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.
We are pleased to announce that Tours by Isabelle is the recipient of a 2013 Certificate of Excellence from the travel review stie, TripAdvisor. This prestigious award is given out to only the top 10% of all businesses worldwide listed on TripAdvisor and reflects our consistent high ratings on the site. We would not have received this award without our wonderful Driver Guides, who give such fantastic tours, or without our wonderful guests who take the time to review us on TripAdvisor. Thank you to everyone for your support, and we look forward to continuing to offer outstanding service!
Tours by Isabelle is happy to announce the purchase of a fourth van! Before Hurricane Katrina we once had five vans, but after the damage and devastation of the storm that hit seven and a half years ago we only had one. We have recovered along side our wonderful city, however, and are celebrating being able to offer more tours to the wonderful visitors who have helped rebuild our city! Thank you, and we hope to see you soon.
New Year's Eve is when you find all the biggest parties (except for Mardi Gras, but you'll have to wait a few more weeks for that to start!), and New Orleans is no exception. From Audubon Zoo's popular kiddie party Zoo Year's Eve, starting at 10a.m. on Monday, to the fleur de lis drop in Jackson Square at midnight, there are plenty of ways to join in the fun. If you have kids with you and are looking for family friendly (and bed time friendly) fun, be sure to check out the Children's Museum as well as the zoo. For those without small children and bed times to stick to, the New Orleans Covention and Visitors Bureau has put together a top five list of their favorite activities. And if you're looking for some sight seeing before the party starts, be sure to give us a call–we will be open!
We in New Orleans love our Saints football team, and thanks to their recent victory in the Super Bowl in 2010 the city will be playing host to this year's big game. In anticipation for the hundreds of thousands who will come to Louisiana for the big event, the city of New Orleans has been making some big changes to the downtown area, including a new downtown street car line and an ambitious project to repave all the streets in the French Quarter. Although it does mean some extra construction-induced traffic (and accompanying delays) now, in a few months we'll all be able to appreciate the improvements.
The Times-Picayune originally announced it would cease to publish a daily paper in May
For 175 years we've enjoyed a daily newspaper that has held a place on breakfast tables, in the hands of commuters, and in New Orleanian hearts. This morning, however, we woke up to find that our front porches were empty. The cessation of a daily newspaper in New Orleans, as announced earlier this year, has become a reality and the Times-Picayune is no longer a part of the daily morning routine. Although the Times-Picayune will continue to publish on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, the loss of a daily newspaper makes New Orleans the largest U.S. city without a daily paper, and many are upset about it. Although there have been many rallies, protest, pleas, and letters in the months since the initial announcement was made, the cries to keep the Times-Picayune a daily paper went unheeded. The paper will be stepping up its online coverage, and although print media has been in decline for many years, the popular New Orleans paper will be deeply missed by many residents. And unfortunately for visitors to the city, if you're looking for daily news to leaf through on the balcony of your French Quarter hotel while enjoying a morning cup of chicory coffe, you'll have to look for an out of town source.