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Discover the Highlights of "The Big Easy"
With its eclectic roots and colorful history, New Orleans is without a doubt one of the world's most unique cities, and a must-visit travel destination for fun-loving adventurers. Founded by the French three centuries ago, later bought by the Spanish and even later reclaimed by France, the city retains its rich mix of European influences. Germans, Italians and Irish all have contributed their special flavors to its culture and cuisine, as have Africans and Native Americans. More recent arrivals are also adding to the mix, as Asians of various nations find homes in the Big Easy.
Those who have only read about the city often believe New Orleans is made up only of the streets of the French Quarter. But one visit to the "city that care forgot" reveals so much more. The century-old streetcar line rumbles up elegant St. Charles Avenue through the picturesque Garden District, with its grand mansions and fine shops and boutiques. Further along, the ride takes you through Uptown, where Audubon Park sits just across the street from Tulane and Loyola Universities. Further still is the heavily-populated Carrollton area, with its enviable collection of ethnic restaurants, neighborhood bars and Bohemian coffee houses.
New Orleans is truly defined by its homegrown jazz and blues, its thriving arts community, its 24-hour rhythm of life and its renowned restaurants and chefs, such as the famous Café du Monde, all heavily influenced by the city’s European heritage.
There is so much to see and do, eat and experience that you'll want to return again and again. Bon Voyage!