NOLA! Spice and Everything Nice

NOLA! Spice and Everything Nice, New Orleans, Louisiana (B)

Jazz, Cajun Flavor and Hurricanes (the kind that you drink of course!) New Orleans for a tradeshow? Hell yeah! Given that my friend and I were here for yet another tradeshow we had to use our time wisely and plan out our city explorations to enjoy the most that NOLA has to offer. October weather is just cool enough; a perfect average 70 degrees. Remember, I’m a Floridian, so 70 degrees is “cool” when you’re used to 95 degrees and 100% humidity all the damn time. So here are my top 5 things TO-DO in New Orleans when you’re short for time:

The old French Quarter architecture is full of intricate details and stunning. Jackson Square dates back to 1851 and houses Parisian-style garden areas and the equestrian statue of Andrew Jackson built in 1856. Centered behind Jackson Square you’ll find the St. Louis Cathedral which is a US National Historic Landmark and around the iron fences of the square you’ll find various local artists displaying their artwork proudly.

For me the best part of the trip was booking a traditional New Orleans jazz show at Preservation Hall. And it was so amazing! The venue looked abandoned from the outside with its layers of peeling paint, cracked cement and aged wood planks. Inside, it had that “hole in the wall” vibe and I felt like I had just stumbled upon a secret club. The Jazz Band though…wow…I can still hear it. We enjoyed a full 45 minute set of awesome acoustic live jazz music that would make any of the greats like Louis Armstrong proud. Preservation Hall has been around since the 1960’s and they have multiple nightly concerts. There is limited sitting up front and the rest is standing room, so get there early. A must if you’re ever in New Orleans. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: NOLA! Spice and Everything Nice
Guide Location: USA » New Orleans
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Author: Ana Wildgust
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Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Preservation Hall
  • Jackson Square
  • St. Louis Cathedral
  • Voodoo shop
  • Cafe Du Monde
  • Tableau
  • Pat O’Briens