New Orleans

Famed for its jazz, its architecture and its food, New Orleans is a vibrant city ringing with music from every quarter.

French Quarter is the original settlement of New Orleans, called Vieux Carré, and is the oldest neighbourhood in the city.  The district as a whole, bound by Canal Street, Decatur Street, Esplanade Avenue and Rampart Street, is a National Historic Landmark. Much of what makes New Orleans such a unique city is encapsulated in the atmosphere of the French Quarter.

So much of what makes New Orleans unique is captured in the melting pot atmosphere of the French Quarter.  The famous Bourbon Street is a 13-block of pure entertainment; bars, restaurants and live music venues; Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop is the oldest building in the USA with a bar! A great historic landmark where you can take a break, have a drink, and listen to the local crooners.

Royal and Frenchmen streets, which are adjacent to Bourbon Street, are just as beautiful and nearly every bar and restaurant has its own live band. You can walk along any street of the French Quarter and you will hear music coming from the doorways of many a bar and restaurant.

The French Market is full of New Orleans charm and is a great place to wander and perfect for picking up your souvenirs. There are also some amazing restaurants here too, including the renowned Brennan’s.

New Orleans is no doubt the foodie capital of Louisiana with a splendid mixture of fine dining to alligator sausages sticks at a street vendor. You can also discover the famous spirits of New Orleans on a cocktail walking tour of the French Quarter.

The world-famous Mardi Gras is an enormous festival of colour when the city erupts with music, masked balls and parades. The costumes are absolutely fantastic, outrageous in their imagination and flair. Each float is prepared by a Krewe; a group of up to 300 people who have planned their display for over a year. No copies are allowed and each costume is created from scratch. Each year the carnival has a different theme which has to be strictly followed by the Krewes.

If you can’t get to a Mardi Gras parade there is Mardi Gras World open all year in New Orleans.

The Voodoo Museum is well worth a visit too; voodoo has been a significant part of New Orleans culture since its earliest days in the 1700s.  Explore inside the museum or participate in a haunted cemetery walking tour though downtown.

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