New Orleans, also known as ‘The Big Easy’ or ‘NOLA’ is the birthplace of Jazz music, renowned for its cuisine, in particular the seafood, Creole and Cajun specialities, as well as the Mardi Gras celebrations, which date back to the French colonial times when the land was sold to Napoleon in the 19th century. The city still holds a lot of French culture, the streets in the French Quarter are all still named in French, the Creole architecture bears resemblance and the cuisine is inspired. New Orleans is the largest city in Louisiana and straddles the 2,340 mile long Mississippi River.
In New Orleans, size matters, The Lake Pontchartrain Causeway is the longest continuous bridge in the world and the Superdrome is the largest enclosed arena in the world. While you explore the neighbourhoods of New Orleans you will be greeted by the sounds of street musicians. The Jazz culture sparked the rock and roll and blue music scene, this melange of music and nationalities from France, Spain and Africa give this city an interesting charm, which is seen through the cuisine and culture, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage festival at the end of April is a must do!