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Here, in this little corner of the American South, where European traditions blend with Caribbean influences, the history is as colorful as the local architecture; the food is the stuff of legend. Haitian and African Creoles developed an exotic, spicy cuisine and were instrumental in creating jazz and Zydeco.
New Orleans, with its richly mottled old buildings, its sly, sophisticated – sometimes almost disreputable – air, and its Hispanic-Gallic traditions, has more the flavor of an old European capital than an American city. Our street names are French and Spanish, and our Creole architecture comes in a carnival of tropical colors.
European influence is also seen in the city’s famous above-ground cemeteries. The practice of interring people in large, richly adorned aboveground tombs dates from the period when New Orleans was under Spanish rule.
The night never has to end in New Orleans since bars and clubs are not required to close. In fact, many say the city is at its best under the glow of a French Quarter street lamp. But to suggest the party starts and ends on Bourbon Street sells the rest of the city short. New Orleans has many distinct neighborhoods that offer nightlife options from incredible live music on Frenchmen Street to intimate cocktails just a neighborhood away. New Orleans does have a bit of a reputation as a drinking town, but even that reputation has a rich history, and naturally has its own tour.
For a real music experience, Frenchmen Street is an entertainment district located within walking distance of the French Quarter. It offers an amazing variety of venue styles and music ranging from traditional jazz to blues to reggae to rock all week long. Many clubs along the strip don’t even charge a cover! But in true New Orleans fashion, do throw a few bucks in the tip jar to show your appreciation, especially if you take a picture. This is true for any of the many street performers as well.
Brass bands are commonly found on the corner of Chartres and Frenchmen, and before you know it, you’ll be dancing in the streets like a local.
No place loves its food quite as sincerely – or as indulgently – as New Orleans. Some people eat to live, but New Orleanians live to eat. What do we talk about at lunch? Dinner of course.
There is art here for everyone. With over 100 galleries, serious buyers, as well as the curious, can find something of interest in New Orleans galleries. Check out Royal Street in the French Quarter and Julia Street in Central Business District (CBD).
The world-class museums in New Orleans include the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA), the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and the National World War II Museum. For historians, for surviving veterans of the war and their families, for anyone with a sense of pride in this momentous period of our lives, a visit to this remarkable memorial to WWII veterans is an absolute MUST SEE