Author: Mario Rayjohnson
New Orleans, the biggest city of Louisiana, situated on a Mississippi River fold near the Gulf, the so-named Crescent City has a mixture of American, African, Caribbean and European design, culture and dining.
The life blood of the city is the French Quarter which has numerous stores, elegant galleries, diners, pubs, jazz club, so a terribly Good night life. Should you walk through Bourbon Street, the French Quarter's liveliest and wildest street, you'll hear the rhythmic sounds of jazz, country western, Dixieland and sultry blues filter the air.
Found on the corner of Rue Bourbon and Rue Bienville, you will discover the Old Absinthe House bar. The cooper-topped wooden bar captivates consumers as they sip their most favorite drinks and the sights and sounds of the French Quarter trickle into this comfortable tavern.
Jackson Square, located found on the Mississippi River, on Decatur Street, is a must-see destination. It's full of street artists, musicians, jugglers, historical buildings and the Moon Walk, providing a breath-taking sight of the Mississippi River.
The French Quarter is a National Historic District. Many of the city's galleries and museums and historic homes are located here. The New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA), has just opened a fantastic exhibition -Femme, femme, femme: Paintings of Girls in French Society by such painters as Renoir, Degas, Manet, Toulouse-Lautrec and Picasso.
Founded in 1963, the Mus?e Conti Historical Wax Museum is another highlight in New Orleans. It includes splendidly realistic wax sculptures that account the history of New Orleans. There are furthermore other well-known figures: musicians, film stars. Tourist can experience the Haunted Dungeon, populated by 'Masters of the Macabre,' which include Edgar Allen Poe and Victor Hugo. You can additionally host parties and receptions here.
New Orleans is well-known for its festivals, all year round. There are many more than 400 festivals annually, including Mardi Gras, Woodoo Fest, and Jazz Fest. Mardi Gras is the day before Ash Wednesday, a carnival with hordes of amazing sculptured props, and super giant figures. On Mardi Gras Day the city is closed down, people go to the street and have party.
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is a ten day cultural and music event made up of 2 main components: the Louisiana Heritage Fair and the Evening Concerts. The Louisiana Heritage Fair exhibits over 600 musicians on 12 stages, an astonishing range of authentic Louisiana dining, crafts and art displaying the talents of artisans from around the state and globe. The Evening Concerts take place at separate venues around New Orleans.
More or less 2 years after Katrina, New Orleans is alive again and worth a vacation. February through April is the best possible time to travel to, when the weather is Good and when you can experience the city's two most dazzling occasions, Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest.