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Louisiana is a state in the South of the United States of America named in honor of King Louis XIV. Its capital is Baton Rouge. The state is bordered to the west by Texas, to the north by Arkansas, to the east by the state of Mississippi, and to the south by the Gulf of Mexico. Louisiana is known for its unique history, its oil/gas and seafood empires, its music, its diverse cultural make-up, including the Cajun culture of Southwest Louisiana and its once dominant Creole culture, its vast wetlands, swamps, bayous, and its sugar & cotton plantations along its More...
The French Quarter is the oldest and most famous and visited neighborhood of New Orleans. It was laid out in French and Spanish colonial times in the 18th century. While it has many hotels, restaurants, and businesses catering to visitors, it is best appreciated when you recall that it is still a functioning mixed-use residential/commercial neighborhood where locals live.
The French Quarter or "Vieux Carre" ("old section" in French) stretches along the Mississippi River from Canal Street to Esplanade Avenue (14 blocks long) and back from the More...
Natchitoches, Louisiana, is the oldest settlement in the Louisiana Purchase and has strong French and Spanish roots, still visible in its preserved architecture. It is a popular tourist destination, particularly during the Christmas season, when tourists flock to its many classic-style shops and cafes and watch large city-sponsored fireworks shows and Christmas light festivals. It is home to Northwestern State More...
Bywater is the portion of New Orleans furthest down the Mississippi River, on the other side of Faubourg Marigny from the French Quarter. The area from below the Industrial Canal down to the St. Bernard Parish line (the downriver limit of the city of New Orleans) is sometimes called the Lower 9th Ward.
• Jack Dempsey's 738 Poland Avenue: seafood
• Elizabeth's 601 Gallier Street: Creole, Southern, and po-boys. Neighborhood favorite for breakfast and lunch. Tuesday-Saturday 7:30am- 2:30pm
Carrollton is the section of New Orleans that is at the far end of Uptown from the New Orleans/French Quarter. It is often considered part of Uptown, but it has its own history and traditions (including being a separate city in the 19th century), so it will be treated on its own here.
It is at the far end of the St. Charles Streetcar line (the green cars) whose other end is on Canal Street in the Central Business District. Carrollton is near Tulane and Loyola Universities, and many students and professors live here and patronize the local businesses. It is a mixed More...
The Faubourg Marigny (FAW-borg MER-ih-nee), or usually just Marigny, is a hip neighborhood below ("down") from the French Quarter. It has the air of what the French Quarter was a generation or two ago before there was so much tourist development. It has a few small hotels and many bed-and-breakfasts, as well as a number of good restaurants, coffee shops, and music venues.
Architecturally, the Marigny is known for its many styles of Creole cottages, most of which date to the 19th century. Its "heart" is Washington Square Park (bounded More...