With its diverse set of architectural styles, cultural influences and narrow streets it is easy to forget you haven't left the United States. Seasoned residents of most European cities would feel right a home walking the narrow brick streets, admiring the old-world architecture, arched passageways and parterre gardens. Is it ultimately French, Spanish or American? Each distinct style has been blended together so convincingly it's an impossible question to answer. Through its distinct history, New Orleans has managed to pave an identity so unique that it transcends direct comparison. There is perhaps no other place on earth quite like it.