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A Tour of New Orleans

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French Quarter


The French Quarter is the oldest and most famous part of New Orleans. Settled in 1718 by Jean Baptiste Lemoyne de Bienville, the French Quarter was the center of New Orleans called Vieux Carre, meaning "Old Square" in French. There is a mélange of French, Spanish, and Anglo-American architectural styles within the quarter, and strict zoning laws are in place to preserve the historic look and feel of the area. Some of the famous sites within the French Quarter include Jackson Square, the French Market, and Bourbon Street.

Fun Fact: The Café du Monde, where hungry patrons can feast on beignets and café au lait spiced with chicory 24 hours a day, is located in the French Quarter.

Photo source: Carol M. Highsmith

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