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Pocket Guide New Orleans

Before you go

Corner of Rue St. Anne and Rue de Chartres

Read: Published after John Kennedy Toole’s suicide, A Confederacy of Dunces follows its slovenly protagonist Ignatius J. Reilly as he delves deeper into New Orleans’s French Quarter.

Watch: From the writer of “The Wire”, TV series “Treme” chronicles a group of New Orleanians in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Listen: New Orleans is the birthplace of jazz and anyone wanting to get a taste of what’s to come would certainly benefit from some Louis Armstrong and King Oliver.

When you’re there

Eat: Café du Monde is New Orleans’s most famous eatery. It has been serving its sugar-stacked beignets and chicory coffee since 1862.

Drink: The Carousel Bar, in the Hotel Monteleone, is made to look like a fairground ride (and was a regular haunt of Ernest Hemingway).

Sleep: The Old No. 77 is one of the trendiest hotels in the city. All bare bricks and exposed floorboards. It’s just moments away from the French Quarter, too.

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PHD allow you to design your own Jacket!

PHD the specialist outdoor clothing and equipment company have created a unique section to their site which lets you design your own jacket.

This feature is nothing new with there being a custom sleeping bag site already. When designing the jacket you can decide the size of the arm length, body length and body width in sizes from XS to XXL. As well as the sizes you can select colour, fabric, the type of filling. Different combinations, result in different prices. In total there could be as many as 48,000 permutations when designing.

A great idea especially if your in between sizes. Check it out at

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Craghoppers Vouchercode – 10% off

Yes, another great little offer on at the moment with 10% off first orders at Craghoppers. We’ve recently had the pleasure of reviewing Craghoppers gear and if your planning on travelling soon this is a great time to grab a little discount.

All you need to do is follow the link below and enter the code CE04 when ordering. The offer ends 14/04/2011 so there’s plenty of time to find a product for you. However with any orders before Monday 21st 2011 at midnight you’ll also get FREE standard UK P&P, so just over 24 hours on that offer! – Voucher code CE04

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A little bit more about The North Face

The North Face
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One of the most popular outdoors brands throughout the world is The North Face. The brand was born in 1996 in San Francisco by Douglas Tompkins and Kenneth “Hap” Klopp. The name came from the fact that the The North Face of mountains in the northern hemisphere are generally harder to climb.

Over the past 40 years the company has grown in size, product ranges and share of the market. It’s sister company JanSport combined with the The North Face cover nearly half the sales of small backpacks sold in the US.

Their range of products is huge from jackets, trousers, t-shirts, hats, walking boots, trail boots, baselayers, back packs, daysacks, tents sleeping bags the lists goes on and on. The North Face also have sponsorship deals with several athletes including Karina Hollekim, Simone Moro, Hervé Barmasse, Eneko & Iker Pou to name a few and sponsor events such a the The North Face Ski Challenge Speaker Series, Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (starts August ther 27th) and Summit Series Road Trip.

So if your looking to buy any outdoors gear in the next few weeks ensure you look out for The North Face, your guaranteed to get a quality product.