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NOLA in Pictures

By Teymarie @teymarie

Architecture

Having been founded by France in 1718 before getting passed along to the Spanish in 1763 (and ultimately the U.S. in 1803), New Orleans encompasses rich remnants of colonial-era architecture, giving the city a style basically non-existent throughout the rest of Louisiana's deeply southern plantation farms and swampy environments.

Social

Bourbon Street, infamous for being the year-round non-stop Mardi Gras area, is a stretch of road within the French Quarter loaded with bars open all hours of the day and night.

I personally found the hype of this street to be highly overrated and best avoided at all costs, unless surrounding yourself with belligerent drunkards (or becoming one yourself) is your thing. If so, then of course, by all means...

Supernatural

They can be a bit creepy, but the voodoo shops are also worth checking out if for nothing else than the curiosity factor. Inside one of these shops you'll find crystals, tarot cards, voodoo dolls, pentagrams, insert other oddity here __________.

These - in conjunction with the barrage of tarot card readers and fortune-tellers outside Jackson Square, and the abundant ghost tours and famous cemeteries - make NOLA a must stop spot for any aficionado of the bizarre.

Art

If you have the time, do some Banksy hunting. The infamous artist visited the city in 2008 leaving some interesting and controversial work scattered about.

Like in other places around the world, much of his work here has been destroyed or vandalized, but some have been protected and can be found using a quick Google Maps search.

Food

Let's get to the food, an exceptionally important part of any location. New Orleans cuisine is overall pretty good. Some local fare favorites you've probably heard of before: Po' Boys (sub-like sandwiches of fried seafood or alligator on French bread), Jambalaya (think Creole-style fried rice) and oysters (either raw from the shell or fried).

Music

In general, Jackson Square, on the skirts of the French Quarter, is a good point to roam around. It has a little park, nice outdoor dining options, bars and the always anticipated, never under appreciated, pop-up brass band jam sessions.

New Orleans - a place unlike anywhere else in the South, making it a one-of-a-kind destination for anyone passing its' way,


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