This city lures with a lovely and personal style in which old and new meet miraculously. If you are interested in a style that characterizes the famous French Quarter district (Vieux Carre, the oldest part of New Orleans), bet on boutique style. In addition to a decadent ease that accompanies you at every step, it seems as if this part is protected by providence itself. It escaped the deadly embrace of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 among only a handful city areas that survived. Time wiped out consequences of the ravages of natural forces and people. The city has risen from rubble and today again attracts visitors with its unique lifestyle, alluring omnipresent music, fashion, design, art and many other attractions.
New Orleans has recently been getting some fresh wind in the sails of business, opening its doors to businessmen and young pioneers. But it is not only business that fuels desires and dreams of many, but also numerous cultural events and a unique atmosphere which you won’t find anywhere else in the US. It is enough just to walk along the streets and listen to lively jazz rhythms or to sit somewhere in a restaurant and relax or see a show. Fashion has recently entered New Orleans as well. Just like New York and Los Angeles, New Orleans is also trying to sharpen its focus on fashion.
Yet another attribute needs to be added – the smell. If you are imagining the air filled with Cajun food aroma, spices and life, you are right. I would however add one more – a blend of the smell of marshes, water and a number of people. It is a mixture that initially surprises you but then you become incapable of imagining the city without it. It belongs to it just like the statue of Andrew Jackson on a horse on Jackson Square or steamboats on the Mississippi River.
Court of Two Sisters. Pleasant environment very much suitable for a classy dinner. A band plays several days a week in the garden.
GW Finns. Fresh oysters produced for this restaurant only. Also very friendly staff.
Oceana Grill. Cajun style food, super po-boys and the best fish.
– Cajun cuisine (green ball pepper, onion and celery are main ingredients)
– po-boys (typical sandwiches)
Hurricane. Everybody prepares it differently but I think it consists of everything that is currently available at the bar. If you have two hurricanes you will surely forget even the smell of the city.
New Orleans is one of few places in the US where alcohol can be consumed on the street without having to hide your bottle in a paper bag.
Mardi Gras is the biggest festival in New Orleans and a visit will bring you many beautiful experiences. People here are relaxed, sociable and very open. Sometimes its atmosphere resembles the famous Rio Carnival. The main street with many pubs and bars is called Bourbon Street in the centre of French Quarter.
– swamp tour on hovercrafts
– lunch on a steamboat on the Mississippi River
– horse carriage ride through the city
– visit at least two plantations from the slavery era
– Oak Alley Plantation is the most beautiful plantation which appeared in several films. Interesting to know is that the former plantation owner was extremely gracious to his slaves. Whitney and Laura plantations where slaves were not treated as well serve as a contrast.
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