We’d been hearing a lot about New Orleans, or Nola in short, and what a fun place it is especially during Mardi Gras season. Although we came in Thanksgiving instead of Mardi Gras, we could still feel a lot of the vibrant energy that makes Nola one of the most exciting cities in the south.
Nola’s history is to thank for its charm – being once a French territory then coming into Spanish control, and then back to France before being bought by the United States. The European touch can still be strongly felt with the abundance of European architecture and streets. From houses with beautiful verandas and streets with their earlier Spanish names on placards, and the oldest section of the city being one of the busiest too – the French Quarter. But nonetheless, Americans and Africans have done a great job integrating their culture with the history of the old city, with the inclusion of jazz, arts, and food.
One of the things I loved the most from the trip was undoubtedly the delicious Creole cuisine. The city’s history of being a melting pot of French, African and American cultures have concocted delicious dishes like gumbo, jambalaya, po’ boys, shrimp creole, and my favorite – crawfish pie.