Five Must Do Things in New Orleans

New-orleans10As you might guess, there are a lot of enjoyable things to see and do in a city as culturally rich and diverse as New Orleans. The Crescent City has certainly earned its reputation as a party town, but there are other aspects of the thriving port city that aren’t quite as well known. For those whose visit is a short one, we’ve come up with a short list of things to see and do that covers a wide spectrum of the famous town’s personality.

Bourbon Street – Though best known as a late night party spot that goes into hyper mode during Mardis Gras, Bourbon Street also has a kinder gentler personality during the day. If partying isn’t part of a given trip, an afternoon drink in a quiet atmosphere can be enjoyed in the afternoon. It’s always a great place to people watch no matter the time of day.

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Top 9 Places To Live In Louisiana

Thinking about moving to Louisiana? Taking all fifty American states into consideration, Louisiana rivals only Hawaii and Alaska in extraordinary cultural diversity, fascinating history, and a breathtaking wealth of natural landscapes and ecosystems. Louisiana is also rich in excellent places to make a home. Here’s a short-list of the top ten best places to live in Louisiana.

1.New Orleans

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New Orleans will have to top our list. Who hasn’t dreamt of a visit to the Big Easy? This city is the biggest in the state, and surely the most famous. New Orleans is the mecca of multiculturalism. French, Creole, Spanish, Native American, and Caribbean cultures continue to form a part of this city’s vibrant core. Tulane and Loyola Universities provide the academic anchors of a great tradition.

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Twin Span Bridge Brief History

The Twin Span Bridge is probably one of the most well-known bridges in Louisiana. It covers about 6 miles and it consists of two bridges, each running parallel to one another. The bridge runs across the east end of Lake Pontchartrain. You find this bridge in the southern parts of Louisiana.

THE ORIGINAL CONSTRUCTIONThe original bridges opened up, back in 1965. They opened in December, to be exact. There was a short commencement ceremony to initiate the opening. Each bridge was two lanes wide. Most of the bridge had a 8.5 clearance overhead. So what happened? Hurricane Katrina, is what happened.

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The Attributes of Your Quintessential New Orleans Homes

New Orleans is a bastion of historic architecture, finding its roots in a vibrant multicultural heritage that spans over three hundred years. From creole cottages to the fantastic mansions found on St. Charles, New Orleans is unquestionably a sight to behold. But when you ask a local resident what attributes make the typical home, all you’ll get are ums and ahs.

In this editorial, we’re going to turn you from a casual admirer to a connoisseur of New Orleans architecture. Next time someone asks you about the makeup of the city’s architectural history, you’ll be able to bore your audience to sleep without giving it a second thought (not sure if that’s a good thing!).

Townhouse: Greek Influences

Most people assume that just because New Orleans was part of the French dominion in the New World, Napoleon and friends inspired everything. But nothing could be further from the truth.

New Orleans is a melting pot of a wide range of cultures and one of the least recognised is that of Greece. The ancients were going through a massive revival during the renaissance and the influences seeped into every facet of society, from culture to politics to art. And yes, even architecture.

What you’ll find is that many homes will feature a townhouse-style layout with Greek columns acting as the structural support. Porches are wide and spacious. Intriguingly, a good chunk of such homes also make heavy use of board and batten shutters, giving it that rustic look that we’re accustomed to as well as the mixture of styles within one design.

Creole Cottage: Steeply Pitched Roof

The term ‘steeply pitched’ may not mean anything to you as you read it, but once you see a picture of such a design you’ll recognise it at once. This feature is primarily an attribute found in the creole cottage, arguably the symbol of New Orleans architecture.

The main function of the steeply pitched side gabled roof is to protect homes from rainfall. New Orleans is a city known for its heavy downpours, so this design style was the result of practicality over aesthetics. Nevertheless, the look is now deeply engrained in the city’s visual history and it wouldn’t be the same without it.

The Shotgun: Simple and Basic Turns Elegant

The ‘Shotgun’ style home is narrow, usually less than 12 feet in width. Doors are found on either end. This style is thought to have been wholly developed in New Orleans and as such is the most prevalent in the city.

The first Shotgun home (as far as we know) was built as early as 1848, but the style really took off from the 1920s onwards. They were cheap, easy to manufacture, and well equipped to deal with the local weather. Modern Shotgun homes come in several shapes and sizes, including the ‘Double Shotgun’ and ‘Humpback’. The former is essentially a duplex, while the latter has a small second floor at the back of the home.

New Orleans has a strong tradition that still stands despite the devastating effects of nature. Katrina may have damaged the city, but it has not broken it. We’re glad to say that our heritage has been preserved through the valiant efforts of rebuilders, city planners, and local residents. We encourage you to appreciate our history through our inspiring architecture!