Famed for its jazz, Bourbon Street, its architecture and its food. Sadly it is also remembered for the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Remarkably walking through the city today, you would not know how badly it had been damaged. New Orleans is a vibrant city ringing with music from every quarter. Royal and Frenchmen streets, which are adjacent to Bourbon Street, are just as beautiful and nearly every bar and restaurant has its own live band.
Mardi Gras is an enormous festival of colour. 46 days before Easter, the city erupts with music, floats and general jollity. The costumes are absolutely fantastic, outrageous in their imagination and flair. Each float is prepared by a Krewe; a group of up to 300 people who have planned their display for over a year. No copies are allowed and each costume is created from scratch. Each year the carnival has a different theme which has to be strictly followed by the Krewes.
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The French Quarter is the main reason that most people come to New Orleans, much of it dates back to the 18th and 19th centuries and is full of glorious buildings. Remember to look up to see the lacework balconies. Do visit Madame John’s Legacy, one of the finest Creole buildings in Louisiana, the Old Ursuline Convent, the oldest building in the Mississippi River Valley, St. Louis Cathedral and the fascinating Pharmacy Museum.
The Voodoo Museum - Voodoo has been a significant part of New Orleans culture since its earliest days in the 1700s. Explore inside the museum or participate in a haunted cemetery walking tour though downtown.
The New Orleans School of Cooking - Either watch one of the chefs or, more fun, take part yourself. You will cook, and eat, your own authentic Louisiana Dinner.
TIP - Get Frontier America to book this for you in advance.
Cruise the Mississippi - Board a sternwheeler to take a trip down Ol’ Man River. Some of the evening sailings serve dinner and have a jazz band aboard.
Take a boat tour into the bayou to see another world populated by alligators and remarkable bird life.
Take a tour down the Old River Road to see some of the beautiful antebellum plantation homes.
Famed all over the world for its music. Jazz started in Louisiana and New Orleans is full of it. Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro on Frenchmen Street is one of the best places to hear good old fashioned Jazz. St. Claude Avenue is the place to go for fringe artists but all you have to do is walk along any street of the French Quarter and you will hear music coming from the doorways of many a bar and restaurant.
Swamp Tours - Take an exciting trip on an AirBoat or a leisurely kayak through the swamps that surround New Orleans. Not only is the scenery beautiful, but you will see alligators galore and will be entertained by your excellent guides with tall tales of alligators and swamp life.
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