Easy Breezy French Quarter Tour Maps and Itinerary
Your Easy Breezy French Quarter Tour will traverse approximately ninety blocks between Iberville Street and Esplanade Avenue and between Rampart Street and Decatur Street. As you take in French Quarter sites along the way, we will show you many images on your personal hi-def monitor and tell you interesting stories and facts about New Orleans and Louisiana. Our goal is to make history come alive for you!
Easy Breezy French Quarter Tour: The Mississippi River
As seen in the green portion of the map, we will begin your tour at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel, located at 717 Orleans Street, between Bourbon and Royal. In this sample tour, we begin by visiting the Orleans Ballroom (1) if it is not in use. We will then enter our “Time Machine” to begin our journey to the Mississippi River (4). Along our way, we will present interesting, river-related images and explore why the river is so important to New Orleans and Louisiana life and history. We will also view the Le Petre Mansion (2) to introduce New Orleans folklore, and the J.B. Debois House (3) to see an example of a finely crafted wrought iron balcony dating back over 200 years. When we reach the river, we will exit the vehicle and walk approximately 100 feet to view the “Mighty Mississip” and reveal some surprises about it!
Easy Breezy French Quarter Tour: French Domination
As seen in the red portion of the map, we will depart from the river and journey to the Historic New Orleans Collection (5), where we will again exit the Time Machine for a very short walk to the Collection’s courtyard. On the way to Collection, we will delve into the period of “French Domination,” and we will again display relevant images and recount what happened, why it happened, and where it happened, from 1682 through 1763. Along the way we will point out other interesting sites like the oldest church building in New Orleans (1826) and Congo Square (Louis Armstrong Park) on Rampart Street.
Easy Breezy French Quarter Tour: Spanish Domination and American Domination
As seen in the blue portion of the map, we will depart the Historic New Orleans Collection (5) and continue our motorized tour until we arrive at Jackson Square (16). On this part of the tour we will finish recounting the French Domination with a visit to Bienville Place (6) and then tell stories of the Spanish Domination and of the American Domination. Along the way, there are many interesting sites to see, and the history is nothing short of amazing! Madame John’s Legacy (7) straddles the French, Spanish, and American periods. Laffite’s Blacksmith Bar (8) is the perfect segue into pirates and their role in the Battle of New Orleans. The Old Ursuline Convent (9) also spans the French, Spanish and American periods, and we will recount the Ursuline Nuns’ role in New Orleans history, which include many fascinating anecdotes. Across the street, The Beauregard Keyes House (10) provides the setting for tales of many people from the American period, who were directly or indirectly tied to the residence and had an affect on New Orleans and Louisiana history. The Old US Mint (11), as well as the land on which it stands, is another place where historical events occurred that spanned all three historical periods, and we will recount some of them. From there we will pass the French Market on our way to hear about what occurred in the Lalaurie Mansion (12) in 1832. Continuing down Royal Street, we will see the home of John Gallier, Jr., a prominent architect in his own right. He was the son of one of the most successful architects of the 19th century, who met a watery grave! After Gallier House, we will see the site of the Old US Court House (13), now the home of the Andrew Jackson Hotel. It was in this court house that a Federal Judge fined the “Hero of the Battle of New Orleans” for Contempt of Court right after the battle in 1815! A few doors down, we will see a cast iron Cornstalk Fence (15), one of two prime examples in New Orleans. From there we will disembark at Jackson Square (16) and conclude our tour with a brief visit to the Cabildo, part of the Louisiana State Museum system.