The delightful city of New Orleans is next in our series of Dream City Trips. It seems like a fascinating hodge lodge of cultures and history. Originally a French territory, many aspects of French culture prevail. Including delicious pastries and a Catholic flare. It is also situated in the American southeast where slavery was prevalent and black, afro-centric culture is woven into the city’s atmosphere. I think this melding of cultures is found most especially in the grandiose celebrations of Mardi Gras with include voodoo, masquerades, and all comes to a prompt end at midnight on Ash Wednesday when the penitential season of Lent begins. This spectacular city is a must-see for anyone looking for adventure, history, and amazing food.
- St. Louis Cathedral: You know the Catholic millennial trip must include the cathedral of the Archdiocese of New Orleans. I love this one because, as mentioned, New Orleans is home to a lot of French culture. For this reason, the cathedral is named St. Louis after the king of France, Louis IX.
- National World War II Museum: The coolest thing I see on the website is an amazing 4D journey through D-Day. It begins with the Allies planning the invasion all the way through to the beaches at Normandy.
- Preservation Hall: This jazz den was established in 1961. The mission of the hall is to protect and preserve New Orleans Jazz. Is it different than regular jazz? I’m not sure, but I’ll be sure to find out for us when I go. Visitors can learn more about the history of jazz and see a live jazz band fit with all the brass and wind instruments we associate with the bayou.
- New Orleans Museum of Art and Sculpture Garden: The museum houses artifacts and art pieces from a variety of cultures throughout history. The gardens highlight French and American cultures on five acres. The property is home to beautiful large, well established trees like pines, oaks, and magnolias. I’m sure this is a good place to waste a sunny afternoon.
- Superdome: Have I mentioned I’m a fan of football. The Mercedes-Benz Superdome is the home turf of the “who dat” New Orleans Saints. Drew Brees is probably one of my favorite quarterbacks because after winning the Superbowl, he grabbed his wife and nuggets for hugs and kisses, unlike other athletes. After winning championships they grab the champaign, trophy, and ESPN correspondents. I appreciate his priorities.
- The Presbytere: This Louisiana State Museum highlights some of the most famous aspects of Louisiana history Situated in the French Quarter near the Cathedral, it shares the history of Mardi Gras, which dates back to the Middle Ages, and remembers the devastation of Hurricane Katrina when hundreds of Americans lost their lives.
I’m not gonna lie, one of the things that makes me so excited is its French history. The French, historically, were a strong Catholic people. They brought with them their religion and delicious treats like beignets.
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