The Big Easy – New Orleans

The Big Easy – New Orleans

The Travelistas headed to the Crescent City to enjoy New Orleans at its best. New Orleans is unlike any other city in America. Its blend of French, Creole, and Southern culture is hard to match anywhere else in the world. The city prides itself on its prominent architecture, mouth-watering cuisine, music scene, and annual calendar of events and festivals.

One of the most popular events in New Orleans is the annual Essence Music Festival, which takes place around the Fourth of July weekend. Sponsored by Essence, the nation’s leading African-American women’s magazine, the festival is chock full of events, from booths and performances at the Convention Center, to evening performances by the music industry’s biggest stars. This year’s festival included: Mary J. Blige, Janet Jackson, Trey Songz, and Chrisette Michelle, just to name a few.

We rounded out our stay in the Crescent City, by shopping on Magazine Street and in the French Quarter, hitting up trendy shops such as Spring Boutique. While in the French Quarter, we also stopped by La Belle Galerie to take a peek at their black and international art collection. While strolling down Bourbon St in the French Quarter, we met lots of festival-goers, party people, and groups of friends who love the energy of New Orleans.

The cuisine is New Orleans is unmistakably delicious and you’d be hard pressed to find anything similar on the planet. Spicy seasonings, Creole flavor, po boy sandwiches, delectable seafood, gumbo, jambalaya, étouffée, pralines, beignets…the list goes on. You can find on any budget, and it’s hard to leave unsatisfied.

Take one of the New Orleans city tours to get to see the city up close and personal. Stroll the French Quarter, stay in a typical bed and breakfast, and jam to the musicians on Frenchmen Street, playing blues, jazz, funk, and soul. This is Nawlins!

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