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Soak up the Sights and Sounds of New Orleans

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Soak up the Sights and Sounds of New Orleans

story by: Inspire Magazine

Home to scores of jazz music, a plethora of history, piles of mouth-watering treats, a true melting pot of cultures and an absolutely enchanting atmosphere, New Orleans is one city you need to experience.

INTRODUCING NEW ORLEANS’ NEIGHBOURHOODS
One of the best ways to explore the city is to stroll the streets of the various neighbourhoods, all diverse and equally fascinating.

The French Quarter, in the heart of New Orleans, exudes charm with its architectural mix of Spanish, French, Creole and American influences. Visit historical buildings, the French Markets and lap up the vibrant café scene.

Wander the streets of the Garden District, filled with fountains and Greek-influenced architecture. Check out the oaks of Coliseum Square and soak up the romantic atmosphere through the laneways. Faubourg Marigny and Bywater are home to great music and scrumptious foods. Stop by jazz clubs, art galleries and the quaint restored cottages for a truly authentic experience.

JIVE TO SOME JAZZ AND DEVOUR THE CUISINE
Head to Frenchman Street, just by the French Quarter, for an alternative to New Orleans’ tourist hub, Bourbon Street. This is where the locals tap their toes to jazz, Latin, reggae and blues, in traditional wooden signed venues.

Try all the classic New Orleans flavours you can. Munch on some jambalaya (a rice dish), muffulettas (giant sandwiches), beignets (doughnuts drowned in icing sugar), crawfish etouffee, po boys, king cakes and more. You could even take a New Orleans cooking class!

SAIL THROUGH SWAMPS
You wouldn’t know it while you’re wandering the eclectic streets of the town, but New Orleans is surrounded by swamp. Beautiful bayou trees coated in moss drape down over the water, which conceals lurking alligators. Hop aboard a swamp tour and experience this mysterious world.

DELVE INTO DEEP HISTORY
You can’t ignore New Orleans’ plantation history. Grand homes and properties that once housed wealthy owners and slaves now act as a look into the past. Take a tour of plantation homes and hear stories of tragedy and triumph from the past.

HOT TIP
Head to a Café du Monde for a huge plate of delectable beignets and chicory coffee. Yum!

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