Founded by the French in 1718, the City of New Orleans is a unique place offering travelers an experience like no other in the United States. Known as the Crescent City, the Big Easy, and N’Awlins (as some say), it is sometimes referred to simply as NOLA. If nothing else, this city makes an impression.
New Orleans is intriguing and mysterious. Its unique history, European influence and various ethnic flavors have slowly simmered over time to create a truly amazing culture of which New Orleanians are intensely proud. NOLA is known worldwide for its cuisine and its music, and though it has quite a bit to attract visitors during the day, keep in mind that New Orleans is also a city that thrives at night.
The city continues to struggle, recovering from the effects of Hurricane Katrina. Images of the destruction are still visible today. The HBO series Treme has done a remarkable job of telling this tragic story and of spotlighting NOLA’s musical diversity.
New Orleans, like Paris with its arrondissements, is divided into districts, subdistricts and neighborhoods. Each one with it’s own history and points of interest. The most famous of New Orleans’ neighborhoods is, of course, the French Quarter. Others include The Garden District, Central Business District (CBD), Arts/Warehouse District, Bywater, Faugourg (a french term for ‘suburb’) Marigny, Faubourg Treme, Gentilly, Lake View, Mid City and Uptown… Be aware that some neighborhoods are safer than others, especially after sunset. Avoid walking by yourself, and stay close to well traveled areas (like the French Quarter). If traveling outside of the Quarter/CDB, take a cab or street car.