Once Spanish and French before it was American, New Orleans is one of the continent’s oldest ports and surrounded by shadowy Mississippi delta bayous. It’s a city different from the rest of America in feeling, tempo, food and speech. It’s a place of unique cultural diversity, everything about it hints of exotic lands, places and people blended together in a marvelously complex way. Read on for the best ways to experience the history of New Orleans on vacation.
New Orleans is different from the rest of America, in culture and in spirit. She’s an old soul. A dowager queen, regal, foreign, mysterious, irresistible, cloaked in filtered light and darkened shadows. Her unique heritage is in evidence everywhere. You notice it in the melodious French street names: Dauphine, Chartres, Barbonne, and on restaurant menus: remoulade, etouffee, beignets. You hear it in the throaty “R” of the spoken words; in the jazz, blues, zydeco sound seeping out of bar doorways and louvered windows, played by street musicians earning a dime, and coming from marching funeral processions, starting out mournfully, ending joyfully.
Experience the dark side of New Orleans with the New Orleans Vampire Tour. Take an eerie walk through the legendary French Quarter while the experienced tour guides regale you with spooky vampire tales, both real and fictional. The tour visits many of the important spots to New Orleans’ vampire lore while the tour guide immerses you in the history and legends surrounding them.
Voodoo is still practiced in New Orleans even though this practice was started almost 1,000 years ago in Africa. It is considered to be a religion that worships one supreme deity and also loas or lwas. The loas are similar to the Saints in the Catholic religion with each loa having a particular purpose to serve. The Voodoo practice believes that Gods or Spirits are able to enter worshipers. This is supposed to help chase away bad luck and illness.
What is better than a cemetery tour in October? A two-hour, October cemetery tour in the oldest, spookiest city in the United States – New Orleans, Louisiana. No trip to New Orleans is complete without a tour of the infamous St. Louis Cemetery #1. Booking your tour with Haunted History Tours guarantees that you will get the most accurate information presented in the most entertaining fashion than any other walking ghost tour in the Big Easy. You will meet your tour guide in the heart of the French Quarter. From there, you will walk through New Orleans’s most famous neighborhood to St. Louis Cemetery #1, final resting place of some of New Orleans’ most famous residents.