Dear time: Please take me back to New Orleans, a city in Louisiana that welcomed me with a hospitable spirit and captivating cuisine that spiced up my visit in a special way.
New Orleans’ strong multicultural influences (French, Caribbean and Spanish) are ingrained in every aspect of life, and travelers here often find themselves in awe of the unique enchantment found in this city.
Entertainment in the French Quarter
The most traditional area in this city hugs the mighty Mississippi River. The French Quarter exhibits charming, European-style architecture. A trip to New Orleans would be incomplete without exploring this place; it was here that I was able to understand exactly why this city is known as the birthplace of jazz and an epicenter for blues music. Frenchmen Street is more than a vibrant thoroughfare. It is where musicians and artists express themselves through the classic sounds of guitars and saxophones, bringing music to life in festive bars and on street corners.
Street performers playing live music in Jackson Square
Other Attractions in New Orleans
Besides all of the festivities, costumes and enchantment in the French Quarter – where the celebration is constant – trust that New Orleans also has a calm side. I got to see this through visits to beautiful gardens and old sugar plantations, which are still well-preserved today. Additionally, I got to explore the French Market, a popular open-air marketplace with all kinds of products for sale, including artisan foods, souvenirs and local crafts.
Exploring the French Market
Fuel your energy by tasting the city’s flavorful Cajun cuisine, part of a special culinary culture that is only found in this region of the country. My trip would have been bland without many of the traditional dishes, such as crawfish etoufée, crawfish in a Creole-style sauce; gumbo, a traditional stew made with okra and seafood, chicken or sausage; and a delicious shrimp jambalaya. The city has various restaurants specializing in quality service, Southern hospitality and excellent traditional meals.
Seafood gumbo served with a local Abita Amber beer
Don’t worry about staying fit after all of the delicious food because the best way to explore New Orleans is on foot or by renting a bike and enjoying every corner of the city. You can also take a picturesque tour of the Mississippi River by steamboat, a relaxing way to get around that soothes the soul. Another method of transportation is the streetcar, which takes you to key points such as Canal Place – a great spot for shopping in high-end stores and boutiques. Here’s a cool tip: In participating stores, international tourists can get a refund on the retail sales taxes paid.
It’s no wonder that New Orleans is globally known as a cultural hub where its history is seen in the historic architecture and its cheerful spirit is evident in all aspects. Everything in New Orleans seems to be a joyful celebration of culture, music and cuisine, offering a one-of-a-kind experience to its visitors. Don’t miss out on exploring this magic place!