New Orleans, LA
New Orleans is the birthplace of jazz, is the home of the Mardi Gras, of the parades and street parties and also the live performances. NOLA is so enchanting that I’m already planning another getaway to the Big Easy. Please check below some of the many reasons to visit this Louisiana city that beautifully embraces and reflects the diversity of French, Spanish, African and American cultures like no other.
"Whatever it is that you are looking for, you will find it here. From burlesque clubs, DJ’s, bars, pubs and artists performing on every corner to amazing restaurants."
French Quarter: Art galleries, restaurants, bars, museums, you name it. New Orleans’ oldest neighborhood is certain to please all tastes. Crowded with tourists year-round, it’s the local residents who steal the show here. Jackson Square, French Market, Voodoo Museum and the St Louis Cathedral are just a few attractions worth visiting. Picture worthy architecture throughout!
Bourbon Street: This is the most popular and famous street in NOLA. Whatever it is that you are looking for, you will find it here. From burlesque clubs, DJ’s, bars, pubs and artists performing on every corner to amazing restaurants. Lots of people drinking and dancing on the streets. I’ve experienced the best live jazz concert ever at Musical Legends Park – the birthplace of jazz.
Frenchman Art Market: A great find during our visit. Check this place for crafts, paintings, jewelry and many more unique pieces made from local NOLA artists. It is the new place to be in New Orleans.
Streetcars: Exploring New Orleans by streetcar is a fun way to see the city! There are 3 different lines: St. Charles, Canal Street, and the Riverfront, each of them starts in downtown but moves into different parts of NOLA. Price is $3 for a day pass.
Riverwalk: Experience the Mississipi river by going on a riverboat tour or simply watch the cruise ships and cargo vessels navigate the calm waters from the walkway. Hey shoppers, there is an outlet mall located right in front of the river. Also check the Spanish Plaza, which was a gift from Spain. It features a large fountain with tile mosaics representing Spain’s provinces.
Harrah’s Casino: Located in downtown New Orleans just across the street from the Riverfront Marketplace, it offers over 1,800 slot machines, 113 table games and 20 poker tables with weekly tournaments. Also part of the World Series of Poker championship.
Mardi Gras: The celebration of Mardi Gras came to the US from Paris, where it had been celebrated since the Middle Ages. Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday is the last day of the Carnival season as it always falls the day before Ash Wednesday. Visitors from all over the world flood the streets of New Orleans on the extended weekend before Mardi Gras (Feb 24 through 28) to experience the most popular parades.
Eats & Drinks to Try:
Beignets: Fresh fried dough topped with confectioners' sugar = French yummy doughnut. Hurricane: Sweet drink made of rum and fruit juices.
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