Visiting New Orleans
New Orleans is an amazing city with a rich history and influences from different cultures. Nola because that’s how it’s called by the locals is a city full of magic and secrets. The oldest district-French Quarter exudes magic and a unique atmosphere. Its most entertaining part with Bourbon Street at the helm is practically never falling asleep.
New Orlean’s Downtown
The historic Laffayette NO. 1 cemetery is also worth visiting. You can admire the unique Tombs of the United States there. Another symbol of the New Orleans is the Garden District, where we can admire historic residences built by the richest inhabitants. They made fortunes on sugar cane or cotton plantations. We can also go on a cruise on the Mississippi River with a historic ship listening to the sounds of jazz music. Another attraction is going on a canoe or Airboat trip to admire the flora and fauna of the Louisiana swamps.
Mississippi Tour Ship
Visiting New Orleans – French Quarter
The French Quarter is a place that is an icon of New Orleans. It is the most charming district of the city. Old houses, colorful buildings and metal balustrades give it a unique atmosphere.
New Orleans was a port city and also has shameful history. It was formerly a center of slave trade. However thanks to that, the city became the cradle of Jazz music.
Many musicians play directly on the street and in the central square of the district called Jackson Square. Where we will also meet other artists, performers or Voodoo shamans.
Visiting New Orleans – Bourbon Street
Bourbon Street’s is located in the heart of the French Quarter. It is the most touristic place in entire city. Crowds of tourists, dozens of shops, restaurants and pubs are a brief description of this place. The street is oriented towards tourism. You can buy talismans, potions and other interesting things related to Voodoo.
It is very difficult to park here because the majority of parking spaces in the area are for residents only.
You can also eat delicacies of local cuisine such as alligator meat or Poboy sandwich. Consuming alcohol in public is legal here. Because of that I also recommend trying local drinks such as Hurricane.
New Orleans is considered the most haunted city in America. There are plenty of stories about ghosts living in old homes and Marie Laveau the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans. In the air, you feel a certain amount of mystery.
Visiting New Orleans Historic Cemeteries
The city is built on wetlands and is flooded by floods from time to time. For this reason the dead are not buried in the ground but in the stone tombs. The oldest cemetery is St. Louis No. 1. It is located next to the French Quarter District.
St. Louis Cemetery No.1
Marie Laveau has symbolic grave on this cemetery. It is a legend that women lived 200 years and disappeared under unexplained circumstances.
Laffayette Cemetery No. 1
The second historic cemetery is Laffayette No.1. It is located in the Garden District. Cemeteries can also be visited by a guided tour.
Laffayette Cemetery No. 1
If you are hungry while visiting Garden district, I recommend going to the award-winning antique restaurant Commander’s Palace. It is impossible to miss it, it is a turquoise-white historic building, you will find it opposite the Cemetery Laffayette No. 1
New Orleans – Residential Districts
It is also worth to drive across various districts of the city. Most of them are colorful and have their own climate and unique architecture.
In 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit the city. 80% of the city was under water. Many residents have lost their homes and left. Some parts of the city have not been restored to this day.
In the Calibdo Museum you can get to know the history of the city and the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina. It is located in the heart of the French Quarter at Jackson Square.
New Orleans – Swamps
The entire New Orleans was created in wetlands, thanks to which the swamps surround it today. We can go on a kayak or small boat trip and admire the unique nature of Louisiana.
We can also choose an Airboat and experince a unique event.
During which you will meet with alligators. The whole article about this topic can be found Here.