The French Quarter

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by melissa_bel on July 16, 2004

One of the most charming (but also wildest) area in the U.S. is located in the heart of New Orleans: the "French Quarter" also known in French as le Vieux Carre . The old square (as in square-shaped), a rectangular area neighbourhood that has Bourbon Street as a main axis. This landmark of New Orleans has architecture you’ll find nowhere else in the country with its little house decorated with iron balconies, patios, and hidden courtyards.

It should really be called the "Spanish Quarter" because the city was almost completely destroyed by fire in 1788 and 1794 when it was under Spanish rule. The Governor, Don Francisco Luis Hector, had it rebuilt in Spanish style and most of the buildings in the French Quarter were built at that time. Since its creation, New Orleans had a reputation of being a very tolerant city, maybe a little too much for certain people, and you can witness it during Mardi Gras but also, every night on Bourbon Street.

So, you’ve been warned. If seeing young ladies take off their shirts and bras so they can get a plastic beads from unknown guys who are having a drink on one of the balconies is not your cup of tea, try to avoid the area during night and especially the weekend. I think you can put that on account of the Hurricane, the local cocktail, that you can recognize easily thanks to its red colour and served in a glass that vaguely looks like a giant champagne flute.

French Quarter

New Orleans, Louisiana

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