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Jazz Fest 2014 is Here!

It's one of our favorite annual events! The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is finally here, and music lovers from around the globe are making their annual pilgrimages to the Crescent City. This year's lineup features Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen,...

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Keeping New Orleans Dry

Thanks to Hurricane Katrina, most people are well aware that New Orleans is located below sea level. Due to the low elevation and proximity to both the Mississippi River and Lake Pontchartrain, the city is surrounded by levees to keep it from sitting unde

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The New Orleans Accent

If you're expecting to hear a Southern accent when you arrive in New Orleans, you'll likely be surprised to hear something that sounds a little more Brooklyn than Southern Belle. Not all New Orleanians have a thick accent, and some natives might not have much of one...

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Mudbugs, Crawdads, and Crawfest!

Crawfest 2014 is coming this weekend on April 5! We're right in the thick of crawfish season, and the mudbugs have never tasted better. This annual music, food, and arts festival hosted by Tulane University will feature 25 local food and art vendors, more than...

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Happy Mardi Gras!

Happy Mardi Gras from Tours by Isabelle! Our offices will be closed today, March 4, 2014, in honor of our city's greatest holiday. Enjoy the parades and stay safe! If you're out of town and want a taste of what we're up to today, check out the ParadeCam over at...

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The Bonnet Carre Spillway

If you join us for a plantation or swamp tour you'll get a chance to cross the Bonnet Carré Spillway, one of the most important engineering structures that helps control the normal flooding of the Mississippi River that occurs in the spring. The Spillway, which runs...

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Mardi Gras Masks

Mardi Gras masks are a longstanding tradition, whether they cover only the wearer's eyes or the entire face. The masks add an element of mystery and intrigue to the festivities surrounding Mardi Gras, and they are probably one of our favorite traditions! The masks...

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Frisco Fest 2014

San Francisco Plantation is always stunning, but you can really get the most out of your visit by joining us the weekend of March 15th and 16th for the annual Frisco Fest, a free festival on the plantation grounds featuring a craft show, bike tours, a car show, pony...

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Cypress in the Swamps

Louisiana's swamps are famous for the beautiful red cypress trees that are so prevalent. Also called bald cypress, these trees are actually a type of pine tree and related to sequoias. Their sap contains tannic acid which works as a natural preservative and a fire...

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What’s With the Baby?

We all know that Mardi Gras season means the advent of those delicious rounds of braided cinnamon dough called King Cakes, but why is there a baby inside? The cakes originated in medieval France and Spain and were brought to Louisiana by the early French and Spanish...

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