I spent a month in the Crescent City in February and March this year, neatly straddling Mardi Gras and St Patrick’s Day, two of biggest events in the festival calendar. It is a fabulous city. Historically and culturally fascinating, something is always going on and there are always people around to go do it with. Frenchmen Street is constantly buzzing with music, drinkers and dancers, while the French Quarter’s endless charms can be found just wandering around and soaking it all up. I stood slack-jawed at the world-class collection (and appropriately priced) photographs on display at A Gallery, and enjoyed a fabulous goodbye dinner at Bayona.
New Orleans is not really like other places in America. It’s not really like anywhere else at all. I can’t wait to go back.