“My advice to you is to stay for a while in the old section of the city, sit for a time in Jackson Square and let the old world charm you. Give the atmosphere a chance to lull you. Take your time and wander slowly; look twice at the old houses, they are worth it. Talk to the beggars in the street; talk to any one you chance to meet. The natives of the Quarter are pleasant people and they will gladly tell you anything they happen to know.”
— Lyle Saxon, Fabulous New Orleans, 1928.
Sherwood Anderson called the French Quarter the most civilized place in America.
To that distinction, we could also add unique, gritty, inspiring, beautiful, decrepit,
strange, cruel, kind, sad, haunted, lazy, and timeless. The place is literally drenched
with history and is perhaps best described as a living museum, not only of historic
buildings and significant events and colorful characters, but also of an attitude—a
Treasures of the Vieux Carre is not only a collection of ten self-
Each tour contains step by step directions, a detailed map, a brief introductory essay, a recommended reading list and engaging vignettes about multiple points of interest.
Whether you’re interested in where Tennessee Williams used to drink or where Oysters Rockefeller was born or perhaps even where the Sicilian Mafia in America began, this guide will lead you familiar landmarks such as Café du Monde and Jackson Square but also to little known locations such as the balcony Elvis Presley sang from in the film King Creole and the oldest gay bar in the United States. Along the way, you’ll meet pirates and Voodoo Priestesses, explore Creole culture, learn why the French Quarter is the most haunted neighborhood in America, and take in the montage of architectural styles that characterizes the modern day French Quarter.
Tour topics include:
General French Quarter
Architecture and Historic Homes
LGBT+ Historical Interest
Ghosts and Spirits
Jazz and Musical Heritage
Vice and Crime
Frank Perez is a writer and licensed tour guide in New Orleans, Louisiana. A former
college professor, Perez has a B.S. in Criminal Justice and a M.A. in English. He
is also a graduate of the Delgado Community College Professional Tour Guiding Course
as well as the Friends of the Cabildo Tour Guiding Course. He is the co-