What’s Doing in New Orleans
Jazz, Mardi Gras, Creole and Cajun cuisine, the French Quarter. These were the images I conjured up before visiting the city of New Orleans, but it turned out that I was only scratching the surface.
The city, in French La Nouvelle-Orléans, is the largest city in the state of Louisiana and a major port city, with a population of almost 350,000 people.
Named for the Duke of Orleans, who reigned as Regent for Louis XV for eight years, was established by French colonists and the French influence is quite evident in the city. It’s known for its cuisine, music as the birthplace of jazz, and its many annual festivals including Mardi Gras (French for “fat Tuesday,” marking the day before the start of Lent).
The city straddles the Mississippi River and was ravaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. It is still recovering from the disaster today: almost everyone in the city today has a story of how Katrina affected their lives, from taxi drivers to captains of industry.
Still, the city is vibrant and engaging, and a great and friendly place to visit.
WHAT TO DO
The only problem a visitor to New Orleans will have is making sure he has enough time to see everything.