Most visitors begin exploring the French Quarter, also known as Vieux Carré, the original city as planned by the French in the early 18th Century. Here lies the infamous Bourbon Street, but of more interest is an elegantly-aged grid of shop fronts, iron lamps and courtyard gardens. This is New Orleans at its most accessible, with great restaurants, chaos-inducing bars and quaint antique shops. (Jon Davison/LPI) (Credit: Jon Davison/LPI)


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