Arriving at the airport in New Orleans, the first thing meeting me, is a huge statue of Louis Armstrong playing the trumpet. So I thought, hey, this can`t be anything than good. There was already music streaming from the loudspeakers – and the music was to follow me the whole week through.
New Orleans – the city of blues and jazz – had some hard times, but it has managed to keep its joy and love for music alive through all of it. It is like breathing music wherever you go – the city is alive!
I stayed at the Hampton Inn, which I can recommend, situated only a 10 minute walk from the French Quarter and close to the Convention Center, the Mississippi River as well as highlights like the Mardi Gras World. Here, one can see the Mardi Gras wagons and sculptures all year round.
To take a ride on an old and traditional steam boat on the Mississippi listening to good live music was a special experience. For the ones seeking more action (I did not experience it myself because I got sick, but it was recommended to me by my friends who did it, they had lots of fun), one can go on a swamp tour on an airboat – fly over the swamps and see alligators!
There are several other nice tours for all kinds of interests; Garden Tours, Plantation Tours, Katrina Tours or even Ghost Tours. For those interested in vampires – well, you can imagine. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on the view), I don`t belong to them.
There are so many good restaurants in the city, all serving delicious sea food and creole specialities. A famous restaurant in the Street Royal is the “Court of Two Sisters”.
I had a taste of the claw fish in a restaurant just a few blocks from the Court of Two Sisters and can really recommend it, the “Royal House Oyster Bar”.
Even though not a real restaurant, it has to be mentioned here as it was one of my favorite food experiences in New Orleans: having Beignets at the famous Cafe du Monde in the French Quarter. This was a true “wow”!
Further impressions of the city New Orleans in pictures:
Dare to make your dreams come true – the journey starts with a single step!
– Charlotte –