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New Orleans travel guide

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New Orleans is a quirky city with a unique character not quite comparable to any other city in the US or the world. Situated on a swamp, and surrounded by the sea, Lake Pontchartrain and the Mississippi River, the city of New Orleans chose to swim rather than sink with the construction of a system of levees, pumps and canals to protect the city from flooding, but this is in many ways an ongoing battle.

Despite being hit by Hurricane Katrina in August 2005 - a tragedy which left 75 percent of the city flooded - the proud residents of New Orleans have rebuilt their one-of-a-kind city with determination, and for tourists it is once again the vibrant destination it was before the hurricane. The jazz, the extravagant celebrations and the 'Big Easy' lifestyle once again make New Orleans one of the party capitals of America. Local musicians have returned home, after-dark options are burgeoning and the strains of jazz and blues rhythms are once again echoing through the streets of the atmospheric French Quarter. Legendary Bourbon Street continues to host carnivals and parades, including the annual Mardi Gras, which has a reputation for being the most scandalous and sensational event on the world's festival calendar.

Besides all the partying, New Orleans has plenty of serious sightseeing to offer. The city is full of picturesque historic buildings, lush parks, interesting museums displaying everything from voodoo culture to modern technology, riverboats and historic streetcars, and of course jazz cafes. Surviving evidence of the Katrina calamity, and of the population's will to survive and rebuild, have now become sightseeing fodder of a different kind in this resilient city.

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City: °F °C
Day Weather High Low
Friday (White) Medium-level cloud 26°C 23°C
Saturday Heavy rain shower (Day) 28°C 24°C
Sunday Thundery shower (Day) 27°C 20°C
Monday Sunny (Day) 24°C 16°C
Tuesday Sunny (Day) 23°C 15°C

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