"Lafayette is like that awesome aunt you have"
The best way to describe Lafayette: that awesome aunt that lives out in the country. She serves the best home style meals (you're always welcome at the table). She throws a great party (you don't need an invite, just come on in). If you know her, you know everyone (there's no strangers in Lafayette, only friends you haven't met). They host over 20 festivals a year that run the gamut on culture, cuisine and communities. Make sure to take a class on Cajun dancing, most restaurants have a night dedicated to Zydeco music, also. Driving around isn't easy, but there's no rush anyway. Courtesy and manners aren't an act, these people have genuine manners. Come home to Lafayette, and experience her hospitality.