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Le Monde Creole is a living history of the Locoul family through five generations. Shrouded by trees and plants, walk around the long courtyards, the patios and witness the journey of the family home through the turbulent times of American history. Pre-arranged tours are available in English and French, just call in advance. You will be taken through the French Quarter, eerie cemeteries and narrow passageways. Smoking is not allowed. Tours generally last for about two hours. Open daily 10.30a onwards.
The center of all cultural activities, the French Quarter is the oldest neighborhood in New Orleans. The city of New Orleans was literally built around the main square of what was then known as the Vieux Carré after the city's founding in 1718. However, most of the area's buildings come from the early 19th Century, when the city was acquired in the Louisiana Purchase. Although originally settled by French Creoles, by the early 20th Century they were mostly gone from the French Quarter and bohemian culture began to boom in the area. Today, you will pass architectural delights like Jackson Square and its Saint Louis Cathedral as you saunter down the streets. The French Quarter's single most famous landmark, Bourbon Street, is a nightlife mainstay, being the main drag of Mardi Gras. Replete with rich architectural history and cultural implications, the French quarter is thronged by people of all ages.
Hermann-Grima House is a historic home of a prosperous Creole family who enjoyed an exquisitely elegant lifestyle. Built in 1831, this beautiful Federal mansion has a rear gallery that overlooks a beautiful courtyard. The huge central hall and gracefully curved staircases give you the feel of the bygone Golden age of New Orleans. Original beds, antique furniture and other items displayed lets you take a peep into the daily life of American Creole families before the Civil war. Restored to its original splendor fastidiously, the huge mansion showcases American architecture of 1800s. Tours are conducted Monday to Friday at 10 am, 11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm.
In 1840 plans were put into place to commission a statue of Andrew Jackson for the center of Jackson Square. The bronze statue of General Jackson atop his horse was completed on December 1, 1855, but was not unveiled in New Orleans until February 9, 1856. A crowd of nearly 25,000 people gathered around Jackson Square for the unveiling ceremony. Artist Clark Mills designed the statue at a cost of $30,000. The Louisiana legislature also had allocated $10,000 for the project. Most of the remaining funding for the project is said to have been donated by the Baroness Micaela Almonaster de Pontalba.
Royal Street is one of the oldest streets in the city, well known for its businesses that deal in antiques and artwork from all over the world. This impressive street is surrounded by French and Spanish colonial architecture on all sides and emanates a distinct old-worldly look. The shops dotting this street are filled with consumers having an eye for quality, authenticity and detail. The quality of merchandise is unmatched and sometimes, just talking to the shop owners can be an educative experience. Make this street your next shopping destination for all that is antique and unique.
You can find this historical landmark in the middle of the French Quarter on one of the city's busiest streets. 1850 House was designed by the famous James Gallier Sr., whose Gallier House is also a historical landmark. Both the upper and lower areas are an excellent representation of life in New Orleans in the mid-1800s. The interior depicts striking differences between the lifestyles of an upper middle class family and the servants who worked for them. This well-preserved townhouse is one of two historic structures formerly owned by Baroness Micaela Pontalba. There is a gift shop and bookstore on the first floor.
Jackson Square, in the heart of the French Quarter, has been around since the 1700's when it was originally known as the Place d'Armes. The center of the park showcases a large statue of Andrew Jackson. The square is surrounded by historic buildings including the St. Louis Cathedral, which is a minor Basilica. The old city hall in the square is where the ultimate version of the Louisiana Purchase was signed. The square was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1960.
Natchez Steamboat features full-service catering from the on-board galley and is docked at the back of JAX Brewery. This three-decked stern-wheeler offers two cruises daily with narration by a professional guide. For your dining and listening pleasure, there is a cocktail bar, live jazz and an optional Creole buffet. Dinner prices are not included in the cost of admission. Children under three ride free. Reservations are required, so call to confirm schedule and prices.