As others have mentioned, stay aware. You'll find plenty of interesting people that just want to chat your ear off. But there's others that just want
what you've got. Just don't play the "hey, I'm a dumb tourist" schtick and you'll be alright. For the most part everyone there is just trying to enjoy
Until after Katrina I had very close friends that lived over in Long Beach, MS and I would stay there on my visits. I still go down there twice a year
and I've stayed at a few different places since. My favorite two places in the French Quarter to stay are Maison Dupuy and Le Richelieu. Dupuy is more
or less right off the main stretch of Bourbon, while Le Richelieu is over by the French Market off Esplanade.
If you enjoy a lot of solo acoustic stuff or small trios you should take a stroll over to Balcony Music Club in the evening on the corner of Esplanade
and... I want to say Decatur or Chartres. Or you can pop in at The Spotted Cat late in the evening for some wild jazz over on Frenchman St. Both are
small places and off away from the madness of Bourbon. But you'll never be far from music while you're there.
I can't give you any recommendations on food. I have always loved everything cajun and creole so I would list off more places than you could possibly
go. But, go to Red Fish Grill on Bourbon near Canal St. Get the red fish if they've got it.
And, of course, there are dozens of other things to do and see. Haunted walking tours, visit the cemeteries, go to the voodoo shops, head over to the
Garden District, check out shops on Magazine St, bayou tours, shop the French Market, etc.
I was down there last August 25th through September 4th. Yeah, during the hurricane. It was crazy. No power anywhere. Gay Pride was Labor Day weekend.
Westboro Baptist people wandering about. Sweltering heat and humidity after the hurricane swept through. Lots of visits to the market on the corner
for cold adult beverages and visits to the Hustler Club kept me going. They were some of the few places that had generators.
I love NOLA like few other places.
ETA: Oh, yeah, the shoe thing. Just keep walking. I see that happen every day down there. Usually somewhere in the vicinity of Jackson
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