New Orleans City Guide

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Mention traditional jazz, Dixieland jazz, Mardi Gras, or the Big Easy, and you can only be talking of one place. Situated in Louisiana State, on the banks of the Mississippi near the Gulf of Mexico; New Orleans conjures up memories of those strolling jazz players in the James Bond film, Live and Let Die.

Mardi Gras:

Rio may have its carnival; New Orleans has its Mardi Gras. Held during the winter months Mardi Gras 2016, will be held from the second week in January through to end of the first week of February. Soaking up the atmosphere while following the parades cost nothing, but if you intend visiting during the festivities, check the itinerary, not every parade includes floats.

Creole Queen:

What can invoke memories of those old films starring Mississippi gamblers, than a trip along the river on a real old fashioned paddle-wheeler? At least, it looks old fashioned.

Trips down the Mississippi on the Creole Queen are designed to cater for all. You can enjoy a dinner/jazz cruise, a cruise taking in the historical landmarks, or a Big Easy fun cruise. There is also a New Years Eve river cruise to see in the New Year and enjoy the firework displays.

Night Life:

If you’re a party animal at heart, and even if you’re not, you can’t visit The Big Easy without enjoying its music orientated night life. Many say the best place for jazz at night is Bourbon Street in the French quarter. Others will suggest taking in Frenchmen Street and visiting Harrah’s Casino to dance till dawn. And dawn it may well be, New Orleans isn’t governed by licensing laws.

If you aren’t a party animal, all is not lost. Take a few hours to stroll round the city taking in the sites, and you’re bound to see some of the many street performers. Whether your preference is jazz, Gospel, R&B, or pop and rock, many of these performers are good enough to fill a baseball stadium.

Organised Tours:

There are so many different tours in New Orleans, and so many different ways to enjoy them, making sure your direct travel insurance covers every eventuality is a good idea. There are tours in some of the oldest streetcars in the US.

History Tours can be taken by bus or on foot, visiting the French Market and Ursuline Convent, among many other sites.

Culinary Tours will have you sampling a mix of Cajun, Creole, and French cuisine at many of the Big Easy’s restaurants.

For those of a more spiritual nature there are Ghost and Cemetery Tours to have you searching for the paranormal, and Carriage Tours for that romantic night out.

Cocktail Tours, tasting and learning their history in some of the city’s most famous bars.

There are LGBT tours to celebrate the Big Easy’s laid back love of an indulgent lifestyle. Visiting bars frequented by the famous Miss Dixie and Truman Capote, pillars of New Orleans gay community in days of yesteryear.

While New York might have grabbed the tag of ‘The City That Never Sleeps,’ it could as well apply to New Orleans, a city which truly has something for everyone.

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