New Orleans is so much more than just the French Quarter. To be sure, you need to experience that, warts and all. The music, the food, the booze, the artists. But if you go, do make a point of getting outside the Quarter to really get the full experience. Go to the stunning City Park (bigger than NYC's Central Park), ride the antique miniature train, or go on the carousel, see their Museum of Modern Art. Rent a car, go out to the marshes, take a trip on a bayou, visit Plantation Country. This is a state that is governed by its relationship to the water. The Mississippi, and Lake Pontchartrain, play a huge role in the day to day lives of the people who live here.

Pearl River Bayou

Pearl River Bayou

Bayou Critters: Boar #1

Bayou Critters: Boar #1

Bayou Critters: Boar #2

Bayou Critters: Boar #2

Bayou Critters: Baby Boars

Bayou Critters: Baby Boars

Bayou Critters: Great Blue Heron

Bayou Critters: Great Blue Heron

Wrought Iron Gates at Evergreen

Wrought Iron Gates at Evergreen

Laura Plantation

Laura Plantation

Sundown on a Slave Cabin Porch

Sundown on a Slave Cabin Porch

The Ancient Guardians at Oak Alley

The Ancient Guardians at Oak Alley

Tree Bark in the Bayou Sauvage

Tree Bark in the Bayou Sauvage

Lunch Break

Lunch Break

Abandoned

Abandoned

The Conversation

The Conversation

Royal Pharmacy, The French Quarter

Royal Pharmacy, The French Quarter

The Light in the Window

The Light in the Window

Repent ye, Sinners

Repent ye, Sinners

St. Louis Cemetery #3 - Gateway to the Next Life

St. Louis Cemetery #3 - Gateway to the Next Life

St. Louis Cemetery #3 - Boulevard of Souls

St. Louis Cemetery #3 - Boulevard of Souls

A Spot of Tea

A Spot of Tea

Gateway to the Next Life - St. Louis Cemetery #3

Gateway to the Next Life - St. Louis Cemetery #3