Let the music fill your ears and take you away on a magical journey guided by the beat of the drums. Welcome to New Orleans, Louisiana, home of many great musicians and creators through the years. The music in New Orleans has been influenced by many cultures: French, Spanish, Creole, African, and Native American. With such a melting pot of culture, it’s easy to understand why this city has become one of the music capital of the world.
If New Orleans is not number one on your list of foodie town to visit, you should be ashamed of yourself. With its mix of Cajun, Creole, Spanish, First Nations and French roots, it’s easy to see why this is one of the culinary capitals of the United States, if not of the world. With an unrepresented access to exotic spices and influx of influences from many countries, this lead to an array of dishes so different from one another yet so tasty. Don’t waste your time and visit a typical New Orleans restaurant when you have the chance. You won’t regret it.
Imagine walking the streets of New Orleans on the day of Mardi Gras. You can hear the soulful music that entices your feet to tap and your body to dance. The cheery crowd surrounds you, the atmosphere is electric. Everyone has only one thing on their mind: celebrating! Celebrating life, celebrating the culture, celebrating the people. The whole city of New Orleans is alive for Mardi Gras, or “Fat Tuesday” if you’ve studied some French. Generally, this event is celebrated on the last day before Ash Wednesday. Every year, it happens around February before the first day of Lent.
All around the world, Louisiana is known for its famous riverboat casinos. Ask any tourists, they will tell you how you need to experience gambling on a boat, it’s a must! Did you know that Louisiana was only the fourth state in the United States to approve the use of riverboat for gambling purposes? Indeed, only 15 boats are allowed to operate state wide. That way you won’t see any boat owners getting ideas of creating a casino of their own. Due to many regulations, those river boat casinos rarely set sails off the docks so don’t expect some aquatic creatures sightseeing because what you’ll probably see is the flashing lights of slot machines. These boats don’t close, you can enjoy playing at the games 24/7. Those casino boats will generally include a restaurant and a bar so you don’t have to leave the premise to fill your belly.