at least suggestions, of ghosts were everywhere. The ... Read More »

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