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    Question NEW ORLEANS MEET-UP: Nov. 11-13, 2011. Bourbon French, Hové, Saks, & Avery Fine Perfumery

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    (THIS SECTION IS REGULARLY UPDATED AS PLANS UNFOLD)
    Latest update: Nov. 7

    FRIDAY AFTERNOON/EVE
    4:00 -- Meet at Avery Fine Perfumery for wine and champagne. Our hometown hostess is Shannon Drake. Her SA, Barbara Herman, will also be available. Barbara is writing a book on fragrance.
    6:30-ish -- Eat, drink and be very merry. See map for many choices where you may prefer to dine and make your own reservations -- or -- join us in a walk to the Napoleon House. The Napoleon House does not take reservations, but I was told that if we break into smaller groups, we can be accommodated. A bar is available to make any wait time more tolerable.


    SATURDAY
    9:00-ish -- Meet for coffee and beignets at Cafe Du Monde. We should have plenty of time to visit with each other and stroll our way through the French Quarter. Note: If you're an early riser, you may want to get a more substantial breakfast before meeting at Cafe Du Monde, which serves only sweets and beverages.
    NOTE: L’Occitane is located within the the Shops at Canal Place (the mall anchored around Saks). There should be ample time for you to visit if you like. L’Occitane has just released Immortelle de Corse. See shop #117 on store map below.
    11 a.m. -- Attend champagne reception at Saks Fifth Avenue. Marie Joyce is the cosmetics manager. Note: If you don't want to carry your purchases around the rest of the day, you could ask that they be shipped to your home.
    There is no officially scheduled lunch, but we may grab a bite between stops if we need more fuel between reception parties.
    1:30-ish -- Visit Bourbon French Parfums owned by Mary Eleftorea Behlar. Ready for dessert? Our hostess is planning a courtyard dessert bar for us.
    4:30 p.m. -- Attend Hové Parfumeur wine-n-cheese party in the courtyard behind their new shop. Amy Wendel is our host.
    Evening -- Unstructured time. See suggestions toward the end of this thread about music clubs and bars.
    (Some of us old codgers may just stumble off to bed clutching our shop bags.)

    SUNDAY
    No formal plans, but you might opt for meeting with some fellow attendees for brunch. Three locations have been tagged on our Google trip map: The Court of Two Sisters Jazz Brunch, The Veranda (in the Hotel Inter-continental) Champagne Jazz Brunch, and The Green Goddess.

    A reminder: There are no fees for anything, but our hosts are being generous with food, wine and gift bags, so please plan on reciprocating their kindness by making at least a token purchase. If you're planning to make any fragrance purchases in the near future, maybe you can hold off and make them souvenir purchases.

    Reminder deux: It'd be handy to use cash for Friday night's group nosh.

    Click here or on aerial map to view active Google trip map.





    Attendees list as of Oct. 3:
    1) Quarry & Mr. Quarry (arrive 3:15 p.m. Fri., depart 1:45 p.m. Sun., stay@Royal Barracks)
    2) Lilybelle & Mr. Belle
    (stay@Hilton Garden Inn)
    3) Knit at nite (arrive Thurs., depart Mon., stay@Wyndam Plaza)
    4) Chloepuff & Mr. Puff (stay@Banana Courtyard)
    5) matildaben (arrive Thurs. p.m., stay@Banana Courtyard)
    6) rtamara (arrive 3 p.m. Fri., depart Mon. a.m., stay@Royal Barracks)
    7) MikePerez (arrive Fri., depart Mon.)
    8) Mr. & Mrs. FrouFrou (arriving Fri.)
    9) C Rose
    10) cocogirl (near NOLA)
    11) semisweet411 (NOLA local)
    12) hotscents (NOLA local)
    13) Lionheart (NOLA local)
    14) cud828 (NOLA local)
    15) mbenard & friend
    16) Nicole (NOLA local and Quarry's daughter's great friend)


    Since none of these folks has confirmed as of Nov. 7, I cannot promise you will receive gift bags if you show up:
    ~ awesomeness
    ~ kccparis
    ~ TerryM
    ~ JacquesD (NOLA local)
    • If you want to join us, please post a note at the end of this thread, and I'll add your screen name to the list above.
    • If you have any thoughts or questions, please glance through the pages of this thread to see if your concern has been addressed and, if not, then post your comment at the end.
    • If you're really confused, you could email me at [email protected] (addy also worth noting in case Basenotes gets hacked again).
    • If you're an attendee of this event, program your cell my cell #:
    (262) 894-1188.


    To see what to expect, check out these stories and photos from previous events:



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    Default Re: 2011 Meet-Up: Would you like to join us in New Orleans in autumn? Let's talk!

    I'd love to go in late October/early November.

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    Default Re: 2011 Meet-Up: Would you like to join us in New Orleans in autumn? Let's talk!

    Late Oct, early Nov sounds ideal. Perhaps around the Veteran's Day Holiday. I visited early October some years ago and it was still terribly hot and sticky then. Cooler is better for sipping cafe and eating beignets at Cafe du Monde
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    Oh, yes. Oh, yes, yes, yes! If I can swing it, I would love to.
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    Default Re: 2011 Meet-Up: Would you like to join us in New Orleans in autumn? Let's talk!

    Yes, of course I'd be thrilled to help any way I can - thanks for mentioning it, Quarry! And although I can't make a commitment any time soon (I have several potential conflicts both in the spring and fall of next year) I'll do everything I can to join y'all - I love to show New Orleans off, and I don't mind telling you that I make a fantastic tour guide!

    For now, I will advise you to look into the Saints schedule as soon as you settle on a time-frame, as the hotel rates tend to skyrocket when they're home (and the lines for Café du Monde are very, very long.) Also, if driving, park your car and leave it in the garage. There's no need to drive anywhere you'd likely be going; cabs are abundant and for 1.25 the streetcars will take you just about anywhere you'd want to go (assuming everyone would be sticking to the Quarter, the Garden District and Uptown.)

    It's still early so that's all for now, but I'll be sure to let you know as I think of anything else!

    Fun!!
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    Default Re: 2011 Meet-Up: Would you like to join us in New Orleans in autumn? Let's talk!

    Keep me posted. I'm a 6-hr drive from the Big Easy and have not visited since Katrina. It is such a special place! Would love to go!

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    Default Re: 2011 Meet-Up: Would you like to join us in New Orleans in autumn? Let's talk!

    Quote Originally Posted by Evangeline View Post
    For now, I will advise you to look into the Saints schedule as soon as you settle on a time-frame, as the hotel rates tend to skyrocket when they're home (and the lines for Café du Monde are very, very long.)
    Ohhhhhhh yyyyeeesssssss! Single most important piece of advice. Thank you.
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    Put me down as a maybe-probably. It's an easy trip from here, if my schedule allows.

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    Default Re: 2011 Meet-Up: Would you like to join us in New Orleans in autumn? Let's talk!

    Oh, yes. Please keep me posted. Would love to do this if I can swing it in my calendar.

    The Saints schedule is one great piece of advice. The next thing to consider is hurricane season, which September is considered part of. Early October can still be hot, sticky & humid, and hurricane season is not quite over (at least to the south). I've been there in early November and it is mild and wonderful. Later than early November, can be gray & rainy ... or not. I lived on the North Florida coast, so I know the rhythm of the Gulf. Maybe helpful to confer with locals in NOLA.

    Someone mentioned early November, late October ... concur as a best bet.

    Thank you!!!
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    Default Re: 2011 Meet-Up: Would you like to join us in New Orleans in autumn? Let's talk!

    Ooooh, I would love to come! I'm going to have to see if that's possible.

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    Default Re: 2011 Meet-Up: Would you like to join us in New Orleans in autumn? Let's talk!

    I would really love to come, even though it is a long plane ride for me. I'll be coming from the other end of the country!! But I am seriously planning for it, and will keep you posted.

    How great will it be to meet you all!

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    Default Re: 2011 Meet-Up: Would you like to join us in New Orleans in autumn? Let's talk!

    I hope everyone who wishes to can make it.
    One of our friends works downtown on Poydras Street, so we have local "eyes and feet on the ground" if we need exacting, late-breaking info.
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    Default Re: 2011 Meet-Up: Would you like to join us in New Orleans in autumn? Let's talk!

    Oh, darn, I just learned that we're going to be missing BuffyFEST.
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    Oh, man, I'd love to make it! I've never been to New Orleans, actually, and have been really jonesing to see it esp since the Treme series on HBO.
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    I am possibly interested in this. Hubby and I have been wanting to pay a visit here, so we could possibly coordinate a vacation with the BN meet-up.

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    Default Re: 2011 Meet-Up: Would you like to join us in New Orleans in autumn? Let's talk!

    Quote Originally Posted by Strollyourlobster View Post
    Oh, man, I'd love to make it! I've never been to New Orleans, actually, and have been really jonesing to see it esp since the Treme series on HBO.
    I just looked up a trailer for Treme. Didn't know about the show. Will now find a way to see the series. If I hadn't visited NOLA, my perspective would be 180° different from what it is.

    For those wondering about the physical state of affairs: The downtown, which includes the French Quarter, shows few scars from Katrina. It is only select, low-lying neighborhoods that suffered the flooding and which are either in a state of rehabilitation or abandonment. The area as a whole will benefit from the investment of your tourist dollar, and there's so much more to see in NOLA than in many cities you can visit. Anyone with the slightest appreciation for architecture has to love the districts, which reflect Spanish and French and English occupation. The French Quarter contains the Cabildo museum, a real jewel. You can easily walk the French Quarter and hop the tourist-friendly streetcars to see the Garden District, etc., or take a steamboat perspective on the city. (Gees, is this a cheesehead talking?)
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    And the good eats.

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    Default Re: 2011 Meet-Up: Would you like to join us in New Orleans in autumn? Let's talk!

    Quote Originally Posted by lilybelle View Post
    And the good eats.
    most definately!
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    Hubby and I just got back from a week in NOLA. We went for our 25th anniversary and had the best time. We stumbled across Hove and I dragged him in for some sniffing. I didn't leave with anything though. The atmosphere of the store was wonderful, just what I would expect from an indie shop in the French Quarter. If I can manage, I'd love to come. I'm still craving those beignets.
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    I hope everyone who has expressed interest here will be able to make it.

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    I have no idea what I'll be doing in the fall, but if I can I would enjoy another trip to New Orleans. Last time I was there was August of 2001, selling masks, and you can probably tell what happened to that venture. I love the Quarter and spent quite a bit of time there as Maskarade, the sister store to the Bourbon French Perfumes store used to sell my masks. I am not masking any longer, but still love New Orleans (and saw my first "real ghost" ... someone in a place they shouldn't/couldn't have been who disappeared much quicker than they could have, etc.) there.

    So... hopefully!

    The "catch" would be if my sweetie decides he wants to take advantage of his ticket to Hong Kong in November... he had to purchase a round-trip ticket to use some miles and just needed the trip back... (what circles airlines make us run in!)... he says I would love the place and... putting two and two together, if he wants to go to HK then I won't be able to get the time off or afford to do both. (nice potential problem to have though I guess!)
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    Default Re: 2011 Meet-Up: Would you like to join us in New Orleans in autumn? Let's talk!

    Quarry, not to pick a fight, but I think your use of "select, low-lying neighborhoods" is misleading, even inaccurate. About 80% of the city of New Orleans was flooded as a result of the hurricane and levee failures. Different neighborhoods have "recovered" to various degrees, but they are certainly changed. (Feel free to chime in, any locals... Not to mention I haven't been down in a couple of years.) In some neighborhoods, the exteriors of most houses remained, but their interiors had to be completely removed because of mold. So the destruction/extent of rehabilitation isn't always apparent to the casual passerby. That said, I don't think that should prevent anyone from going to NOLA! I will agree that the city does need tourist dollars and is a fascinating place to visit!

    "It is only select, low-lying neighborhoods that suffered the flooding and which are either in a state of rehabilitation or abandonment. The area as a whole will benefit from the investment of your tourist dollar,"

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    Default Re: 2011 Meet-Up: Would you like to join us in New Orleans in autumn? Let's talk!

    Not a problem, flemishpainter. I'm just trying to impress upon potential visitors that the downtown doesn't look like ruins, and the French Quarter, in particular, suffered little as compared to many residential areas.

    Some districts did suffer more than others. One of our friends' homes was flooded, and they just walked away from it. The house where my daughter used to live was virtually unscathed, but the street signs got blown away, and it took a long time before they were replaced, which made it next to impossible for visitors to navigate around the whole region.
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    Default Re: 2011 Meet-Up: Would you like to join us in New Orleans in autumn? Let's talk!

    You're right Quarry - for the purposes of this gathering, the physical damage caused by Katrina to the greater New Orleans area won't be an issue. You'd have to be actively looking for evidence of it in the Quarter and in and around most of the Garden District to notice it at all. My parents are in the Garden District and their house, like most in their neighborhood, sustained no damage whatsoever - Tony and I are in an apartment in the FQ that was also completely unscathed. Aside from some fallen limbs and maybe a few broken windows, most of the areas y'all will be visiting didn't see any flooding.

    I didn't know your daughter lived in N.O. Q! I take it she's not here anymore - where was she?
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    Default Re: 2011 Meet-Up: Would you like to join us in New Orleans in autumn? Let's talk!

    For a year our daughter lived in Kenner. After a five-year stint at Disney World, she followed a couple of her fellow Disney cast members back to their hometown and rented a room from her friend's mom. I think her other friend's family lived in Chalmette, and they're the ones who simply had to walk away and start a new life Picayune, Miss.

    I'm glad you and your family weren't impacted, E.
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    Default Re: 2011 Meet-Up: Would you like to join us in New Orleans in autumn? Let's talk!

    Thanks Quarry, and we thank our lucky stars that we didn't suffer any physical damage, but of course we were all absolutely devastated, nonetheless (I know what you mean, though - no worries!) And we have several friends who did lose almost everything, so I don't take our good fortune for granted.

    Anyway, it takes a lot to recover from a tragedy of this scope, but it's absolutely already happening, and soon New Orleans will be better than ever (...and to that end, y'all should definitely bring, and leave of course, lots and lots of money - hee!)
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    Default Re: 2011 Meet-Up: Would you like to join us in New Orleans in autumn? Let's talk!

    Quote Originally Posted by Evangeline View Post
    Thanks Quarry, and we thank our lucky stars that we didn't suffer any physical damage, but of course we were all absolutely devastated, nonetheless (I know what you mean, though - no worries!) And we have several friends who did lose almost everything, so I don't take our good fortune for granted.
    Yes, of course. I'm sure you were terrorized and grieved by everything that happened. Overly simplistic wording on my part. The oil spill was just a maddening addition, too.
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    I have family in Metairie and La Place who were evacuated for a while, but their houses were ok, just a little roof damage to one, and no flooding. Even so, after electric power was restored and they were able to return it was rough living for a while...few if any stores or gasoline stations were open. What stores were open were patroled by National Guard, only a few people let in to shop at a time. At least, that's what they told me. My aunt who lived in La Place, however, has relocated to Tennessee. I have a cousin in Picayune, Mississippi (I have cousins all over Mississippi, actually). Some of my relatives on the Gulf Coast in Mississippi had to walk away from their homes. One family relocated to Alabama and I don't think they plan to go back to the MS gulf coast - they were totally wiped out. Others decided to stay. I haven't been down there since 2003 when I took DH to a family reunion in Biloxi. He's a yankee boy and he LOVES LA/MS. The place where we had the reunion was washed away, but I think they've rebuilt. I'm looking forward to our trip down to NO this fall. I want to combine it with a side trip to the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Those are some tough, resiliant people! God bless them.

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    Default Re: 2011 Meet-Up: Would you like to join us in New Orleans in autumn? Let's talk!

    I just found out that I will be attending a wedding on 11/12/2011, so this weekend will be closed for me in terms of smelly festivities. Are we still thinking about end of October/early November?

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    Default Re: 2011 Meet-Up: Would you like to join us in New Orleans in autumn? Let's talk!

    Yes, we're still looking at that approximate time period, Warum. A lot hinges on the Saints' schedule (football players, not actual canonized folks). Thanks for info about the wedding you'll be attending. We'll try to work around that. Shooting for maximum participation.
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