New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

The Muse of the Great American South

French Quarter vs Canal Street
Waiter at Tujague's, an emblematic restaurant-bar in New Orleans.
Ronnel Johnson
Musician Ronnel Johnson after a performance at the unmissable Preservation Hall
Barely Legal
Jazz It Up
1st Line
Saint Louis Cathedral
Maison Jazz
Madison Street
Streetcar on Canal St.
Lafitte Bar
Richard Piano Scott Band
Richard Piano Scott and his band liven up Fritzels Bar, Bourbon Street.
Passers-by pass in front of Muriels, one of the oldest and most renowned restaurants in New Orleans.
General and former President Jackson
Creole Queen
The steamboat Creole Queen sets sail for the Mississippi.
Bourbon Street
Secular Homes
Almost Night, Jackson Square
Pure Burlesque
One of the New Orleans Jazz House's frequent burlesque showings
New Orleans stands out from conservative US backgrounds as the defender of all rights, talents and irreverence. Once French, forever Frenchified, the city of jazz inspires new contagious rhythms, the fusion of ethnicities, cultures, styles and flavors.

The members of the House of Bourbon would turn in their graves if reports reached them from the other world of what became the street named in their name, in the recently founded Nouvelle Orleans.

Dusk after dusk, as the sky darkens above the skyscrapers and pioneering streetcars of Canal St., the lush neon lights of Bourbon Street accentuate.

A horde of revelers who want to decompress and celebrate life invade it, even if it means damaging their health. Little by little, a cannabis aroma spreads.

The bars serve drinks after drinks, from simple beers to New Orleans' most famous cocktails: the Sazerac, the city's official drink.

Os daiquiris locals, the Ramos Gin Fizz and the centuries-old Absynthe Frappes, invented at the Old Absynthe House, one of the city's unmissable “drinking fountains”.

Bourbon Street: the New Orleans of Endless Night

On Bourbon Street, not all drinks became popular due to their elegance and subtlety.

We come across passers-by drinking Hurricanes. Others, sip from Hand Grenades.

Legally served in a mere five French Quarter bars, this blend of vodka, rum, gin and melon liqueur generates a euphoria befitting the surrounding atmosphere.

On Saints game days – the local American football team – the city dresses in gold. As we witnessed in the festive “Upper Quarter Bar”, drink, toast and celebrate with the cadence of each touchdown got.

From bar to bar, dozens of bands and musicians create a growing communal intoxication.

We found a little bit of everything. Piano duets, piercing hard-rock, country music, exhibitions of drag queens in rainbow bars.

And, a short distance away, at The Jazz Playhouse, an even more naked and daring burlesque.

The musical amalgam is renewed. It's back to shuffling around in the bars and stages of the new popular nightlife in Orleans, Frenchmen Street.

Located on the edge of the French Quarter, with its elegant colorful villas, equipped with cast iron balconies and terraces, and interior patios set between walls.

The Cradle and the American Home of Jazz

If we stick to Bourbon, we can still travel through the XNUMXth century jazz of New Orleans.

This is the “old” style that we watch Richard Piano Scott and his band play at the Fritzels Jazz bar, inspired by many of the renowned bands that passed through Preservation Hall during the XNUMXth century.

In an era in which racial segregation was legalized after the American Civil War, this emblematic room hosted performances by pioneers such as Louis Armstrong, Buddy Bolden, and bands, some multiracial, that performed to an enthusiastic mixed audience.

They are also praised by the National Historic Jazz Park, created side by side with Congo Square.

The latter is the open, green space where, during the XNUMXth century, colored inhabitants, whether slaves or already free, met, traded with each other, danced and played drums considered the precursors of jazz.

There they also carried out African rituals later linked to voodoo, another of the cultural esotericisms in which New Orleans became prolific and which the new tourist agents integrated into a panoply of tours. Themed:

those of haunted New Orleans, those of gastronomic, story, de architecture and so many more.

New Orleans, Musician Loading Zone

But, let's return to Preservation Hall.

This hall of winds and percussion has survived segregation and time. It has become a jazz temple of integration and multiculturalism.

This, in the same context in which, in the second half of the XNUMXth century, thousands of musicians other parts of the US., they began to see New Orleans as a safe haven for their talents.

One of the theories behind the nickname “The Big Easy” from the city argues, in fact, that it came from the ease with which musicians found jobs.

The other, still current, resulted from the feeling of relaxation, hedonism and creativity transmitted by residents.

Flagboy Giz and the New Music of New Orleans

Emerging talents like Flagboy Giz immortalize old New Orleans, who makes all his songs celebrations of his indigenous ancestry, the genuine life of the city, the spectacularity of Mardi Gras

and the moving musicians of the First Lines, entertainers of events and events, from birthdays and weddings to funerals.

As Flagboy Giz sings “I fell in love at the second line".

The most famous of the Flagboys fell in love in a procession that followed one of these walking bands.

New Orleans Street Artists

For all purposes, the category includes “entrepreneurs”, and craftspeople and Bourbon Street opportunists.

The masked Darth Vader who plays Céline Dion.

The man with the pin dressed as a pirate, accompanied by a skeleton, who massacres his neck while posing upside down.

The couple who own Burmese pythons who offer them for selfies and petting.

Children playing percussion on sets of buckets. A group of breakdancers who, between performances, practices American football passes.

Another talent to recognize is that, when old people enter, they ask for 20 dollars to tell dirty jokes.

These are examples.

On any given night, Bourbon Street and the surrounding area host countless performances of the most diverse styles.

New Orleans, Bourbon Street, Duet Piano

As does Jackson Square, the riverside heart of New Orleans.

French, briefly, Spanish: the Colonial Genesis of New Orleans

Above all, in front of its Cabildo, the most exuberant Hispanic building, erected between 1763 and 1803.

During this period, as a result of unusual negotiations, the Spanish governed Louisiana. The British had just recovered the colony from the French, after defeating them in the Seven Years' War.

Soon, as compensation for Florida's integration into the British Empire, they ceded it to the Spanish Empire.

In addition to the Cabildo, the Spanish rebuilt the French church of St. Louis, destroyed by the Great Fire of 1788. After half a decade, the church was promoted to the cathedral diocese of New Orleans.

It is one of the oldest churches in continuous use in the USA

Challenging the catholicity of the place, a community of palm readers, tarot readers and the like settles there.

On days of excessive competition, they even extend their convenient prophecies to sections of Bourbon Street.

Andrew Jackson, Jackson Square and the Sweet Magnetism of Café du Monde

On a historical rather than a futurological level, the equestrian statue of General Andrew Jackson stands out in the adjacent garden.

Jackson earned the status of a controversial American hero, praised by admirers for his role in the territorial expansion and consolidation of the United States.

He was elected the seventh president of the USA. He held the position from 1829 to 1837. He died in 1845.

Less than two decades later, a few dozen meters from the monument that honors him, on the edge of the Mississippi, the “Coffee of the world”, another of the Frenchized brand images of Old Carré from New Orleans.

For the convenience of your “beignets” accompanied by coffee-chicory, we adapted it as a favorite stop when recovering from the several dozen kilometers we walked in the city. Apart from the traditional snack, the “Coffee of the world” captivate us with delightful expressions of social harmony.

Typically, a street artist there entertains customers with interpretations of famous North American songs. The unexpected comes from the special appearances.

When less busy, employees offer to replace you and sing one or two of their favorite songs, at times, accompanied by customers.

But the beignet is also an expression, with a rich sugary flavor and texture, of the prolific gastronomy of New Orleans.

The Gastronomy and Prodigious Restaurants of “The Big Easy”

Unlike so many other areas of tasteless, too-fast food in the USA, the Mississippi Crescent City assimilated successive recipes brought by the French, the Spanish, African slaves, Creole and Cajun people – descendants of French-Canadians settled in the areas bayous – of Italians and many others who later migrated there.

Thus, gumbo, jambalaya, stewed crayfish and well-garnished sandwiches such as Po-Boys and “Sicilian” sandwiches were improved. muffalletas.

While it is true that dozens of establishments advertise them, only a few, with an age and spaces befitting the historical richness of New Orleans, serve them perfect or almost perfect.

These include the restaurant elders Muriel's, located in a mid-1856th century building, and Tujague's, a restaurant established in XNUMX and long renowned.

The Mississippi Crescent City

Like everything else, settlers, traders, raiders, and immigrants arrived at the city via the winding Mississippi.

We admired it from the Vue Orleans panoramic top, from the riverside and on board the steamship “Creole Queen”, one of three that delight outsiders with the experience of sailing the Mississippi the old-fashioned way.

Situated just above the mouth of the United States' main river artery, New Orleans occupies the same pivotal position.

Reason for dozens of battles and conflicts, before and after the American Civil War, whose outcome made the end of Slavery possible, as well as libertarian progressivism that continues to favor The Big Easy.


1 – Miami

2 – New Orleans


Book the flight Lisbon – Miami (Florida), United States, with TAP: for from €820.

From Miami, you can take the connection to New Orleans (1h30) for, from €150, round trip.

Where to stay:

The Mercantile Hotel:

Tel.: +1 504 558 1914-1914

Miami, Florida, USA

The Gateway to Latin America

Not only is the privileged location, between a lush ocean and the green of the Everglades, with the vast Caribbean just to the south. It is tropical, climate and cultural comfort and exemplary urban modernity. Increasingly in Spanish, in a Latin American context.
Kennedy Space Center, Florida, United States

The American Space Program Launch Pad

Traveling through Florida, we deviated from the programmed orbit. We point to the Atlantic coast of Merrit Island and Cape Canaveral. There we explored the Kennedy Space Center and followed one of the launches that Space X and the United States are now aiming for in Space.
Everglades National Park, Florida, USA

Florida's Great Weedy River

Anyone who flies over the south of the 27th state is amazed by the green, smooth and soggy vastness that contrasts with the surrounding oceanic tones. This unique U.S. marsh-prairie ecosystem is home to a prolific fauna dominated by 200 of Florida's 1.25 million alligators.
Miami beach, USA

The Beach of All Vanities

Few coasts concentrate, at the same time, so much heat and displays of fame, wealth and glory. Located in the extreme southeast of the USA, Miami Beach is accessible via six bridges that connect it to the rest of Florida. It is meager for the number of souls who desire it.
Saint Augustine, Florida, USA

Back to the Beginnings of Hispanic Florida

The dissemination of tourist attractions of questionable taste becomes superficial if we take into account the historical depth in question. This is the longest inhabited city in the contiguous US. Ever since Spanish explorers founded it in 1565, St. Augustine resists almost anything.
Miami, USA

A Masterpiece of Urban Rehabilitation

At the turn of the 25st century, the Wynwood neighbourhood remained filled with abandoned factories and warehouses and graffiti. Tony Goldman, a shrewd real estate investor, bought more than XNUMX properties and founded a mural park. Much more than honoring graffiti there, Goldman founded the Wynwood Arts District, the great bastion of creativity in Miami.
Key West, USA

The Tropical Wild West of the USA

We've come to the end of the Overseas Highway and the ultimate stronghold of propagandism Florida Keys. The continental United States here they surrender to a dazzling turquoise emerald marine vastness. And to a southern reverie fueled by a kind of Caribbean spell.
Little Havana, USA

Little Havana of the Nonconformists

Over the decades and until today, thousands of Cubans have crossed the Florida Straits in search of the land of freedom and opportunity. With the US a mere 145 km away, many have gone no further. His Little Havana in Miami is today the most emblematic neighborhood of the Cuban diaspora.
San Francisco, USA

The City ​​of Fog

inspired by the past hippie and rocked by cable car trips up and down its hills, the population of San Francisco has become one of the most creative and artistic of the United States. Under the fog, this California metropolis has matured free from prejudice and endures as the great muse of North American socio-cultural innovation.
Florida Keys, USA

The Caribbean Stepping Stone of the USA

Os United States continental islands seem to close to the south in its capricious peninsula of Florida. Don't stop there. More than a hundred islands of coral, sand and mangroves form an eccentric tropical expanse that has long seduced American vacationers.
Las Vegas, USA

World Capital of Weddings vs Sin City

The greed of the game, the lust of prostitution and the widespread ostentation are all part of Las Vegas. Like the chapels that have neither eyes nor ears and promote eccentric, quick and cheap marriages.
Key West, United States

Hemingway's Caribbean Playground

Effusive as ever, Ernest Hemingway called Key West "the best place I've ever been...". In the tropical depths of the contiguous US, he found evasion and crazy, drunken fun. And the inspiration to write with intensity to match.
tombstone, USA

Tombstone: the City Too Hard to Die

Silver veins discovered at the end of the XNUMXth century made Tombstone a prosperous and conflictive mining center on the frontier of the United States to Mexico. Lawrence Kasdan, Kurt Russell, Kevin Costner and other Hollywood directors and actors made famous the Earp brothers and the bloodthirsty duel of “OK Corral”. The Tombstone, which, over time, has claimed so many lives, is about to last.
Grand Canyon, USA

Journey through the Abysmal North America

The Colorado River and tributaries began flowing into the plateau of the same name 17 million years ago and exposed half of Earth's geological past. They also carved one of its most stunning entrails.
Mount Denali, Alaska

The Sacred Ceiling of North America

The Athabascan Indians called him Denali, or the Great, and they revered his haughtiness. This stunning mountain has aroused the greed of climbers and a long succession of record-breaking climbs.
Juneau, Alaska

The Little Capital of Greater Alaska

From June to August, Juneau disappears behind cruise ships that dock at its dockside. Even so, it is in this small capital that the fate of the 49th American state is decided.
Monument Valley, USA

Indians or Cowboys?

Iconic Western filmmakers like John Ford immortalized what is the largest Indian territory in the United States. Today, in the Navajo Nation, the Navajo also live in the shoes of their old enemies.
Talkeetna, Alaska

Talkeetna's Alaska-Style Life

Once a mere mining outpost, Talkeetna rejuvenated in 1950 to serve Mt. McKinley climbers. The town is by far the most alternative and most captivating town between Anchorage and Fairbanks.
Las Vegas, USA

Where sin is always forgiven

Projected from the Mojave Desert like a neon mirage, the North American capital of gaming and entertainment is experienced as a gamble in the dark. Lush and addictive, Vegas neither learns nor regrets.
Navajo nation, USA

The Navajo Nation Lands

From Kayenta to Page, passing through Marble Canyon, we explore the southern Colorado Plateau. Dramatic and desert, the scenery of this indigenous domain, cut out in Arizona, reveals itself to be splendid.
Serengeti, Great Savannah Migration, Tanzania, wildebeest on river
Serengeti NP, Tanzania

The Great Migration of the Endless Savanna

In these prairies that the Masai people say syringet (run forever), millions of wildebeests and other herbivores chase the rains. For predators, their arrival and that of the monsoon are the same salvation.
Prayer flags in Ghyaru, Nepal
Annapurna (circuit)
Annapurna Circuit: 4th – Upper Banana to Ngawal, Nepal

From Nightmare to Dazzle

Unbeknownst to us, we are faced with an ascent that leads us to despair. We pulled our strength as far as possible and reached Ghyaru where we felt closer than ever to the Annapurnas. The rest of the way to Ngawal felt like a kind of extension of the reward.
The Little-Big Senglea II
Architecture & Design
Senglea, Malta

An Overcrowded Malta

At the turn of the 8.000th century, Senglea housed 0.2 inhabitants in 2 km3.000, a European record, today, it has “only” XNUMX neighborhood Christians. It is the smallest, most overcrowded and genuine of the Maltese cities.
Passengers, scenic flights-Southern Alps, New Zealand
Aoraki / Mount Cook, New Zealand

The Aeronautical Conquest of the Southern Alps

In 1955, pilot Harry Wigley created a system for taking off and landing on asphalt or snow. Since then, his company has unveiled, from the air, some of the greatest scenery in Oceania.
The Crucifixion in Helsinki
Ceremonies and Festivities
Helsinki, Finland

A Frigid-Scholarly Via Crucis

When Holy Week arrives, Helsinki shows its belief. Despite the freezing cold, little dressed actors star in a sophisticated re-enactment of Via Crucis through streets full of spectators.
Gyeongbokgung Palace, Seoul, Travel Korea, Color Maneuvers
Alone, South Korea

A Glimpse of Medieval Korea

Gyeongbokgung Palace stands guarded by guardians in silken robes. Together they form a symbol of South Korean identity. Without waiting for it, we ended up finding ourselves in the imperial era of these Asian places.
Tsukiji fish market, Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo, Japan

The Fish Market That Lost its Freshness

In a year, each Japanese eats more than their weight in fish and shellfish. Since 1935, a considerable part was processed and sold in the largest fish market in the world. Tsukiji was terminated in October 2018, and replaced by Toyosu's.
Jok​ülsárlón Lagoon, Iceland

The Chant and the Ice

Created by water from the Arctic Ocean and the melting of Europe's largest glacier, Jokülsárlón forms a frigid and imposing domain. Icelanders revere her and pay her surprising tributes.
4th of July Fireworks-Seward, Alaska, United States
Seward, Alaska

The Longest 4th of July

The independence of the United States is celebrated, in Seward, Alaska, in a modest way. Even so, the 4th of July and its celebration seem to have no end.
Entrance porch in Ellikkalla, Uzbekistan

Journey through the Uzbekistan Pseudo-Roads

Centuries passed. Old and run-down Soviet roads ply deserts and oases once traversed by caravans from the Silk RoadSubject to their yoke for a week, we experience every stop and incursion into Uzbek places, into scenic and historic road rewards.
Vanuatu, Cruise in Wala
Wala, Vanuatu

Cruise ship in Sight, the Fair Settles In

In much of Vanuatu, the days of the population's “good savages” are behind us. In times misunderstood and neglected, money gained value. And when the big ships with tourists arrive off Malekuka, the natives focus on Wala and billing.
Portfolio, Got2Globe, Best Images, Photography, Images, Cleopatra, Dioscorides, Delos, Greece
Got2Globe Photo Portfolio
Got2Globe Portfolio

The Earthly and the Celestial

Shuri Castle in Naha, Okinawa the Empire of the Sun, Japan
Okinawa, Japan

The Little Empire of the Sun

Risen from the devastation caused by World War II, Okinawa has regained the heritage of its secular Ryukyu civilization. Today, this archipelago south of Kyushu is home to a Japan on the shore, anchored by a turquoise Pacific ocean and bathed in a peculiar Japanese tropicalism.
São Jorge, Azores, Fajã dos Vimes
São Jorge, Azores

From Fajã to Fajã

In the Azores, strips of habitable land at the foot of large cliffs abound. No other island has as many fajãs as the more than 70 in the slender and elevated São Jorge. It was in them that the jorgenses settled. Their busy Atlantic lives rest on them.
Era Susi towed by dog, Oulanka, Finland
Winter White
PN Oulanka, Finland

A Slightly Lonesome Wolf

Jukka “Era-Susi” Nordman has created one of the largest packs of sled dogs in the world. He became one of Finland's most iconic characters but remains faithful to his nickname: Wilderness Wolf.
shadow vs light
Kyoto, Japan

The Kyoto Temple Reborn from the Ashes

The Golden Pavilion has been spared destruction several times throughout history, including that of US-dropped bombs, but it did not withstand the mental disturbance of Hayashi Yoken. When we admired him, he looked like never before.
Boat and helmsman, Cayo Los Pájaros, Los Haitises, Dominican Republic
Samaná PeninsulaLos Haitises National Park Dominican Republic

From the Samaná Peninsula to the Dominican Haitises

In the northeast corner of the Dominican Republic, where Caribbean nature still triumphs, we face an Atlantic much more vigorous than expected in these parts. There we ride on a communal basis to the famous Limón waterfall, cross the bay of Samaná and penetrate the remote and exuberant “land of the mountains” that encloses it.
Sheki, Autumn in the Caucasus, Azerbaijan, Autumn Homes
Sheki, Azerbaijan

autumn in the caucasus

Lost among the snowy mountains that separate Europe from Asia, Sheki is one of Azerbaijan's most iconic towns. Its largely silky history includes periods of great harshness. When we visited it, autumn pastels added color to a peculiar post-Soviet and Muslim life.
Cliffs above the Valley of Desolation, near Graaf Reinet, South Africa
Natural Parks
Graaf-Reinet, South Africa

A Boer Spear in South Africa

In early colonial times, Dutch explorers and settlers were terrified of the Karoo, a region of great heat, great cold, great floods and severe droughts. Until the Dutch East India Company founded Graaf-Reinet there. Since then, the fourth oldest city in the rainbow nation it thrived at a fascinating crossroads in its history.
Aloe exalted by the wall of the Great Enclosure, Great Zimbabwe
UNESCO World Heritage
Big Zimbabwe

Great Zimbabwe, Endless Mystery

Between the 1500th and XNUMXth centuries, Bantu peoples built what became the largest medieval city in sub-Saharan Africa. From XNUMX onwards, with the passage of the first Portuguese explorers arriving from Mozambique, the city was already in decline. Its ruins, which inspired the name of the present-day Zimbabwean nation, have many unanswered questions.  
Zorro's mask on display at a dinner at the Pousada Hacienda del Hidalgo, El Fuerte, Sinaloa, Mexico
El Fuerte, Sinaloa, Mexico

Zorro's Cradle

El Fuerte is a colonial city in the Mexican state of Sinaloa. In its history, the birth of Don Diego de La Vega will be recorded, it is said that in a mansion in the town. In his fight against the injustices of the Spanish yoke, Don Diego transformed himself into an elusive masked man. In El Fuerte, the legendary “El Zorro” will always take place.
Cahuita, Costa Rica, Caribbean, beach
Cahuita, Costa Rica

An Adult Return to Cahuita

During a backpacking tour of Costa Rica in 2003, the Caribbean warmth of Cahuita delights us. In 2021, after 18 years, we return. In addition to an expected, but contained modernization and hispanization of the town, little else had changed.
Passage, Tanna, Vanuatu to the West, Meet the Natives
Tanna, Vanuatu

From where Vanuatu Conquered the Western World

The TV show “Meet the Native” took Tanna's tribal representatives to visit Britain and the USA Visiting their island, we realized why nothing excited them more than returning home.
Chepe Express, Chihuahua Al Pacifico Railway
On Rails
Creel to Los Mochis, Mexico

The Barrancas del Cobre & the CHEPE Iron Horse

The Sierra Madre Occidental's relief turned the dream into a construction nightmare that lasted six decades. In 1961, at last, the prodigious Chihuahua al Pacifico Railroad was opened. Its 643km cross some of the most dramatic scenery in Mexico.
Erika Mother

The Philippine Road Lords

With the end of World War II, the Filipinos transformed thousands of abandoned American jeeps and created the national transportation system. Today, the exuberant jeepneys are for the curves.
Women with long hair from Huang Luo, Guangxi, China
Daily life
Longsheng, China

Huang Luo: the Chinese Village of the Longest Hairs

In a multi-ethnic region covered with terraced rice paddies, the women of Huang Luo have surrendered to the same hairy obsession. They let the longest hair in the world grow, years on end, to an average length of 170 to 200 cm. Oddly enough, to keep them beautiful and shiny, they only use water and rice.
Esteros del Iberá, Pantanal Argentina, Alligator
Iberá Wetlands, Argentina

The Pantanal of the Pampas

On the world map, south of the famous brazilian wetland, a little-known flooded region appears, but almost as vast and rich in biodiversity. the Guarani expression Y bera defines it as “shining waters”. The adjective fits more than its strong luminance.
The Sounds, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand
Scenic Flights
Fiordland, New Zealand

The Fjords of the Antipodes

A geological quirk made the Fiordland region the rawest and most imposing in New Zealand. Year after year, many thousands of visitors worship the sub-domain slashed between Te Anau and Milford Sound.