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  • Located 105 miles upriver from the Gulf of Mexico,

  • New Orleans is the largest city in the US state of Louisiana.

  • Straddling the lower reaches of the Mississippi River,

  • this port city has long been

  • at the crossroads of exploration, trade and commerce.

  • New Orleans ismelting pot of cultures

  • that has happily simmered away since 1718.

  • Sowhat's in the pot?

  • Cultural influences from France, Africa, Brazil and the Deep South

  • mix with Catholicism, Voodoo, Cajun zydeco, and Dixieland jazz

  • to make New Orleans one of the most lively and popular destinations

  • in the USA.

  • "Let the Good Times Roll"; that's the motto New Orleans lives by.

  • And newcomers usually waste no time

  • in heading to where the good times roll the loudest, The French Quarter

  • the birthplace of Jazz!

  • Lined with bars, clubs and restaurants,

  • "The Quarter" is home to one of the most party-friendly streets in the world,

  • Bourbon Street.

  • But the French Quarter is more than just a good time.

  • It's also where you'll find many of the city's prime attractions.

  • Start your day in "The Big Easy" with a Cafe au Lait in Jackson Square.

  • Riding tall in the saddle is Andrew Jackson,

  • the General whose rag-tag army of locals humiliated the British

  • in the Battle of New Orleans.

  • Jackson Square is lined with many of the city's grand old buildings,

  • like St. Louis Cathedral.

  • On either side of the Cathedral are the Cabildo and the Presbytere,

  • just two of several historic French Quarter buildings

  • which make up the Louisiana State Museum.

  • Across the square is the 1850 House,

  • which recreates life in a row-house from the Antibellum era.

  • Just around the corner,

  • The Old U.S. Mint preserves the city's mercantile and musical treasures.

  • While it's tempting to spend your entire visit in the French Quarter-

  • and some folks never leave- New Orleans offers plenty of other flavors too.

  • Cross over Canal Street into the Warehouse district,

  • an area of renovated grain-stores and sugar presses,

  • now packed with galleries and chic boutiques.

  • A little further Uptown in Memorial Hall,

  • the faces and voices from the American Civil War

  • reach out across the cannon-smoke of time.

  • Just nearby, discover why the National World War Two Museum

  • has been hailed as the most important Second World War repository in America.

  • Climb aboard a St Charles Streetcar bound for the Garden District.

  • Here, amid the Victorian cottages and stately plantation homes,

  • you'll find Lafayette Cemetery.

  • Join a tour run by local volunteers or explore the crypts on your own.

  • But be warned;

  • the cemetery is regarded as one of the country's most haunted!

  • When it's time to rejoin the living,

  • follow your nose across the road to another New Orleans institution,

  • Commanders Palace Restaurant.

  • Ride the streetcar a few stops further west to Audubon Park.

  • The park is home to the charming Audubon Zoo

  • which features a quaint southern touch, an alligator-filled swamp.

  • The zoo is part of the Audubon Nature Institute

  • which includes the Insectarium and The Aquarium of the Americas.

  • While at the nearby New Orleans Museum of Art,

  • explore paintings, ceramics and sculptures

  • from across the ages and from around the world.

  • Visiting New Orleans outside the Carnival Season?

  • No problem.

  • Just head across the river to the Mardi Gras Museum

  • which brings one of the worlds greatest festivals to life all year round.

  • New Orleans' distinctive and sometimes fiery cuisine

  • will ensure you never miss a beat.

  • Local specialties like gumbo, po' boys, and praline are available everywhere.

  • But it's the music here that truly feeds the soul.

  • So when the sun starts to set,

  • head for one of the many jazz or blues clubs on Frenchman Street,

  • before heading back to Bourbon Street

  • where the New Orleans good times roll on, and on, and on.

Located 105 miles upriver from the Gulf of Mexico,

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    Billy W. Chou posted on 2017/05/18
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