Last summer, after 9 months of working long hours with mostly no observed weekends, we took a vacation. Now, you might think that New Orleans in July is a terrible idea. On the one hand, it’s as hot and humid as it gets. On the other hand, NOLA doesn’t care about things like dress codes, and you’ve got the place mostly to yourself as far as tourism goes. We stayed in the French quarter through a package deal, and did not rent a car, instead opting for a cab to and from the airport, and public transit for the rest.