Royal Street © ~MVI~
New Orleans is a quirky city with a unique character
quite incomparable to any other city in the US or the world.
Situated on a swamp, surrounded by the sea, Lake Pontchartrain and
the Mississippi River, the city chose to swim rather than sink by
constructing levees, pumps and canals to protect the city. But this
is an ongoing battle.
Despite hit by Hurricane Katrina in August 2005, a
tragedy which left 75% of the city flooded, the proud residents of
New Orleans rebuilt their one-of-a-kind home with determination.
And for tourists, it's once again the vibrant destination it was
before the disaster.
The jazz, the extravagant celebrations and the Big
Easy lifestyle once again make New Orleans one of the party
capitals of the US. Nightlife options are burgeoning and strains of
local jazz and blues rhythms are once again echoing through the
streets of the atmospheric French Quarter.
Legendary Bourbon Street continues to host carnivals
and parades, including the annual Mardi Gras, which has a
reputation for being the most scandalous and sensational event on
the world's festival calendar.
Besides all the partying, New Orleans has still has
serious opportunities for sightseeing. The city is full of
picturesque buildings, lush parks, riverboats, vintage streetcars
and museums displaying everything from voodoo culture to modern