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New Orleans, Louisiana is unlike any other city in the world. It is all at once modern, historic, traditional and festive. Every time I've been there, I've experienced their world-class cuisine, their musical interludes, their incredibly friendly people and the beautiful architecture. The only thing that bothered me to an extent with regards to New Orleans is that I had never taken some time to just explore what life is like there. I've always been swept up in the whirlwind that is The Crescent City and suddenly realized that it was time to fly home. I didn't want that to happen again, so I recently booked a trip there with friends and instead of leaving with my friends, I decided to stay for an extra day. I wanted to use that day to see what things were like on a different level. I wanted to spend 24 hours in the Garden District. I wasn't concerned about finding a place to stay, either, as I would simply open my HotelTonight app when I was ready to relax and cool my feet in a Garden District New Orleans hotel room.

The History

Everything in New Orleans looks historic to me, but the Garden District is especially historic. The first buildings in the neighborhood were built just after the turn of the 19th century. That's correct--more than 200 years ago. This history is still on display today, as you can walk around and look at majestic homes that are well over 100 years old and fountains that are of approximately the same age. This is one of those areas that was built in a certain way and remained that way simply because the people who live here wanted to protect it. It was a worthwhile effort.

The Open Spaces

One of the things that I really don't think of when it comes to New Orleans is a lot of open space. There are squares and the like that you will see when walking around, but for the most part New Orleans is relatively compact. That's not the case all the way through the Garden District. There are a lot of little parks that dot the landscape, and they are breathtakingly beautiful. The trees are enormous and older than even the homes, the Spanish moss adds an eerie beauty to the entire scene and the whole experience is like something out of a classic novel.

The Cuisine

I don't think I look forward to anything more than meal time when I'm in the Big Easy. A lady in the neighborhood told me about a Creole place that had been around for a long time, so that's where I decided to have dinner. It was a good decision. The jambalaya had shrimp in it that were a meal by themselves, and the seasoning was something that you knew had been perfected over the course of several generations.

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I was more than full after such a great dinner, and I was more than ready to relax after such a great day. I opened my HotelTonight app and booked a Garden District New Orleans hotel in seconds. I couldn't wait to fall into a deep sleep.