When tourists or first-time residents come to New Orleans, they have a difficult time understanding the city, and its culture. It looks like no other place in the United States. There first impression usually comes from the appearance of the French Quarter near many of the city's hotels.
It is more than just a few blocks of townhouses and cottages standing side-by-side, up against the sidewalk. The size of the district startles even those well traveled in the rest of the united states.
Visitors are accustomed to such a diversity of people moving at all hours of the day and night in the very center of the city. People then quickly learn that bars have no closing hour, that the food is very spicy, and that the music is sounding off almost everywhere. And they may also take note that the locals speak differently but rarely have southern accents.