THE BIG EASY
New Orleans is famous for its bustling nightlife. Bourbon Street in the French Quarter is the irresistible center of action of this capital of jazz music – back in full swing now after the Hurricane Katrina disaster, which left an indelible imprint mostly on the outer parts of town.
A CITY NAMED DESIRE
Founded on May 7, 1718, Nouvelle Orléans was named after Philippe II, prince of France. Ever a wonderfully evocative city, it’s a classic favorite among artists, from Truman Capote to Angelina Jolie. Over the decades it has inspired writers of the caliber of Mark Twain, Lafcadio Hern, John James Audubon, Tennesee Williams (whose celebrated play A Streetcar Named Desire is set in the French Quarter).