Mark Twain once said that New Orleans was one of the only unique American cities... the rest were cookie cutter models of each other. New Orleans is certainly the most European of U.S. cities, and is the largest American city to have once been predominantly French-speaking.
These days, you won't find many New Orleanians speaking French, but that influence remains. The world-famous French Quarter (actually mostly Spanish architecture, but that's a different story!) attracts visitors from across the globe. The 100 blocks that make up the Quarter feature fascinating architecture, great clubs and restaurants, and beautiful parks. The Aquarium of the Americas, Bourbon Street nightlife, French Market, Jackson Square, Royal Street antique shopping and the riverfront Woldenberg Park are just some of the many attractions.
Next door is the Faubourg Marigny, the second oldest neighborhood in town. The Marigny is home to hot jazz clubs, notable restaurants, and several thousand residents. La Maison Marigny, sits at the border of the Quarter and the Marigny... giving you the best of both worlds.
New Orleans' attractions extend well beyond the French Quarter. While here, visit the Audubon Park and Zoo, City Park, the historic Garden District, and Uptown — home of both Loyola and Tulane universities — as well as stately mansions along St. Charles Avenue.
It's important to note that the French Quarter, Faubourg Marigny, Garden District and several other New Orleans neighborhoods did not flood during Hurricane Katrina. These areas are open for business just as before the storm!
Your hosts are great resources...use them to assist you in planning a great trip. John and Dewey will be glad to assist with reservations to their favorite restaurants, such as K-Paul's, Bayona, Restaurant August or Stella. Likewise, the Honey Island Swamp Tour and Tours by Isabelle are among the preferred tour companies.