New Orleans Streetcar

The first thing that strikes you – New Orleans is unlike any other city in the world.

But your drive from the airport is deceiving. Like lmost trips into major world cities there is a vista of huge skyscrapers dominating the skyline, different sizes, different shapes. And there is that usual large, dominant, sports stadium. In this case the Superdome – the world’s largest fixed domed structure, home of the National Football Leagues, the New Orleans Saints.

But your perspective changes dramatically.

It happens as soon as you alight from your cab – in front of the Westin Hotel on Canal Street.

And then it hits you, New Orleans is unique.

Westin Hotel

There is a vibe in the air, it feels different, muggy tropical heat, palm trees, English spoken differently – a mixture of French Canadian English, Jamaican patois, – soft, lilting, gentle.

It all adds up to a sense of mystery, a sense of excitement – I can’t wait to see New Orleans, experience it, savour it.

After a 10 minute walk from the hotel you are in the thick of things – Bourbon Street – the heart of the French Quarter.

Bourbon Street

The French Quarter defines New Orleans.

It is the city’s historic heart – famous for its vibrant nightlife, colourful buildings with cast-iron balconies. Endless jazz clubs, Cajun eateries, honky tonk bars.

From Bourbon street head to the French Market, with gourmet food and local crafts, and to Jackson Square where street performers entertain in front of soaring St. Louis Cathedral.

New Orleans uniqueness stems from its polyglot cultures – French, Spanish, African, Spanish, Creole, Cajun, Haitian, Caribbean, Acadian.

And this is what makes New Orleans unique.

Next week.

Join me as we discover amazing New Orleans food, explore the city beyond the.French Quarter.