Alan Morris in New Orleans.

In 2012 on my Southern States tour I spent a few nights in New Orleans, in the French Quarter on Royal Street.

New Orleans.

I had a look around a lot of New Orleans on different types of sightseeing trips, including a coach tour, a segway tour & just walking around with my Uncle Dave.

I really enjoyed my segway tour & I saw a lot of New Orleans I hadn't seen before, including much of New Orleans that was still flattened after the big hurricane Katrina hit it in 2005. Many of the homeowners didn't have insurance & just left after the hurricane, leaving their destroyed homes as they were. It was quite strange to see the destroyed homes the way they were left amongst reconstructed homes on the same street.

I always enjoy the French Quarter & the market area, my Uncle Dave enjoyed a wander around the area & we had a few cocktails in Bubba Gumps restaurant & bar.

History.

The city is named after the Duke of Orleans, who reigned as Regent for Louis XV from 1715 to 1723, as it was established by French colonists and strongly influenced by their European culture. It is well known for its distinct French & Spanish Creole architecture, as well as its cross-cultural & multilingual heritage. New Orleans is also famous for its cuisine, music (particularly as the birthplace of jazz) & its annual celebrations & festivals, most notably Mardi Gras, dating to French colonial times.

New Orleans is located in southeastern Louisiana, straddling the Mississippi River. The city & parish are bounded by the parishes of St. Tammany to the north, St. Bernard to the east, Plaquemines to the south & Jefferson to the south & west. Lake Pontchartrain, part of which is included in the city limits, lies to the north & Lake Borgne lies to the east.