Monday, October 2, 2017

It's Always a Carnival at New Orleans|Finding the Best Topographical Wood Art for Your Home


New Orleans is the largest city in Louisiana and a major port in the United States. The city has a rich background, not just in resources, but in multicultural heritage as well. The district is well known for it's French and Spanish Creole architecture.  The place gathered international recognition for its cuisine, music and annual festivities.  New Orleans is the birthplace of jazz and the much anticipated Mardi Gras festivals since the French colonial times. Some say New Orleans is the “most unique” city in the country because of its very diverse culture.

Most tourist destinations are centered in the French Quarter, the heart of New Orleans. To get up close with the city of New Orleans, you can also walk within the city to explore the French Quarter.  Located along the Mississippi River, you can ride horse-drawn carriages see the Bourbon Street and Steamboat Natchez. You can also hop on the historic street car or busses to get to the Garden District and the city museum.

French Quarter

Tourists from around the world travel to New Orleans to see the French Quarter.  The whole district has a unique architecture with lots of restaurants and entertainment throughout the day. Some of the buildings date back 300 years ago with wrought iron designed balconies, red-tiled roofs, and beautiful courtyards. Many of these picturesque buildings are hotels, souvenir shops, art galleries and famous jazz clubs. Try to have your picture taken at Court of Two Sisters, a famous French building located on Royal Street. Keep your eyes out when crossing Bourbon Street; although the streets are safe during the day, it gets pretty crowded and hectic in the night.  To hear traditional jazz music, head to Frenchmen Street where you find restaurants where artistic minds would gather to talk about their passions.

National WWII Museum

The National WWII Museum features exhibits about the war in Pacific and Europe. The museum houses WWII aircraft and film about the war continuously played in their 4D Theater. Feel the experience of the war as your chairs would shake as tanks explode and other sensory experience. To honor the WWII veterans, black and white documentary film shows some of the real life experience they encountered during the war. There are tour guides who would provide facts and snippets about the WWII. One part of the museum is the Stage Door Canteen which features 1940s matinees and dinner shows.

Jackson Square

At the heart of French Quarter lies Jackson Square is formally known as Place de Armes. When you explore the grounds, you will find luscious greeneries and an equestrian statue built in 1856 of General Andrew. You can also find another prominent landmark, the St. Louis Cathedral and state museums like Presbytere and Cabildo. Because of its popularity, it is a favorite place for many artists with restaurants and different shops. Don’t miss out some of the recommended tourist spots like the Moon Walk, a boardwalk along the banks of Mississippi River and the Millhouse. 

New Orleans Museum of Art

Considered as the finest museum in the southern US, New Orleans Museum of Arts it display exhibits from French and American art. They also feature African and Japanese art collection and a variety of exhibitions depending on their themes. The museum also has 60 sculptures displayed in the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden. The garden has beautiful trails that lead to lagoons and soaring oak trees.

Mardi Gras

A trip to New Orleans will not be complete without going to the Mardi Gras festival. New Orleans is synonymous to Mardi Gras, with festivities that last for two weeks. French settlers introduced the tradition which eventually became one of the most popular city events in the world. Plan your vacation in line with the city’s celebration of Mardi Gras. You can enjoy all day celebrations of parades, all sorts of entertainment and other festivities. French Quarter usually gets packed so plan ahead to get the best seat in town. The party intensifies as the event moves closer to its end. People would celebrate Mardi Gras on their balconies, overlooking the parade and decorated floats.

Visiting New Orleans is a wonderful experience! If you want a remembrance of your time in NOLA, you can get a New Orleans 3D Nautical Wood Chart! Carved Lake Art has a wonderful collection of custom topographical wood chart that you can get here 

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