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Words that describe the cuisine of New Orleans can also be used to define the flavor of the city: The people are a roux of French, Spanish, African, English and Native American heritage, and their cultures combine to create a rich gumbo of experiences to satisfy every taste.
Since it’s impossible to “see” the city in a short time, it’s best to concentrate on a geographic section or a specific interest. History, culture, cuisine, voodoo, churches, cemeteries, Civil War sites, ghosts, vampires, music, art, plantations, swamps, and more can be explored via tour bus, bicycle, foot, Segway or paddleboard. To get the lay of the land in a relatively short amount of time, take a tour on one of the City Sightseeing New Orleans’s opentop double-decker buses. The hop-on, hop-off plan offers maximum flexibility, and stops include the St. Louis Cemetery, Mardi Gras World, the French Market and the National World War II Museum (tip: the museum features a Tom Hanks-produced film and has an on-site restaurant that serves excellent vintage cocktails).
Tie up at Orleans Marina (504-288-2351, marinasinneworleans.com), a quick stroll from downtown, or save 10 percent on transient dockage as a Marinalife member at Seabrook Marine (504-283-9801, seabrookmarine.com). With all there is to see and do in the city, it might be hard to tear yourself away, but weekend adventures await along the 62 miles of Mississippi’s Gulf Coast to the northeast. Rich in charm and personality — as well as a fascinating history that includes French and Spanish settlements, the Civil War, oil exploration and several devastating hurricanes — the region’s people and environment possess a spirit of survival that cannot be eroded.
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