News and Accolades
Two trips abroad coming up later this year:
On May 28 we leave for Barcelona, Spain and then Toulouse, France. These cities and their regions have a shared cultural heritage that we will explore over 15 wonderful days and nights. [TRIP IS FULL]
On November 9 we shove off for Lyon, that capital of gastronomy, for a 9-day wine and gastronomy adventure. See the complete description on the tour page.
We've introduced two exciting new tours! JAZZ! A NEW ORLEANS STORY visits the places where the creators of this original American art form lived and played music. You'll hear samples of the iconic recordings that defined the beginnings of jazz.
CREOLE CITY, CREOLE CUISINE! offers a combination French Quarter walking tour and cooking demo, with lunch included. Check out the complete description on the tour page.
After a wonderful, enriching tour of the French border region of Alsace, we are hard at work planning and researching for next year's trips. Stay tuned - we should be ready to announce our next destination by August or September.
We're proud to be able to offer the gift of MARRIAGE to our touring guests. Would you like to get married in New Orleans, in one of our incomparable heritage sites? Do you imagine a mule-drawn carriage in the French Quarter? A private streetcar on St. Charles Avenue? A gondola in the lagoon at City Park? The sky's the limit. We start with "memorable" and take off from there. The wedding can be pretty much anywhwere, and we will put you in touch with our professional, certified, and wonderful wedding officiant (who also can offer a session of premarital counseling - highly recommended!). Let's talk.
Our 2016 trip to Alsace (based in the city of Strasbourg) has begun to enroll! Join us while there's still room - get details here, and call us at 504 491-2669 or email to reserve your spot.
NOLA DOUBLOON just returned from an adventure-filled exploration of the French region of Brittany, and plans are underway for our upcoming trips abroad in 2015-2016! Find details under the Tours Abroad tab.
The Creativity Collective has added NOLA Doubloon to their Creative Resource Directory! Check it out and see what local projects this group is involved in.
NOLA Doubloon will be giving walking tours in the French Quarter this Spring and Summer in conjunction with The Historic New Orleans Collection's current exhibition: "Purchased Lives: New Orleans and the Domestic Slave Trade, 1808-1865". Tours will help to situate the history of slavery and the slave trade within the French Quarter, while also providing a broader context for the African and Afro-Creole experience in New Orleans from French Colonial times until Emancipation.
Check out NOLA Doubloon's participation at the Louisiana Public History Forum's Second Annual Louisiana Reconstruction Conference (Sat., Feb. 28, 2015) at SUNO. Conference paper: "St. Louis Cemetery #2, Square 3: Paradox and Possibility in an African-American Heritage Site"
Read article by NOLA Doubloon's Michael Batterman on vandalism in the cemeteries, published in the Louisiana Weekly, Dec. 29. 2014: www.louisianaweekly.com/rethinking-a-new-orleans-tradition-in-2015/
Lifecity features NOLA Doubloon as the "Greentrepreneur" of the month!
In your own words:
"We...are so glad we stumbled upon NOLA DOUBLOON....We came away with a new appreciation for the city and its people." (Jasmine, Sept. 2015)
"My wife and I have been on many New Orleans tours. It's a great way to take in the city. This French Quarter tour was definitely the best of the lot." (Mike, May 2015)
"...[the guide's] knowledge of the city's culture, architecture, and history is impressive, and he is very personable and easygoing. We highly recommend taking one or more of these tours." (Jeanne, Nov. 2014)
"...I really appreciated the unique perspective, bringing to light the reality of New Orleans history rather than trying to gloss over it. Well worth the time." (Trish, Nov. 2014)
"...We loved the tour so much we took another the following day...really a must for anyone visiting NOLA." (Bernard, Aug. 2014)
"...both fun and informative for the whole family! [The guide] had great energy and kept things interesing the entire way." (Anne, Aug. 2014)
"...money well spent with part of the proceeds going to preservation projects making it even more worthwhile..." (Kitty, May 2014)
"...What was most pleasant was the casual, unscripted conversations that we were able to have with our guide. He answered every question with detail and made our experience very pleasant. It was like walking through the district wtih a very knowledgeable friend. I would most definitely recommend this tour." (Susan, May 2014)
"Excellent experience!" (Mandy, May 2014)
NOLA Doubloon announces its very first “DOUBLOON SALOON”!
The SALOON is a monthly (-ish) gathering at a New Orleans neighborhood bar, saloon, tavern, pub, lounge, or watering hole to enjoy some jovial company and raise a few bucks for one of our nonprofit preservationist partners.
On Wednesday, October 15, 5-7 pm, the first DOUBLOON SALOON of the season took place at Treo in Mid-City, at 3835 Tulane Avenue (between Jeff Davis Hwy and S. Carrollton Ave).
Donations received supported the restoration of the Marie Laveau tomb in St. Louis Cemetery #1.
These were the various levels of support available:
A $10 donation will get you:
- Red beans and rice from Chef James Cullen
- $5 per glass of red or white wine
- $1 off signature cocktails
- $1 off Día de los Muertos – Death Becomes You Amber Ale (bottle)
- Free walking tour in St. Louis Cemetery #1 with NOLA Doubloon (sign up sheets at event)
- Cool swag from Save Our Cemeteries, along with information on their tomb restoration programs and tours
- Bragging rights for attending the very FIRST “Doubloon Saloon“. Stay tuned for information on the next one!
A $20 donation will get you:
- Free glass of red or white wine
- + Everything else listed above
A $35 donation will get you:
- A one-year membership with Save Our Cemeteries
- + Everything else listed above
A $50 donation will get you:
- A Save Our Cemeteries tee shirt
- + Everything else listed above
NOLA Doubloon operates riveting historical tours of New Orleans.
We DON’T do ghost tours.
We DO donate a full ten percent of proceeds to local preservationist organizations doing vital work to insure that our cherished cultural assets and heritage sites are here for future generations.
AND we’re GREEN! NOLA Doubloon follows sustainable business practices and is socially-‐ and environmentally-‐conscious. We are proud to be a member of LifeCity and to partner with other LifeCity members.
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