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New Orleans Jazz Fest: Beyond The Music

The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is fast approaching. For two amazing long weekends starting Friday, April 28th, the city will be filled with even more music than usual. With a lineup that includes Stevie Wonder, Patti LaBelle, Snoop Dog, Hugh Masakela, Beausoleil, Corinne bailey Ray, and dozens of local and international artists, not to mention the food and three different craft markets, Jazz Fest offers a world of experiences.


You may want to find the time to venture beyond the festival grounds and explore New Orleans a little more up close and personal. That's where we come in with our definitive insider's guide to the far corners of this fascinating and vibrant city: 111 Places in New Orleans That You Must Not Miss. (And it just happens to be on serious discount right now on

Co-Authors Michael Murphy and Sally Asher take us to the city's funky, artsy, and tasty locales. The Tattoo Museum is a place to see some of the best skin art in the world, and even get a tattoo yourself, or maybe just a t-shirt.

Dancing at Jazz Fest is great exercise, but if you want to work your upper body, try kayaking on the Bayou. You can rent a kayak or go on a group tour, some of which allow you to bring your own booze. Commune with great blue herons, pelicans, and, yes, alligators too. So try not to capsize.

Get out and try the best breakfast in New Orleans! That would be at Elizabeth's Restaurant, "Good Food Done Real Good." You'll have to try the praline bacon, "prepared by baking chopped pecans, brown sugar, pork fat, and sliced bacon." They've done the inconceivable and made bacon even better.

These are just three of the enticing places in 111 Places In New Orleans That You Must Not Miss. The others are equally remarkable, and there is something in the book to appeal to everyone's interests. So order your copy for Jazz Fest or just for the fun of it, and laissez les bons temps roullez!

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