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Self-guided tour of St. Louis Cemetery #2

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Self-Guided Tour of St Louis Cemetery #2 We now visit this cemetery twice a day on our Two Cemeteries Tour, but if you can’t tour with us, please use this guide to explore this special, sacred place. Note: St. Louis Cemetery #2 is owned by the Archdiocese of New Orleans and is still an active…

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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***IMPORTANY: The City of New Orleans has closed the cemetery for extensive repairs as of September 09, 2019. There is no projected re-opening date. This article should be used as reference only until the cemetery re-opens. Libby   We visit Lafayette Cemetery #1 twice daily as part of our Garden District tour, but if you…

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…

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…

The Great New Orleans Fire of December 08, 1794

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On any French Quarter walking tour in New Orleans, you will hear the story of the Great Fire of 1788.  But the “other fire” of 1794 gets little attention. In 1794, the city of New Orleans was struck with a devastating fire as it was rebuilding from the first fire.  December 08, 1794 was the…