1. New Orleans is a funny and distinctive blend of European cultural heritage (Colonial Spanish and French, Caribbean influences, and Afro-American) which I guess is what makes it special.
2. The bustle of Saturday night on Frenchmen Street, with as many locals as tourists, plus great street musicians
3. Two jazz clubs with live music: Snug Harbor and Preservation Hall, plus a bar called the Blue Nile
4. New Orleans is distinctive with white and pastel-colored, 2-story houses sporting charming wrought-iron balconies. I really like this style of houses, lots have flowers on the balcony’s which must be fun to hang out on. When I say hang out I don’t mean literally.
5. There are also more palatial villas in the Garden District. You might want to see them from the Saint Charles streetcar which is one of the USA’s only mobile national monuments.
6. Fewer bans than elsewhere in America (e.g., drinking alcohol in public is tolerated)
7. Another area of interest is the antique shops of the Magazine district.
8. The emblematic Café du Monde on Decatur Street - a must-see
9. The street musicians on Jackson square
10. Delicious lunch at the stalls of the French market
11. A sort of „Local Bourbon Street”, in the Bywater neighborhood
12. St. Louis Cathedral
1. Bourbon street, smelly noisy, and too crowded, but it still can be fun, Watch the prices. Its too commercial, a touristy bazaar, even worse is the smell of vomit, urine, garbage, and weed!
2. It can make it heavy going particularly as it gets pretty hot with high humidity making you sweat a lot and feel like you’re in a Tennessee Williams play.
3. After dark, it's probably not the best idea to wander off down a dark alley, you may make new friends and see things you never saw before but then again some things are best left to the imagination.
4. The denizens of New Orleans can be friendly but I suppose people get sick of being swamped with gauche tourists. There is also a lot of poverty which can lead to many of the locals being pretty grim with visitors (or maybe they simply don’t feel obligated to smile at strangers?)
5. It's probably not a good idea to mention or ask about Hurricane Katrina. More than one hundred thousand of the poorer people were permanently displaced and in general, I think people are just sick of talking about it.
6. Things like dinner cruises on the Mississippi are overhyped and there are lots of things to do that you can do for yourself. We took the ferry over to Algiers neighborhood . During the crossing, we were told by an Us serviceman not to stray more than one hundred yards from the ferry terminal for fear of our lives. We did however have a good walk around with no problem though doubtless, the neighborhood is on the sketchy side.
7. Then of course there is Mardi Gras. Best to go before the main event as it is not so packed the full-on experience feels a little claustrophobic for my taste.
(Alan Durant, 2020)