New Orleans has a cousin, and her name is Mobile. She’s cool and quirky, artsy but down-to-earth, and has a love of fun times and good food that is true to her French roots.

Located 150 miles east of New Orleans on Alabama’s Gulf Coast, Mobile (pronounced Mo-beel and not like a type of phone) has a shared history with the Big Easy. French-Canadian brothers established both colonies, and Mobile was the capital of French Louisiana in 1702 and part of New France for over 60 years.

Despite a (mostly) friendly rivalry, the cousin cities have a lot in common, first and foremost:

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