Louisiana has long been one of the top movie-making locations in the U.S. but has historically come in third for the most popular locale after California and New York. This spring, that all changed. A study released in March by Film L.A., a Los Angeles not for profit organization that coordinates and processes permits for on-location productions, revealed that Louisiana is now officially the birthplace of more films than any other location worldwide! Tax incentives and stunning locations have been drawing more and more film producers to Louisiana in recent years. A mild climate (most of the year) and low cost of living are added incentives that have made it easy and cost-effective to produce movies in the area. So while you're in the city, keep an eye out for those tell-tale yellow signs that let you know a movie set is nearby!
We are delighted to be able to announce that we have received a 2014 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor! When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honorees that takes into account reviews ratings. Businesses must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, volume and recency of reviews. Additional criteria include a business’ tenure and popularity ranking on the site. Basically, we couldn't have done it without all the support of our wonderful guests who take the time to write reviews after their tours! Thank you to everyone for your continued support and we look forward to serving you in the future!
The Riverwalk Marketplace, a section of shops and restaurants located along the Mississippi in the Central Business District, was historically part of the city's busy shipping industry. After the 1984 World's Fair the area was converted into the mall that now occupies the space. Over the past few years the aging mall has been in a state of revival and redevelopment and the grand reopening will be taking place this Thursday, May 22. The $70 million renovation has brought new stores and restaurants to the mall, including a wide variety ranging from Coach to Cafe du Monde! The opening ceremonies will commence at 9:30am and a full list of retailers and restaurants can be found here.
If you haven’t been to the World War II museum recently you’ll find a new feature next time you’re in town. The newly opened US Freedom Pavilion focuses on telling the story of our nation’s industrial capacity which reached unprecedented heights during WWII while exploring what it was like to be a member of the armed forces on land, at sea, or in the air. The new center features large artifacts from the war, including aicraft, artillery, tanks, and other equipment. The expansive space of the pavilion features elevated catwalks for a dramatic view of the aircraft interspersed with LED screens showing historical films and informational videos.
With the opening of the Freedom Pavilion the museum has also unveiled a new immersive and interactive submarine exhitib based on the last patrol of the USS Tang in the Pacific Theater. This new experience, called Final Mission: The USS Tang Submarine Experience, gives visitors the opportunity to man the positions and perform the battle actions of actual crewmembers–a wonderful activity for both kids and adults.
Even if you’ve previously visited the WWII museum, you’ll want to be sure to return to check out all the new and exciting features of the US Freedom Pavilion. More information on the museum can be found here.
After almost eight years of offering our Post Katrina Tour, the time has come to make it available only as a special or private tour. Although we have had many visitors learn about the full scope of Hurricane Katrina’s devastation and impact on the city, we are now at a point were we no longer feel a need to devote three and a half hours to this incredibly difficult time in our city’s history. For over a year after Hurricane Katrina hit in August of 2005, Tours by Isabelle consisted of nothing but Isabelle herself showing engineers, their families, and, eventually, the first visitors to the city, what had happened to the city, what was left, and what progress was being made. During this time we were the only tour company operating in the city, and as a result the tour drew a lot of press, which can still be found on our press page, and accolades from many visitors and journalists. We will continue to include a great deal of information on this part of the city’s history on our New Orleans City and Katrina Tour, for no matter how much time goes by it will always be important for us to remember the lessons we learned from the levee breaches and flood control system failures from that fateful, frightful summer in 2005 which reshaped our lives and our city.
We are pleased to announce our newest tour, the Literary History French Quarter Walking Tour! This two and a half hour walking tour of the French Quarter expores the literary history of the city and covers all seven of the Literary Landmarks found in New Orleans, including the Hotel Monteleone's Carousel Bar, William Faulkner and Tennessee Williams' homes, the Pontalba Row apartments on Jackson Square, and much more. The tour also cover the influence of New Orleans residents such as Truman Capote, Eudora Welty, and Kate Chopin. This tour is a wonderful opportunity to gain a better understanding of the French Quarter's rich history as it relates to various authors who are icons of the modern literary world. This new tour is led by local writers and historians, and is available only as a private tour. Find more information here or contact us for availability.