The largest city in Louisiana, New Orleans is located along the Mississippi River. Along with being the country’s largest inland port, it is a city of Cajun cuisine, jazz, and Mardi Gras. The population of this city includes the Creoles, French-speaking Cajuns, Italian, German and Irish immigrants as well as the descendants of the slaves. This cultural diversity finds its reflection in this city’s food, music as well as festivals. It has several nicknames – ‘Queen of the South’, ‘The Crescent City’, and ‘The Big Easy’.
New Orleans is the birthplace of Jazz. When you visit this city, there is no need to visit restaurants or bars for listening to live music. There are performers playing all varieties of music at every corner you turn. Live music is not an event, it is a way of life here!
There is either a parade or a festival every week of the year in this city. No, it’s definitely not an exaggeration! When you visit New Orleans during the Jazz Fest or the Mardi Gras, every hour brings a new party. The locals here have a habit of donning masks or some other form of costumes during any celebration. At any festival or parade, you will feel the history, tradition, and community spirit that sets the city of New Orleans apart from the others.
You cannot say you have visited New Orleans if you haven’t seen some of the iconic sights that it is famous for.
French Quarter or the Vieux Carre is the old town center that runs along a crescent-shaped bend on the Mississippi River (hence the nickname ‘the Crescent City’). When you look at some of the buildings here, the French influence is remarkably clear. Some of these building are as old as 300 years. Most of them have red-tiled roofs, wrought iron balconies, arcades, as well as beautiful courtyards with fountains. Apart from being a National Historic Landmark, this neighborhood is the heart and the soul of this city which makes it a must-see attraction. This is the original site where the French established their colony in 1718. While wandering through the narrow cobblestone streets here, you will see that the street names are still in French as this Quarter has held on to its heritage.
Right in the heart of the French Quarter is Jackson Square. This is the main old town square and was formerly known as Place d’Armes. At the center of this square is the statue of General Andrew Jackson on his horse. There are several other attractions around this square. You can visit the St. Louis Cathedral which is regarded as one of New Orleans’ most iconic landmarks. It is a beautiful piece of architecture complete with the cone-shaped spires and the white façade. You also have the option of visiting the Louisiana State Museums, the Cabildo and the Presbytere. One of the best ways to appreciate the beauty of this place is for you to take a walk down the promenade which is aptly named ‘The Moon Walk’. If you are a foodie or a shopaholic, don’t fret; there are a number of restaurants and fast food outlets as well as boutiques just for you. The amount of places that you can see by visiting Jackson Square just once is what makes it a very popular tourist spot.
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