There are a lot of things that people can say about the city of New Orleans. It is the largest city center in Louisiana and a major United States port where everything from international goods to exotic foods and textiles come and go on a daily basis. There are about 350,000 people living in the city but more than a million in the metropolitan area and it is known as a top tourist location and the home of places like the French Quarter and Bourbon Street.
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The city was named after the Duke of Orleans, Regent of France and is still known for its French Creole culture and architecture. It is called the birthplace of jazz and sees people coming from far away to experience the food and annual celebrations like Mardi Gras. New Orleans straddles the Mississippi River and is located in the southeast of Louisiana. It has a subtropic climate, meaning it does not see much of a wintertime and the temperature rarely goes below freezing for too long. This is one of the many things that feeds its large tourism industry.
New Orleans is one of the top ten most visited cities in America. If you're interested in taking a vacation from working to get some new inspiration this is your place. Our partner, Steve Zikman tell us that he visits the city (when he takes time off from helping others) often because he is a Jazz music lover and loves to indulge in the Creole cuisine. It is known as a great spring break destination for young people as well, and the French Quarter is something that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. And if you're more interested in the natural elements of the area then you can visit Audubon Park and places like the New Orleans Botanical Gardens. You can find a whole sheaf of brochures about all of the attractions that there are throughout this city.
You can't talk about New Orleans without talking about the music. This is a place that sees influences from Europe, Latin America and Africa and has created some sounds that are now known throughout the world. They not only allowed jazz to be created when they welcomed the music of slaves living here many years ago but they also influenced the creation of things like brass bands. You can see everything from Voodoo shops here to museums that celebrate this culture. Today, this is a hub for other forms of rhythm and blues and is the home to several rap artists.