Tell Us Your Tips for New Orleans

Let’s just take the epigraph from the TV Tropes page for New Orleans , taken from journalist AJ Liebling’s book The Earl of Louisiana :

New Orleans is more like Genoa or Marseille or Beirut or Egyptian Alexandria than New York … New Orleans lies within the orbit of the Hellenistic world that never touched the North Atlantic.

You can also drink alcohol outside from a plastic cup.

There are a couple of tips on this TV Tropes page: don’t try to fake the regional pronunciation of “Nawlins” and expect to get driving directions that relate to the bend of the Mississippi River as it crosses the city, not to the cardinal points. As Wikitravel writes, the four directions in New Orleans are up , down , river and lake .

Residents and visitors of New Orleans, what advice do you have? What is good and bad in a city, what is a tourist to do, and what is a permanent resident to do? What is the key to having a good time during Mardi Gras and what is the best time to visit during the off-season? How do you deal with floods and hurricane seasons? What’s the stupidest thing a visitor could do? What’s the smartest?

What local laws and customs should people know about? What would you like someone to tell you when you first arrived? If you’ve lived there your entire life, what have you learned from this?

We’ll highlight the best tips in the comments section, then present some of them in a new post on Thursday.


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