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Visiting one of the greatest American cities, New Orleans

Visiting the hauntingly beautiful city of New Orleans

Visiting one of the greatest American cities, New Orleans
New Orleans photo by Jodi Emmer

The American city of mystery, intrigue and voodoo is one of the hottest vacation spots to visit and is also the most Northern spot of the Caribbean chain.  Take a walk down Bourbon Street and you will learn more about alcohol culture and Mississippi delta blues music than anywhere else.

The French Quarter is one of the greatest places to find authentic Cajun food.  New Orleans is known for its friendly culture and surrealism, and its incredible food choices.  Jambalaya, Shrimp Po Boy, Catfish, Crawfish and Pecan Pie are all options available at the French Market located in the heart of the French Quarter.

Starting out at The Hilton Garden Inn of New Orleans French Quarter Hotel, located at 821 Gravier Street (504) 324-6000 this place simply cannot be better, its rates are ranging from 119$ a night on the off season to 200$ during event season.  There is a rooftop pool which overlooks the entire city of New Orleans the view is incredible.  There is also a rooftop gym.  Free breakfast comes with your reservation and there are freshly made beignets available for breakfast every morning.  Also a free computer business room is available within the hotel.  It is a two block walk to Bourbon Street.  Five blocks to the River and about seven blocks to see the French Quarter.

Unusual gifts are well found in this crescent city.  From the Voodoo tuxedo to actual vinyl records, to boxes of New Orleans Pralines, shopping is incredibly easy, there are art galleries all over the French Quarter with actual artists doing work in the vendor areas. 

Walking around with an open container is encouraged in this city.  The Hurricane is the number one drink of choice for the tourists in New Orleans and it can get you pretty drunk pretty quickly so do not drive, just walk in the enjoyable weather, even in January and February, New Orleans boasts temperatures in the 50’s and 60’s.  Lovely walking weather and people love to talk.  Learn about the ghosts or the wonderful culturally rich neighborhood of Treme.

Where would we be without the French Roast coffee?  Possibly one of the best coffees available for purchase would be Community Roast Coffee out of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  It is even available to be purchased and sent to your home or send it out as a gift.  The spirit of New Orleans lives in that beautiful cup of coffee.

Visit Lafayette Cemetery over in the Garden district and the beautiful mansions of the Garden District over on Magazine Street.  It is a short trolley ride from the French Quarter to Magazine Street.  One may also visit Tulane University by the same trolley.  In New Orleans due to its ever dropping shift into the water, the graves are all above ground in this city.  They are extremely cool looking and there cannot be a bad photo taken in this alluring city. 

Photography is one of the greatest things to do in this city, sincerely.  You will not find a more intensely weirder city in which to shoot photos on every street corner there appears to be a new level of insanity to deal with.  People in costumes and street musicians, dancers and singers who appear to perform out of thin air and are extremely professional at that, this city tells a new story every day, it is never boring here, New Orleans brings interesting to a whole new level. 

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