Just got back from my fun-filled New Orleans trip, and I thought I'd start my posts with the most obvious of places in New Orelans, the French Quarter.
The lovely Laura was my tour guide, a New Orleans native (recognize her from London?!). Laura took me to all the best sites:
It's easy to see the European influence of both the French and Spanish all through the city.
The thing I love about New Orleans is it seems to be the most intact historical city in the country (that I've visited). Strolling the old streets, I could see the past playing out before my eyes: the horse-drawn carriages, the men smoking cigars and drinking brandy, the women hiding their ankles, the 17th-century coats...I could see all of it. It's a little hard to see the past in places like New York, where the rush and technology of modern culture takes over what once was. Not so in NOLA.
The downside to New Orleans? The drinking culture is a little MUCH at night, so if you're not down for the crowded party scene, stick to visiting in the day.
Notable places in the French Quarter:
The Voodoo Museum (I didn't take pictures of this because I'm slightly superstitious, ha!)
Royal Street (where all the art is)
Free street music playing everywhere!!
Have you been to the French Quarter? Do you think it's worth a visit or should be skipped?