New Orleans experience can never be boring. The town constantly surprises you with contrasts. Consider, for example, the French Quarter - the modern center of live night entertainment and Garden District - an elegantly adorned window to a bygone era.
Developed mainly between 1840 and 1900, the Garden District runs from Magazine Street to St. Charles Avenue and from Jackson Avenue to Louisiana Avenue. It comprises one of the best-preserved collections of historic mansions in the South - if not the entire country. The Garden District is a brilliant tapestry of architectural styles and period designs.
"The Big Easy", as the city is nicknamed, will give you no time to get into the swing, it will totally engross you and not let you go until you have tasted every spice dish it offers. And the dishes are really spicy.
For you not to get lost among all the opportunities the city offers, browse through the Internet to get acquainted with New Orleans guide. That will help you build up your New Orleans vacation itinerary. The Big Easy presents a wide range of entertainments, tours, shopping prospects and so on. Consult New Orleans guide to set the priorities.
For those tourists who prefer a quiet and peaceful rest without night and daytime extremes, we advise to make the most of their leisure time in park New Orleans and pay a visit to some New Orleans restaurants, especially those that have recently reopened.
Well, here is a petite New Orleans guide to parks and restaurants.
Six Flags New Orleans, the newest member of the Six Flags family of theme parks, located twenty minutes from the French Quarter and features more than 30 live shows and attractions that are all great fun.
Audubon Zoo is of course not quite a park but still a good place to take a stroll in. Audubon Zoo is one of the top five zoos in the country. You will see more than 2,000 animals in their natural habitats settings, even such a curious creature as the white alligator will honor you with its presence in the Louisiana Swamp exhibit.
Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. Here you will be offered French Quarter walking tours, entertainment programs at Chalmette Battlefield, and activities in the Barataria Preserve's wetlands. The park also boasts Acadian cultural centers in Lafayette, Thibodaux and Eunice.
Odyssey's Shipwreck and Treasure Adventure is a new family attraction - an interactive facility to take up the challenges and thrills of deep-sea underwater adventure. Interactive games, vivid displays, entertaining video for explorers of all ages are awaiting.
Rather a short list, though covering the sites mentioned requires a lot of energy.
You will have worked up an appetite, so now comes a New Orleans guide of restaurants.
Warehouse District Anchor Mulate's
Tee Mulate?s, formerly used only for private parties is located at 743 Convention Center Boulevard. The dark wood chairs and the red-checkered table cloths give each customer a warm welcome. The butter-colored walls are decorated with the works of various Louisiana artists. The most authentic Cajun cuisine is served. Customer favorites are the Zydeco Gumbo, Catfish Mulate's, Seafood Platter, Grilled Shrimp, and Homemade Bread Pudding with Butter Rum Sauce. Look for daily specials by the end of the month.
The menu at Emeril's is a marvelous mix of New Orleans cooking and Creole cuisine with ethnic influences such as Southwestern, Asian, or Portuguese. Lagasse uses only fresh, top quality ingredients, and employs farmers and fisherman to ensure that the menu incorporates only the finest and freshest products. Emeril's New Orleans Barbecue Shrimp, Grilled Double Cut Niman Pork Chop and Banana Cream Pie are the restaurant's signature dishes.
Emeril's is located in a renovated warehouse on Tchoupitoulas Street. The interior features exposed brick, hardwood floors, an open kitchen and a unique chef's food bar with a signature metal and glass proscenium filled with spices.
Shrimp Arnaud and Oysters Bienville along with Trout Meuniere and Seafood Gumbo will be the classic standard-bearers. In the historic main dining room, the original mosaic tile floors and the beveled glass windows stretching down Bienville Street will sparkle against lighted gas lanterns and crystal chandeliers. With 13 distinctive dining rooms accommodating almost 1,000 patrons simultaneously and boasting the French Quarter's largest kitchen, Arnaud's is New Orleans' largest restaurant. Remoulade, Arnaud's oyster bar and cafe, serves Louisiana oysters and boiled shrimp along with red beans and rice and other casual Creole dishes.
Though the list is again not long, it sounds rather tasty. So, bon appetite!