The Big Easy

Pronunciation is everything. Say “noo-or-LEENZ” and you are marked for a tourist. Instead when heading down south to New Orleans relax your mouth and let it drawl out “noo-AW-linz” or “noo-OR-linz” just like a native. 

When you travel to the Big Easy it’s is best to have great luggage to meet any adventures you desire. The Samsonite Hyperspace line is a great match a New Orleans’ itinerary, with a Boarding Bag, Spinner Garment Bag and 21, 26 and 31-inch expandable spinners.

Those who solely think of Bourbon Street and the French Quarter when they think of this vibrant city are missing much of her charms. So let us use the neighborhood as a hub and head out first to places best visited early in the morning due to the warm and gooey humidity found through many of the seasons.

New Orleans StreetcarHave $1.25 in exact change and hop aboard the St. Charles Avenue streetcar at the corner of Carondelet and Canal.  Having served the city, uninterrupted, for close to 130 years this streetcar is the last of the vehicles that once served as the inspiration for playwright Tennessee Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire”. A one-way trip takes approximately 45 minutes and winds through the Central Business District into the architecturally rich and diverse Garden District with its mansions surrounded by mounds of lush greenery. And treat yourself to a Garden District walking tour to better appreciate the 19th century Victorian houses festooned with graceful gingerbread features. Continue Reading »