New Orleans in Louisiana, or just NOLA, is a place known to appreciate all the temptations that life has to offer. The city values the easy-going, in contrast to the otherwise often hurried city life. When you make a trip to New Orleans, it doesn’t take long to notice how much the open-minded Big Easy has to offer.
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1. Admire Jackson Square and St Louis Cathedral
Chartres Street separates them, but it’s hard not to think about the other when you think of one of them. Jackson Square and St Louis Cathedral resembles a real life Disney saga. The square which also is a National Historic Landmark is named after General Andrew Jackson, who you find on the square in the form of a bronze statue.
2. Have a cold drink on Bourbon Street
It’s certainly not everyone’s favorite, but it’s without a doubt the loudest of the streets in the French Quarter. If you want a cold one, Bourbon Street is a legendary place to go to. For a more quiet drink, it’s a good idea to go somewhere else. Bourbon Street is a fun but loud place.
3. Be sophisticated on Royal
Royal Street goes parallel to Bourbon Street. It’s not as loud as the other, but is instead more known for antique shopping, galleries and fine dining. In other words, it’s a bit more sophisticated.
4. Head down to Mississippi River
On the eastern side of the French Quarter you find Mississippi River. Walk down there and enjoy the world-famous river. Check out the steamer boats, or even take a cruise as a fun and relaxing way to see more of New Orleans.
5. Try the beignets from Café du Monde
Café du Monde is nowadays an institution in NOLA. No trip to New Orleans is complete if you haven’t had the beignets at Café du Monde. The fried square piece of dough powdered with sugar are as good for breakfast, dessert or midnight snack.
6. Wander around in the Garden Districts
While the French Quarter could be a bit intense with a lot of people having a great time, the Garden District provides peace and quiet. And it’s just a short ride away with a streetcar. Take your time in the Garden District while you wander around and admire the historic mansions.
7. See if you can spot any Mardi Gras throws
A common sight along the streets in New Orleans is the beads in purple, green and gold. The throwing of bead necklaces is an old Mardi Gras tradition and the colors of them hold a symbolic value. The purple is for justice, the green represents faith and the Gold symbolizes power. Can you spot any?
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