I have limited experience actually visiting New Orleans, Louisiana. My college buddies and I took a road trip during exam week that was very short and very memorable. Eventually, my husband and I visited the New Orleans Aquarium. Not exactly full of the Mardi Gras spirit! However, in my reading, I've explored Bourbon Street and the street cafes, along with the unique shops and delicious beignets. I've walked the streets with Ignatius J. Reilly from A Confederacy of Dunces. And I've explored New Orleans through the eyes of Evelyn and her daughter, Jackie, in A Kind of Freedom.