Travel: Big Easy Bonanza

From kitschy to upscale, antiques are in abundance in New Orleans

For many vacationers and business travelers, New Orleans is the ultimate party town, synonymous with delectably spicy food, wickedly strong mixed drinks served in a "go" cup, and the unique sounds of zydeco tunes and Dixieland jazz. But behind the revelry lies a quieter realm of historic richness and beauty: the city's celebrated antiques district, which features an estimated 300 stores in and around the French Quarter, some just steps away from the teeming restaurants and blaring clubs. Within their glowing interiors, the shops offer silverware, jewelry, furniture, chandeliers and other accessories to suit virtually every taste and budget. As you...

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