No existing place in New-Orleans preserves more of her magical and haunting flavour than her courtyards….
Walk through locked doors and, surrounded by the stillness of secluded, tropical courtyards, step into the mysterious and remarkable lives of generations of Creoles of New-Orleans. Amid patios of profuse and entangled beauty, meet the spectors of those long dead; the European and African branches of this community. Hear about real men and women, free, enslaved, white, black, colored, lives that were inter-twined and inter-related.
I had found Le Mode Creole online while researching how to see courtyards and gardens in the French Quarter. I am so glad we took this tour as opposed to trying to find these things on our own. Bill was extremely friendly and answered my e-mails and phone calls right away. He met us in the French Quarter where the wonderful Rosemary then led our small group of 7 people on a very informative and authentic walking tour of hidden places. I had been to New Orleans before, but always for work. At night I would wander around and eavesdrop on the other tour groups I would see crowded on the sidewalk while the guide shouted ghost stories and places where Tom and Brad filmed Interview with a Vampire. Not this tour! Rosemary is a true local and literally had the keys to beautiful courtyards and gardens, including the ones behind St. Louis Cathedral and the Pharmacy Museum to name a few. We also saw the tomb of Marie Laveau in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 (which you cannot enter at all without a tour guide). All of this while learning the rich history of New Orleans and its people. This is a fascinating, informative, and extremely well done tour and since they keep the groups smaller, much more personal than anything else you could take in the city. I cannot recommend this one enough! *The our also includes a bathroom stop at a lovely visitor’s center (I think it used to be a train station)
Yay! This is a great tour for anyone wanting to get a taste of the history of the Quarter and also if you want to get access to St. Louis Cemetery No. 1. Bill was a great tour guide. He gave us some great background and told us a few stories and took us through several courtyards and eventually to the cemetery. It was an educational tour (without being boring) with visual aids and plenty of sites to see. We even met Iko, a cockatoo, towards the end of our tour. I would have given 5 stars except for two little snafus. One: it took over a week to get a response to my reservation inquiry (via the form on the website) and two: our tour was actually cancelled due to inclement weather but we were never informed and they had my phone number and email. However, to make it up to us, the guide only charged us $15 each the next day (instead of the full $25) which was rather generous. Lucky for us, my friend and I were pretty quick on our feet and managed to rearrange our schedule a bit so we weren’t overly affected by this change (we were only in NOLA for 72 hours).