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Location Southeast Louisiana
Climate Generally mild winters and hot sticky summers; high humidity and significant rainfall
Land Area 181 square miles
Population 484,674
Persons Over 65 11.7%
Female Persons 53.1%
Ethnic Groups White 28.1%, Black 67.3%, American Indian 0.2%, Asian 2.3%
Housing Units 215,091
Median Household Income $27,133
Description of Flag Flag of Nevada
 Nevada Flag The Flag of Louisiana contains a group of pelicans, in white and gold, and a white ribbon bearing the state motto, "Union, Justice, and Confidence", on a field of a solid blue.

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Cajun Culture

Louisiana’s Cajun country is actually officially called Acadiana. The area’s unique culture has quite a bit of history behind it. In the early 1600s colonists from France settled in what is now Nova Scotia. The settlers where defined by their family ties and strong Catholic beliefs and lived happily in this area until it fell under British rule in 1713 under the Treaty of Utrecht. The French colonists were defiant of the British rule in many ways and refused to adopt the

Protestant religion. Frustrated with the French, the British government sent troops to remove them. Many were shipped to the West Indies and somehow they ended up in New Orleans. If was here in New Orleans where the unique Cajun culture was born. By the 1900’s folks learned to shy away from their French heritage. Speaking French was considered a sign of ignorance. Today mostly only older Cajuns speak French. The Cajun language evolved over time -- blending English and French. Many Cajun French words are no longer used in France making the language unique. Though, it’s important to remember that Cajun is not a written language only spoken.

Creole is another spoken language that is native to New Orleans. Creole is spoken mostly by blacks and is a combination of African and French dialects. What’s interesting is that folks who speak Cajun and folks who speak Creole can effectively communicate with each other.

Cajuns are friendly, festive people that love food and music. They’re also great storytellers. While visiting New Orleans you’ll gain a deeper understanding and a greater appreciation for the distinctively unique Cajun culture.

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New Orleans Shopping

Along with dining and drinking, shopping is one of the preferred pastimes while in New Orleans. Throughout the French Quarter and the Garden District you’ll find a variety of a designer boutiques, art galleries, and even some department stores nestled in and around New Orleans’ historic buildings. Along Royal Street, located in the heart of the French Quarter, you’ll find art galleries and antique shops. Though many people prefer Magazine Street, the Garden District’s premier shopping street. There are hundreds shops along the

6 mile street and you’re more likely to find bargains here then on Royal Street. Another option is the Canal Place Shopping Center, located at the end of Canal Street where the street reaches the Mississippi. There are about 50 shops located in the Shopping Center that include such stores as Saks of Fifth Avenue, Gucci, and Brooks Brothers. If you’re shopping for bargains or souvenirs, the French Market is another worthwhile option. Though the quality of goods leaves much to be desired.

New Orleans’ offers a shopping experience that is unlike anywhere else.

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New Orleans Restaurants
Read reviews for some of the best restaurants in New Orleans. You'll find the perfect restaurant for your vacation here. Choose a restaurant by cuisine type or visitor rating.
Name Address Phone Cuisine    
 Chateaubriand Steakhouse 310 N. Carrollton Ave. (504) 207-0016 Steak
 Petunia's Restaurant 817 Saint Louis St (504) 522-6440 Cajun
 K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen 416 Chartres St (504) 524-7394 Cajun
 Cafe Du Monde 813 Decatur Street (504) 581-2914 Cajun
 201 Restaurant & Bar 201 Decatur St (504) 561-0007 Louisiana
 Louisanna Bistro 337 Dauphine St (504) 525-3335 American
 Tujague's Restaurant 823 Decatur St (504) 525-8676 Cajun
 The Gumbo Shop 630 Saint Peter Street (504) 525-1486 Cajun
 Adolfo's 611 Frenchmen St (504) 948-3800 Cajun
 Mona Lisa 1212 Royal St (504) 522-6746 Italian
 Nirvana Indian Cuisine 4308 Magazine St (504) 894-9797 Indian
 Bubba Gump Shrimp Co 429 Decatur St (504) 522-5800 Seafood
 Zo 333 Poydras St (504) 207-5018 Cajun
 Antoine's Restaurant 713-717 St Louis St (504) 581-4422 Cajun
 Rib Room 621 St. Louis St (504) 529-7046 Steakhouse
 Sugar Magnolia 1910 Magazine St (504) 529-1110 Cajun
 Arnaud's Restaurant 813 Rue Bienville (504) 523-5433 French
 Bayona 430 Dauphine St (504) 525-4455 French
 Ralph & Kacoo's 519 Toulouse St (504) 522-5226 Seafood
 Galatoire's Restaurant 209 Bourbon St (504) 525-2021 French
 Bourbon House 201 Royal St (504) 522-0111 Cajun
 Cafe Giovanni 117 Decatur Street (504) 529-2154 Italian
 Emeril's 800 Tchoupitoulas St (504) 528-9393 New Orleans
 Napoleon House 500 Chartres St (504) 524-9752 French
 Allegro Bistro 1100 Poydras St Ste 150 (504) 582-2350 American
 Brennan's Restaurant 417 Royal St (504) 525-9711 French
 The Bombay Club 830 Conti Street (504) 586-0972 International
 Le Rouge Restaurant 533 Toulouse St (504) 566-0034 Cajun
 Clover Grill 900 Bourbon Street (504) 598-1010 American
 Bacco 310 Chartres Street (504) 522-2426 Italian


New Orleans Travel Guides
 Frommer's New Orleans
 Lonely Planet New Orleans
 Let's Go New Orleans
 Fodors New Orleans