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St Louis Cathedral. Photo Jorg Hackemann
St Louis Cathedral. Photo Jorg Hackemann
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Superdome. Photo Aneesee/Shutterstock
Paddle Steamer. Photo Lucarelli Temistocle
Paddle Steamer. Photo Lucarelli Temistocle
New Orleans Fountain. Rirf Stock/Shutterstock
New Orleans Fountain. Rirf Stock/Shutterstock
New Orleans Tram. Jorg Hackemann/Shutter
New Orleans Tram. Jorg Hackemann/Shutter
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French Quarter. Jorg Hackemann/Shutterstock
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Horse drawn cart. Chuck Wagner/Shutterstock

New Orleans. Louisiana

New Orleans founded in 1718 is the largest city in the US State of Louisiana and named after the French Duke of Orleans. The city has a European influence as can be seen by the French and Spanish Creole architecture found throughout the city. In 2005 New Orleans gained world notoriety for being the worst city affected by the destructive power of Hurricane Katrina flooding the city.

On a positive note, with centuries of history and multicultural heritage, New Orleans has become famous for its cuisine and festivals some of which like the Mardi Gras date back to French colonial times. The city is officially recognised as being the birthplace of Jazz music in the early 1910’s with hundreds of famous musicians like Louis Armstrong, Randy Newman and Lloyd just to mention a few originating from New Orleans.

Bourbon Street in the French Quarter neighbourhood is a great starting place especially for its nightlife and amazing food. The French Quarter features Jackson Square and many historic buildings most of which date back to the 18th century and you can find musicians performing in the street and horse drawn carriages as its well known for being a tourist hot spot. Another great spot is Frenchmen Street in the Faubourg Marigny neighbourhood.

For sightseeing a Streetcar along St Charles Street Avenue, the St Louis Cathedral, Audubon Park, Historic Longue Vue House, Royal Street and the Garden District are all well worth the effort. For museums the best ones to ‘see include the National World War II Museum, New Orleans Museum of Art, and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.

As for musical and artistic performances they can be found right throughout New Orleans but some of the best spots include Tipitina’s, Saenger Theatre, Prytania Theatre and the Shodowbox Theatre.

The city is home to numerous carnivals and celebrations with the New Orleans Mardi Gra in early January, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival last week of April and Southern Decadence festival held annually on US Labor Day being the best ones to attend.

For more holiday information on New Orleans you may also want to visit the official tourism site of the City of New Orleans.

Storm over New Orleans, Louisiana. Pisaphotography/Shutterstock
Storm over New Orleans, Louisiana. Pisaphotography/Shutterstock
Jazz band in New Orleans, Louisiana USA. Simply Photos/Shutterstock
Jazz band in New Orleans, Louisiana USA. Simply Photos/Shutterstock