New Orleans

New Orleans

New Orleans is the largest city in Louisiana. It is well known as a cosmopolitan city of great culture, history, character, and for the splendors of its vibrant Mardi Gras celebrations. The city is famous for its Creole and Cajun cuisine, its diversity, many historic monuments, world class jazz music, and an indefinable atmosphere that is distinctly ‘New Orleans’.

Many people visit the city for its excellent nightlife, popular restaurants and bars, museums and landmarks, music festivals, and the centuries’ old tradition of the New Orleans Mardi Gras. During New Orleans Mardi Gras elaborately costumed ‘krewes’ parade through the streets on foot or on huge floats, throwing trinkets and beads to throngs of people gathered for the event. Mardi Gras is celebrated in many places across the world and New Orleans is one of the best places to experience it.

There are sights and scenes that should not be missed when visiting New Orleans. These include the French Quarter with its long established restaurants, bars, shops, and interesting architecture. The French Quarter or Vieux Carré is a memorable starting point for any visit to this sophisticated city. It is New Orleans’ oldest neighborhood and is characterized by cast iron balconies, enclosed patios and elegant courtyards, a laid-back atmosphere, the tunes of talented street musicians, and the long established French Market.

The French Market today is home to a farmer’s market, a craft market, many shops and vendors, and is a popular attraction for tourists. This marketplace, founded over two hundred years ago, was once a lively bazaar with vendors from all corners of the globe resounding with a multitude of languages. Today the market remains central to the rich New Orleans’s food culture and continues to reflect the diversity of the city. A plethora of vendors and dining establishments can be found there and many food, music, and heritage festivals are hosted at the French Market throughout the year.

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