New Orleans - Let The Good Times Roll
New Orleans, the largest city of Louisiana, situated on a Mississippi River near the Gulf Of Mexico, the so-named Crescent City offers a mixture of American, African, Caribbean and European architecture, culture and food. After hurricane Katrina many people move to the Northshore area of Mandeville, Covington, Slidell and Hammond Louisiana.
The body and soul of the city is the French Quarter that has many stores, classy art galleries, restaurants, bars, jazz club, so an awfully great nightlife. If you walk through Bourbon Street, the French Quarter's liveliest and wildest road, you'll hear the balanced sounds of jazz, nation western, Dixieland and sultry blues permeate the air.
On the corner of Rue Bourbon and Rue Bienville, you'll discover the Old Absinthe House bar. The cooper-topped wooden bar mesmerizes patrons as they drink their favorite drinks and the sights and sounds of the French Quarter trickle into this comfy bar.
Jackson Square, located on the Mississippi River, on Decatur Street, is a must-see location. It is complete of street painters, artists, jugglers, historic structures and the Moon Walk, offering a breath-taking view of the Mississippi River.
The French Quarter is a National Historic District. The majority of the city's museums and historical homes are found here. The New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA), has simply opened an interesting event-- Femme, femme, femme: Paintings of Women in French Society by such artists as Renoir, Degas, Manet, Toulouse-Lautrec and Picasso.
Founded in 1963, the Musée Conti Historical Wax Museum is another emphasize in New Orleans. It includes incredibly reasonable wax sculptures that chronicle the history of New Orleans. There are also other famous figures: artists, film stars. Visitors can experience the Haunted Dungeon, occupied by 'Masters of the Macabre,' such as Edgar Allen Poe and Victor Hugo. You can also host parties and receptions here.
New Orleans is popular for its festivals, throughout the year. There are more than 400 festivals each year, consisting of Mardi Gras, Woodoo Fest, and Jazz Fest. Mardi Gras is the day prior to Ash Wednesday, a carnival with thousands of mind-blowing sculptured props, and incredibly huge 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 10 day cultural and music festival including two primary parts: the Louisiana Heritage Fair and the Evening Concerts. The Louisiana Heritage Fair showcases over 600 musicians on 12 stages, a remarkable variety of genuine Louisiana cuisine, crafts and art showing the talents of craftsmen from around the state and world. The Evening Concerts occur at different places around New Orleans.
Practically 10 years after Katrina, New Orleans lives again and worth a check out. February through April is the finest time to check out, when the weather is good and when you can enjoy the city's two most incredible events, Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest.