New Orleans: More than just Mardi Gras

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Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis King of France

New Orleans: More than just Mardi Gras

Meet New Orleans, situated in the state of Louisiana, this city is more than just the Mardi Gras mecca. I find it very interesting how this place is rich in various cultural history. Just by walking around and taking photos I felt like I was being transported back to the 1700s.

Street in New Orleans

As you can see in this photo, there is absolutely no sign of sky-high buildings on this street in New Orleans. You’ll notice a heavy French-Spanish influence in its architecture because it was founded by France and once ruled by Spain for 40 years.  The governor of French Louisiana Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville founded the city and in 1722 he transferred La Nouvelle Orleans (New Orleans) from the Biloxi. At the same time a hurricane destroyed most of the city but it was rebuilt to what it is today.

Jackson Square New Orleans

Jackson Square

Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis King of France

Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis King of France

Jackson Square was originally known as the “Place d’Armes” but then later renamed in honor of the hero of Battle of New Orleans, Andrew Jackson, during the French Quarter. A lot of historical sites surround this area including the oldest Cathedral still in use in the United States, the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis of France. This is a go-to site for locals and tourists alike as it’s a hub for artists, museums and merchants. You can dine, shop, and learn all in one place: Jackson Square.

Cafe Du Monde New Orleans

Cafe Du Monde New Orleans

Speaking of dining, when you visit Jackson Square, don’t forget to stop by Café du Monde for their world-famous beignets. If I were to describe a beignet it is simply a French version of doughnuts sprinkled with powdered sugar. You can even take a piece of New Orleans with you and buy their ready made beignet mixes.

River Boat on the Mississippi New Orleans

Another fascinating way to dine is on a steamboat. We all know how modern day cruise ships are, but the steamboat in New Orleans offers a great sense of history. During the 19th century, steamboats like the Natchez were used as a transport system through shallow waters or strong currents of the river by using its steam power. Steamboats also participated in riverboat races and the Natchez is the undefeated champion of the Mississippi. Nowadays, you can tour the river by taking a cruise while enjoying jazz music and a scrumptious meal.

Tropical Isle New Orleans

Tropical Isle

Jazz bar in New Orleans

Jazz bar in New Orleans

I did mention that New Orleans is more than Mardi Gras, but who wouldn’t want to have a little bit of fun, drinks and music. You’ll be able to find the home of New Orleans’ most powerful drink called The Hand Grenade that you can only get at Tropical Isle and did you know that jazz music was born in this place in the late 19th century?

There you have it, New Orleans in less than 1,000 words. This place is definitely a cultural, historical and culinary adventure that you’ll never regret traveling to!

Brooks

Brooks

I am traveling the world focusing on adventure and photography.

3 Comments

  • Peg

    YAY! Finally ‘on the road again’!!! Keep an eye on the weather, here it’s pretty tough in the southe
    Have a blast but be safe!

    August 14, 2016 at 7:38 pm
  • dad

    good to see you online again. really hope you managed to get to a mass at the basilica! I think we’d all like to see some photo’s of the can.

    August 15, 2016 at 8:28 am
  • Kaely

    Oh yea I had a few hand grenades during my trip down there in college, and probably more than a few beignets!! Bring me home some mix!!!!

    August 15, 2016 at 10:24 am

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