Hey RT Convention attendees! Planning to spend all your money on books? Didn’t budget for New Orleans festivities? Well, guess what? There are a few things you can do in NOLA for free. And they aren’t just frivolous little time passers…these are some fun things. Give them a try. You might be surprised.
Visit City Park and stroll through their magnificent Sculpture garden. It is officially called The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at NOMA (New Orleans Museum of Art). And NOMA is free for Louisiana residents on Wednesday if you are local
Walk the streets of the French Quarter, check out Jackson Square and the artists, there is always eye candy
Take a free ferry ride, the Cana Street Ferry is a lot of fun to hitch a ride on and you get a FREE Mississippi tour, they only charge you if you bring your car with you
Visit Woldenberg Riverfront Park and listen to the Steamboat Natchez or the live bands that sometimes play there
Visit the Farmer’s Market you don’t have to buy anything, just look
Le Bon Temps Roule has free oysters and live music every Friday
Starting in spring, every Wednesday there is live music at Lafayette Square
Walk the cemeteries for free (don’t go alone though, go as a group!)
The National Park Service offers a free self-guided audio tour of the French Quarter (419 Decatur Street)
Most of all, enjoy your stay. The best part about New Orleans is that there is plenty to look at. Walk around and enjoy the sights. Have fun and keep an open mind. You don’t have to come to New Orleans just to party.
There are some wonderful things that are just a few blocks from The Mariott. Want a break down? Of course you do!!
Fun Things That Don’t Involve Eating (Usually)
Insectarium. On the corner of N. Peter’s and Canal Street, just two blocks down from the Marriott, is the old Federal Maritime Commission building. Located in the building is the Audubon Insectarium. Even if you aren’t into bugs, this is a cool place to go and visit. Their best feature is the butterfly garden. A beautiful indoor environment to get out of the heat, sit down and see the most beautiful bugs. It was inspired by Japanese culture, including a beautiful koi pond. If you are feeling adventurous, the Insectarium also has some fun things, like a kitchen where you can taste-test bug recipes. The honey roasted crickets were pretty yummy.
Walk a little further and check out The Aquarium of the Americas, they just put in a Mayan reef which I heard is spectacular (end of Canal Street.
Shopping is Right around the corner at The Shops at Canal Place. From Saks to Tiffany’s and even local favorites like Mignon Faget (unique jewelry and home furnishings), this is a great place to pick up a few expensive knick-knacks or a hot outfit. Check out Mignon Faget if you are into sparkly things, Mignon Faget is a New Orleans hot item and all the ladies like to sport her latest fashions. There is also a fantastic movie theater in Canal Place, that boast some really yummy popcorn with truffle oil. This isn’t your ordinary theater. The seating is for only about 30 or so and you can order a bottle of wine and a full dinner. Just a press a button for service. Ticket prices will be a bit higher.
Street Car Rides
Do you have $3 – good! You can take a Street Car down Canal Street or walk across the street and catch the St. Charles Street car – ride it for a great tour of the Garden Distric
For High-Class Eats & Drinks (dress nice!) try these NOLA Favorites:
Palace Cafe. In for some fine dining? Right across the street from the Marriott is a gem called the Palace Cafe. You are going to have to make reservations though, and if you have the kids along with you, this is fine dining, not really for them. Your bill for two people will probably be around $80, without drinks. So, not that expensive as some other fine dining experiences in the area.
The Ritz-Carlton’s Davenport Lounge. Just about five blocks up Canal Street is the Ritz-Carlton and within its depths is the Davenport Lounge, named after it’s headliner, Jeremy Davenport. Here you can actually do Afternoon tea, but that is not the lure. The lure is Jeremy Davenport. If you like Jazz, if you like upscale venues…you need to check out Jeremy Davenport.
The Roosevelt. Still in the mood for upscale venues? Walk across the street from the Ritz-Carlton and into the newly refurbished Roosevelt. Then go to The Sazarac bar. The Sazarac is an old New Orleans tradition and the bar is a legend. Restored to it’s former glory, you’ll be transported back to “good old days,” just if you see Huey P. Long….you might have had too much to drink.
The Carousel Bar – Right around the corner on Royal and Iberville, located in the Hotel Monteleone, you’ll find the famous Carousel Bar. You might think you’ve had too much to drink, but the bar IS actually spinning. It rotates slowly in a circle.
Cafe Giovanni – Located right around the corner on Decatur. You can grab yourself some authentic (or as authentic as we can make it in New Orleans) Italian food. This is a romantic stop and perfect if you get your hands on one of those cover models and hope to impress him 😉 Psst – I hear that the waiter’s sing opera. When I went they didn’t do it, but I believe they’re are certain days when it happens.
Exchange Place – Go a little further into the quarter and find Exchange Place, this cool little alley that boasts one of New Orleans most unique artist’s gallery. Michalopoulos. Then get your swank on at the Pelican Club. One of the best meals I’ve eaten has been at this particular fine establishment. The crab cakes. Yum.
Not in the mood for high-class? Let’s take it back a notch…
Felipe’s Taqueria is right around the corner from The Marriott and one of the best places to get authentic Mexican food in the city. It’s a relaxed environment that will not break your budget. I could eat at Felipe’s daily. Just walk one block South to Decator, take a left and walk two more blocks to Bienville, make a right and walk to N. Peter’s (South). Felipe’s is on the corner of Bienville Street and N. Peter’s.
Acme Oyster House – For the best oysters in the city, not to mention some of the best red beans and rice outside of my Mother’s house, get yourself to Acme. They serve some of the best charbroiled oysters around (aside from Drago’s located in the suburb of Metairie). Prepare to wait in line though, but you don’t have to dress up and you don’t have worry about getting friendly with your neighbors. It’s a tight fit. Acme is located right near Bourbon Street on Iberville, basically, go behind the hotel one block and walk toward Bourbon Street.
Please go without Starbucks for this particular vacation. The PJV recommends two New Orleans local shops, which you should see as your walk around the city. PJ’s and Community. I personally prefer Community, but PJs is still pretty good. Your closest Community is located on the corner of Saint Louis and Decatur. There is a PJs on Canal Street, directly across the street from the Marriott and if I’m not mistaken, they have them in some of the local hotels, like The Monteleone.
Other Hot Recommends:
Daisy Dukes – Damn good Breakfast and to-go cups full of Bloody Marys
Canal Street Ferry – Walk to the Ferry and take a quick trip across the Mississippi for free
Court of Two Sisters – Sunday Brunch – not to be missed
Red Fish Girl – Yum and different
Galatoire’s – A New Orleans tradition. You go there to be seen and to see local and big name celebs. Over-dress and bring $$. They expect you to dine, for hours and drink a lot
Dickie Brennan’s – High priced, but another New Orleans traditional fare, yummy steaks, similar to Ruth’s Chris
Br. B’s – Similar to Dickie Brennan’s, high priced and traditional, great food
Go A Little Further – These Aren’t Right Around The Corner but We Had To Mention Them!
The National D-Day Museum | 945 Magazine St
You will walk out overwhelmed with big feels and proud to be an American. Do. Not. Miss. 10-bajillion stars.
Drago’s | 2 Poydras St
Acme has good oysters, Drago’s is 10x better, but it is not in walking distance
Cochon Butcher | 930 Tchoupitoulas St
If you want to bring back a story of a completely original eatery. Venture to the Butcher. Order a traditiona Cochon du Lait or get a little adventurous and try the alligator sausage
The Best Eats in the City & Burbs (or so we think):
We left off at Muriel’s Jackson Square. Did you stop in for a bite? Jealous just thinking about those yummies! But enough of that, it is time to move on…
Head down St Ann to Royal, make a left and a quick right on Orleans.
Bourbon Orleans Hotel | 717 Orleans St
Before the Bourbon Orleans was a hotel, it was the historic Orleans Ballroom and Theater and then later converted into a convent in the late 1800s. Like the Hotel Monteleone, the Bourbon Orleans hotel is ranked as one of the most haunted hotels in New Orleans and has been featured on psychic reality shows. The specific entities that haunt this hotel include a confederate soldier that haunts the 3rd and 6th floor along with a few nuns and children.
The Yellow Fever epidemic hit the area when the hotel was the convent and a large amount of children died at this location. A small girl child has been reported on the 6th floor playing with her ball. A nun is said to haunt room 644. There are also reports of a lonely dancer that twirls under the ballroom’s chandelier and hides behind the curtains.
Head North past Bourbon, the Sultan’s Palace will be on the left on the corner of Dauphine and Orleans.
THE GARDETTE-LAPRETE HOUSE | 716 Dauphine St
The Sultan’s Palace
The ghost of the sultan is one of the most famous New Orleans French Quarter ghosts. The murdered Turk is still said to wander the halls of the four-story house that he occupied before he was brutally murdered.
Visitors and residents of the home have reported hearing the “tinkle of Oriental music” and the odor of incense floating around the house. Residents have also reported hearing shrill screams coming from different parts of the home.
The sultan himself is the main player of this particular haunting though. He is seen walking around the house looking confused and often seen by onlookers from the sidewalk below as he peers out of the windows. He is distinguished by his foreign “oriental” dress.
Head East on Dauphine and make a right on Dumaine St. Corner of Bourbon & Dumaine.
Cafe Lafitte in Exile | 901 Bourbon St
Cafe Lafitte in Exile is well-known, or more appropriately renown, as one of the oldest gay bars in the country. Because of its longstanding gay patronage, the ghosts that haunt this establishment are said to be gay also, including a poltergeist-type spirit dubbed Mr. Bubbly. Mr. Bubbly likes to pinch guests on the petunia and loves to wave at tourists from the balcony. The bar is also said to be haunted by a few famous ghosts, specifically, playwriter Tennessee Williams and author Truman Capote. Williams can be spotted in his usual spot at the far end of the bar and Capote is often spotted in the stairwell looking to chat it up. Make a left on Bourbon and head East. You can’t miss the blacksmith shop.
Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop | 941 Bourbon St
Lafitte’s Blacksmith shop looks out of place from the buildings that surround it. Yes, it sports the traditional New Orleans shutters, but that is about the only traditional look about it. The squat two-story building is just a little plain house in the middle of grand French Quarter homes and businesses. But the building, while plain, is considered the oldest structure in New Orleans, reportedly constructed in the early 1700s The building is one of only a few of the original French structures remaining in the Quarter.
The building, now a bar, got its name because it was once owned by the pirate, Jean Lafitte, and was his blacksmith shop until he was run out of the area by the authorities. Since you can go in Lafitte’s and poke around, look into the fireplace, which is said to be the focal point of many occurrences, and dark hauntings, according to staff and patrons. Lafitte has also been spotted sitting in the back drinking his favorite beverage and smoking a cigar. If you smell cigar smoke, Lafitte is nearby.
Leave Bourbon and head down St. Phillip toward Decatur. Left on Chartres to the Provincial.
Hotel Provincial | 1024 Chartres St
The Hotel Provincial is a lovely, upscale hotel in the heart of the French Quarter. The hotel is made up of five buildings that each have a lengthy history of their own.
Some of the buildings were used as a Civil War Confederate Hospital where many soldiers died from their war wounds. Building 500 is said to have the most manifestations of hauntings. The building is said to be haunted by soldiers from the 18th and 19th century.
Guests have reported seeing the horrendous view of the military hospital for just a second when the elevator opens to the second floor. Ghostly doctors and patients are seen often reaching for help and moaning their distress to guests.
Hotel Provincial has been named one of the top ten haunted hotels in the U.S.
Head East past Ursulines Ave on the left is the Beauregard-Keyes House.
The Beauregard-Keyes House | 1113 Chartres St
General Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard was a Civil War general in disgrace. Thousands died under his command and he was forced to retreat. The battlefield is said to still haunt his residence and owners have reported seeing General Beauregard himself in full Civil War dress whispering “Shiloh” the name of the battle that disgraced him.
The house has been in existence since 1826 and the Confederate General occupied the home from 1865-66, not a long time, but enough to make quite an impression on the home. An actual battle is supposed to recreate itself in the main hall of the house described as “Men with mangled limbs and blown-away faces swirl in a confused dance of death,” by Victor C. Klein, a New Orleans ghost author. But current museum employees claim these accounts are merely an author’s fantasies and the house is actually only haunted by a few friendly spirits including the spirits of a few animals that don’t want to leave their old home.
Head East to Gov. Nichols and make a left. On the corner of Royal is the LaLaurie Mansion.
The LaLaurie Mansion | 1140 Royal St
Our tour ends at the LaLaurie Mansion. This is THE haunted destination in New Orleans. The LaLaurie Mansion has one of the most sordid and macabre histories, tales of murder, death, torture, and mutilations, all by one couple, the LaLauries. The LaLauries were part of the social elite of New Orleans in the 19th century culture and were celebrated until their extracurricular activities were discovered.
After the couple was forced by a lynch mob to flee their home, the mansion has become a few different venues, a saloon, a girl’s school, music conservatory, apartment building, and furniture store. The home has been owned by actor Nicolas Cage and is now currently a private residence.
Agonized screams have been heard coming from the home along with the figure of a slave girl running across the roof have been seen. Attacks by ghosts have also been reported. Black men in chains that grab for you as you pass, a matron woman standing above a baby’s crib. The property is said to be cursed and everyone that has owned it supposedly ends in ruin, for example, Nicolas Cage’s current career and subsequent bankruptcy even the LaLaurie house was taken from him by the bank.
There have been reports of the current caretakers of the house getting repeated phone calls from the main house’s number even though the number was disconnected after Cage lost the home to foreclosure. The maids have also reported seeing the shape of a body pressed into the duvet right after they made the beds in the morning. Most residents of the house do not stay long.
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It’s New Orl-enz, not New Or-Leenz ← for the love of God, please.
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Only tourists walk around with I <3 New Orleans shirts, or other rip-off touristy tees that you can get on Bourbon, if you want to feel like you fit in and get a NOLA look, grab a tee with a fluer de lis on it, especially black and gold if you are feeling really friendly. Don’t worry, we won’t rat you out to your local team.
If you want your sandwich/burger with lettuce, tomato and onion on it – asked for it DRESSED, or all the fixins. If you want it plain, say plain – not undressed. We’ll just look at ya funny.
It is a Po-Boy – not a Sub, which is shortened for Poor Boy. But no one says Poor Boy in the later generations, but you will still see signs that advertise Poor-Boys.
It’s The Dome – not the Mercedes Benz Superdome…but thanks for turning it purple guys!
We just have to be different, we call them Parishes, not counties, New Orleans is made up of Orleans (you can say it now Or-Leenz) Parish and it’s neighbor is Jefferson and St. Bernard Parishes. St. Tammany Parish is across “The Lake” which is that big lake called Lake Pontchartrain. Pon-cha-train.
The French Quarter is probably the only area of the city you’ll experience in your visit, but it is a tourist area. Most locals visit the French Quarter about once a year, if that. If you want to see “real New Orleans” areas, jump on the Street Car and take it to the Garden District or Mid-City. Stroll down Magazine Street, or go further and visit Lakeview and the shopping on Harrison Ave. Hit the Lakefront and grab some really good seafood.
We call it a Street Car not a trolly. You can take the Street Car all the way to the cemeteries located in Mid City which used to be the outskirts of the city.
It is a Neutral Ground, not a median. That strip in-between streets. You see the French and the Spanish didn’t like each other much and that strip was considered a “Neutral Ground” where they could do business without insulting their French of Spanish sensibilities. When you know someone who is riding on a float during a parade – you gotta ask them “What side?” They’ll respond with “#18 Neutral Ground or Street Side” meaning what side of the float they are on and the float number.
Anything with an oux is oo and eaux is pronounced like an “O” – It is Geaux aka Go – Not Goo. But it is Roux – roo – not Row. I know. Sorry!
Yes, bars do not close in New Orleans. Well most of them don’t. Confession time, I have been in a bar drinking at 7am. I was just leaving.
Lagniappe – Lan-yap – is something free. Or a little bit of extra for free. If I’m giving you a lagniappe – I’m throwing in something extra cause you are a bit of awesome. Like giving your kid a sucker with that beer purchase you just made…
It is a Snowball not a Snow Cone – and you have never tasted anything like it. Get one and leave the Quarter to get one. We recommend: Hansen’s Sno-Bliz (4801 Tchoupitoulas St., (Chop – a – tool – is) or Sal’s Sno-balls (1823 Metairie Road, Metairie)
We do talk funny, but we do not have a Southern Drawl.
We like to separate ourselves from the rest of the people – we barely acknowledge that we are located in Louisiana. We are a unique breed of people. Austin has to post billboards saying “Keep Austin Weird” – we don’t have to post billboards, we know we’re weird. If you don’t believe us – strike up a conversation with your waitress or bartender, even the doorman at your hotel. I bet you’ll know their life story by the end of the conversation. And it will always be interesting.
A lot of our history is Spanish, even though we give it a French name. Most of the French Quarter was actually built by the Spanish after a terrible fire destroyed most of the district. Even Cafe du Monde was actually founded by Spanish. But, don’t bring that up. The traditional iron work that you see on balconies in the French Quarter is actually a Spanish architectural style. Before the fire, balconies were ringed with wooden columns and balustrades.
We bury our dead above ground, not just to be different, but because we literally can’t. It is the same reason why New Orleans homes do not have basements, our ground soil is too wet it would just fill up with water. We call our cemeteries the City of the Dead, and it makes sense, they have little streets and fences around the tomb, just like little houses. We like to be comfortable, even in death.
A second-line is a New Orleans tradition, it’s a sort of dance, more a parade. You grab an umbrella and a napkin and you “parade” around a room or down the street to traditional New Orleans brass band music. It is a New Orleans tradition for a bride to have a fabulously decorated umbrella as one of her “bridal” pieces and she will lead the second-line around the room at the end of her wedding reception.
Darker Tid-Bits – There is a reason why New Orleans is the setting of a lot of Urban Fantasies & Paranormal Romances
The Tomb of Marie Laveau, St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 on Basin Street
New Orleans Voodoo is still a practiced religion to this day. The religion was developed from the West African religion of Vudun and mixed in with Christian beliefs as a way for slaves to save their religions, since it was illegal for them to practice their own religion.
New Orleans residents can not be buried under ground because of the water levels. The bodies would “pop” up out of the ground. My family has told me stories that they saw “old” coffins that had been unearthed after Hurricane Betsy. But, that is my family and I don’t know how reliable that is…
Most hotels in New Orleans are said to be haunted, the most well-known is the Hotel Monteleone and The Pavillion hotel.
Vampire stories are still told about current residents in the French Quarter. One still to this day. Locals and tourist alike have said to be “kissed on the neck” by a handsome stranger outside of a local bar. He is said to hunt in the Faubourg Marigny.
Our funerals are parties, they are called Jazz Funerals, this began during a Yellow Fever outbreak when people carried the bodies through the streets to “confuse” the deceased who they thought were returning to infect the living
New Orleans also has werewolves, it is called the Rougarou, which is very similar to the word loupe garou. The Rougarou hunts the swamps of Southern Louisiana
You can visit Voodoo Queen, Marie Laveau at her gravesite in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, visitors mark her tomb with an X for luck, turn around in a circle three times and then declare the wish out loud. If the wish is granted, you better go back to the site and circle your x – and then leave Laveau an offering…she could always take back her wish. It is disputed that this is actually the gravesite of Laveau.
The St. Louis Cemetery is also considered the most haunted cemetery in the U.S.
Want more of the darker side of New Orleans?
When you see me at RT ask me for a Haunted New Orleans Walking Tour – or check pack for the online version which will be published next week. Here is a preview:
And Finally – if you want to show off your “real face” and are attending RT -leave the link to your website, to say, hey I’ll be there! This is what I look like:
The Haunted New Orleans French Quarter Walking Tour
This has to be one of the biggest printed endeavors I’ve done in a long time, but it is going to be worth it. I have quite an obsession with the Ghosts of New Orleans and judging by the many Haunted Tours and Vampire Tours that slither through the Quarter I’m not alone. But, this way you can do it on your own time and pace.
The book is 12 pages, full color and will cover 14 of New Orleans most Haunted Locations, with descriptions, links to audio commentary and full color pictures. The information will be posted online and available for download in PDF format, with full interactivity for your iPad or Kindle. QR Codes will take you to audio commentary, pictures and longer, historical information about the properties and hauntings.
I will be giving away books to anyone at the con that wants one, or you can download them on my site. Depending on how much advertising I get for the book will determine how many I print out.Unfortunately printing is not cheap. so my starting goal is 100 copies. The ads shown below will just barely cover printing costs. But, I’m dying to do this! This brings us to my next topic…
Advertise In HAUNTED NEW ORLEANS
If you are interested in advertising, email me at email@example.com and I will send you the uncorrected PDF proof. The book is in the process of getting edited and the final images, all shot by my husband who is an amateur photographer, are being optimized. The book will be finalized by next week.
The booklet will go out to RT Attendees that are visiting New Orleans in May and it will also be posted as a PDF and available for download on this blog for free indefinitely. You’ll be able to reach targeted readers with an interest in the supernatural.
Ad spots available:
Half Page Back Cover (1) – $75
Half Feature Vertical Banners (5) $50
Quarter Page Island (1) $65
In the sample page a Half Feature Vertical Banner is shown. If you want to team up with other people to split a banner, like two bloggers that want to put their logo and url – you are more then welcome. Just let me know.
Half Page Back Cover:
With Bleed (Bleeds bottom & right): 8.125 in w x 4.915 in h
Safe Area: 7 w x 4 h
Half Feature Vertical Banners:
No Bleed: 2.2222 in w x 4.75 h
Safe Area: 1.9722 in w x 4.5 in h
Quarter Page Island:
No Bleed: 4.6111 in w x 4.75 in h
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Today, in honor of the RT Convention, this edition of Dishing Junk will focus on dishing some junk about New Orleans.
Things NOT to do in New Orleans
Do not FLASH anyone on Bourbon Street your boobs or ass. They only reward you with a bit of plastic beads that cost about .25¢ and will probably post your picture on the social networks or youtube. You should at least demand more money…
Do not book a balcony room. The only time you want a balcony overlooking Bourbon Street for your hotel room is if you DO NOT want to sleep your entire visit. Update: A few of you asked me to clarify on this point. The reason behind this is the noise level. Remember there is NO CURFEW and there is no decibel restriction in the French Quarter. Bars are open 24/7. And it is a competing sound level from each bar. Not to mention the tourist traps that blare music from their open doors also. So, it’s mainly sound. Balconies are hella fun…we rented one for Superbowl 2009 – see the post here. But, we didn’t sleep in the room, we stayed for the game and WENT HOME. This vid is a good representation of sound level from a balcony.
Do not wear a ton of beads. Mardi Gras was in March, it is the only time that you can walk around with beads around your neck and not look like a tourist. If you want a sign that screams “I’m a tourist, take advantage of me” – wear a shit ton of beads around your neck. In the convention – sure. Out in the French Quarter, not so much.
Do not take a Katrina tour. If your home was flooded, broken into, peed on, pushed through a concrete embankment and turned upside down and then the insurance refused to pay… but then you managed to scrape together a few bucks, rebuild and set up shop in your neighborhood in which only two of your neighbors have rebuilt…would you want a tourist bus coming down your street to gawk at you? Yeah, I thought so.
Do not walk barefoot in the French Quarter. It will be prom season in New Orleans when you are attending the RT Convention. Look for the dumb teenagers walking around with no shoes on in their prom dresses and pray that they don’t end up with Hepatitis. Buy a cheap pair of flip-flops at a tourist shop, but even that is kinda skeevy.
Do not answer anyone that says “I know where you got dem shoes?” They do know where you got dem, you got dem on Bourbon Street, which is where these vultures tend to hang-out.
Do not spend all your time in the French Quarter, there is so much more in New Orleans to do then rat the stinky streets of the Quarter.
Do not wear heels if you are traversing the Quarter. Unless you want to sprain your ankles. Ever walk on cobblestones in heels? Well, if you want to give it a try be my guest. But, you might end of doing #5 before long. Yuck.
Do not be stupid about your purse, wallet or phone. Crime isn’t ridiculous in the city, but it does exist. Place valuables in front pockets and make sure they are slim enough not to “broadcast” their locations. If you use a backpack, have it locked up, same with your purse – it shouldn’t be open and screaming “take me!”
Do notforget your umbrella. It rains daily in New Orleans, most of us, just pull up our big girl panties and sprint through the wetness – but if you don’t want your do getting drowned, bring a brella.
Do not bring valuables with you. Better to just leave them at home. By the time I got married, I didn’t hang out in the Quarter, but friends of mine that were engaged that worked or played in the Quarter…well they had their “cheap” engagement rings. Fake cubic zirconium engagement rings. Just in case. I would just leave my rings at home. But, the point is to not be flashy…just in case.
Do not wander around alone at night. Crime, again is a thing in New Orleans, but it is usually restricted to certain areas. Make sure you stay in the well-lighted more secure areas of the city, don’t wander into cemeteries or bad neighborhoods alone.
Do not walk out with glass – ask for a “to-go cup” and you can travel the streets with plastic! Ask any bartender for a to-go cup and he will know what you are talking about. It’s the glass that the cops frown on, even though you’ll see a few fools walking around with beer bottles, don’t take any chances.
Do not try and hail a cab. This ain’t New York, this is New Orleans. Cabs won’t respond to whistles, if you see one, jump in front of it, waving your hands, or go to a cab stand. Make sure if you do jump out in front of it, you are in a slow-speed area.
Do not buy a shirt from a tourist shop that says, “I got Bourbon faced on Shit street.” It’s only funny for like 1 minute…
As always, stay good. Can’t wait to meet everyone at RT!