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The Language of Louisiana

New Orleans is a very cosmopolitan and multiethnic city. French is still spoken in Southern Louisiana by two very different groups, the French Creole and the Cajuns. Despite what many people believe, the Creole were actually the original French-speaking group in...

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Spanish Architecture in a French City

Although the city of New Orleans was built by Spanish and French colonials, after the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, much of the city was refurbished in the modern Victorian style. As a result, relatively few buildings survive from the original Spanish architects....

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Winter in the Swamp

When people think of swamp tours they also think of alligators. In the winter, the temperature is usually too cool for the gators to surface; when the water temperature is below 76 degrees alligators snuggle deep into the mud and go to sleep. However, with the gators...

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Neighborhood Spotlight: The Marigny

The Marigny district, or Faubourg Marigny, is the second oldest neighborhood in New Orleans. Bordering the French Quarter on the East, the Marigny district was named after Bernard de Marigny, a very wealthy French Creole aristocrat who amassed a huge fortune from his...

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French Quarter Architecture

There are so many delightful architectural finds in New Orleans, but especially in the French Quarter, or Vieux Carre, the oldest part of the city. Here you'll find old world-style cobble stone streets, complete with the traditional banquette, an old Creole French...

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It’s Po-Boy Time!

One of the most beloved local festivals is coming on Sunday: the Oak Street Po-Boy Festival! Any fan of the classic New Orleans sandwhich, whether of the simple roast beef variety or the fancier filet and oyster combos is sure to find something deliciously delightful...

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Top Chef New Orleans!

If you're a fan of the popular cooking competition shows that can be found virtually any time of night these days, you have likely seen Top Chef, and may even be watching the current season which takes place right here in New Orleans. This city is such a great...

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Cast Iron NOLA

Cast Iron Door on Chartres St: A quick glance at almost any old building in New Orleans and you're sure to spot some decorative cast iron, whether in a fence, on a window, or covering a door. These beautiful artistic touches are a long standing staple of...

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Birds of the Louisiana Swamps

There are many wonderful things to see in the swamp all year round, but after the gators the birds are by far the biggest attraction. Among the many species on display in and around the bayous are great egrets, snowy egrets, cattle egrets, tricolored heron, little...

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