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Self-guided tour of St. Louis Cemetery #2

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Self-Guided Tour of St Louis Cemetery #2 Note: St. Louis Cemetery #2 is owned by the Archdiocese of New Orleans and is still an active cemetery. Although this self-guided tour focuses on the stories of New Orleans history and culture that can be learned from the cemetery, it is still first and foremost a sacred…

Self-guided French Quarter Food Tour

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It may sound hard to believe, but it is difficult to put together a tasting tour of the French Quarter. Yes, we have a concentration of some of the world’s best restaurants within walking distance of each other, but as an experienced tour operator, I can tell you that these restaurants are not always amenable…

A self-guided tour of Lafayette Cemetery #1

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We visit Lafayette Cemetery #1 twice daily as part of our Garden District tour, but if you want to further explore this treasure on your own, this guide will help you learn more about New Orleans’ oldest city-owned cemetery. Begin at the entrance to Lafayette Cemetery #1…

A Little New Orleans Coffee History

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Suzanne Stone, creator of our Fascinatin’ Women of New Orleans Tour, has compiled for us a little information about New Orleans’ coffee history. Her research was inspired by the Lonsdale mansion, which we visit daily on our Garden District walking tour. Henry Londsale and Rose Nicaud – The Coffee Connection Henry Lonsdale, born in Brooklyn…

The Sugar Kettles of New Orleans

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David Feldman, creator of Lucky Bean Tours’ JFK/Oswald Conspiracy Theory tour, shares his endless fascination with all aspects of Louisiana culture and the history of New Orleans in his examination of the ubiquitous sugar kettles, seen all over Louisiana.  There are at least three sugar kettles on Lucky Bean’s Garden District tour, and three on…

Women in History–Henriette deLille

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Suzanne Stone, creator of Lucky Bean Tours’ French Quarter Fascinatin’ Women tour, continues her series of blog contributions profiling women in history.  This week, Suzanne examines three American women who have become Catholic saints, and one, Henriette deLille, who is on her way to becoming a saint. deLille was born in New Orleans and we…

The J.B.V. Jourdain tomb in St. Louis Cemetery #1

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Guests on my walking tours often ask me to recommend books about New Orleans history, and this is a subject I can surely address. One of the great books about New Orleans is The Great New Orleans Kidnapping Case by Michael A. Ross.  Not only an account of the 1870 kidnapping of a toddler and the investigation…

Lee Harvey Oswald in New Orleans

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  David Feldman, our guide on the JFK/Oswald Conspiracy Theory Tour, provides us with some of the facts surrounding Lee Harvey Oswald’s time in New Orleans before the assassination of President Kennedy in 1963. For an even more in-depth foray into this mystery, and to walk in the steps of Oswald, join David on his…

Women in History — Joan of Arc, Maid of Orleans

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Suzanne Stone, creator of the French Quarter Fascinatin’ Women Tour, continues her Wednesday profiles of important women in history with this overview of the life of Joan of Arc. This week, New Orleans kicks off Carnival Season with the annual Joan of Arc Parade in the French Quarter. The woman who became Saint Joan d’Arc was born…