That means my triple G (great X3) grandpa came and settled in New Orleans in the early 1800's, a family history that runs back about 200 yrs. I really love New Orleans, I know I am so lucky to have my roots so deep in these swampy soils so many people and critters have been blessed to call home. For instance a secondline parade just rolled down my street yesterday with brass bands and thousands of people from a tradition that started in the early 1700's. And it's not Mardi Gras! :-)
I'd love to tell you about it! And bring you to my family tomb in my neighborhood cemetery and give you a tour of my home through a historic shotgun home. My ancestors are tied into the rich food traditions of New Orleans; from my triple G grandpa selling boudan out of his Creole cottage window in the bywater in the 1800's to today at our local family restaurant.
I'm local through and through and that's what I'm all about. I started giving swamp tours at the Science and Nature Center in high school and college. So I've been giving tours for 20 years! I served in West Africa for Peace Corps and learned even more intimately about the African ties to this city. It was there I learned the real story behind Voodoo and Gombo.
I was here during Hurricane Katrina, my house got 13 feet of water and my neighborhood is only about 40% rebuilt today. I talk about what's real from a very local perspective. I have a passion for people, culture and having a great time in the big easy!
I given hundreds of tours to thousands of people all over the city. From school groups, volunteers, business groups and tourists from around the world! I love people and I guarantee you will fall in love with my city and probably me too! ;-) But that's what New Orleans is all about, being real, being friendly and letting the good times just roll. You'll meet strangers who become friends and this city will become your second home and most people have to come back again and again. I hope to be a part of your New Orleans experience!
A Recent Review of this guide
My wife and I spent a wonderful day with Leanne. She was prompt, friendly and very professional. Her historical knowledge of NO was impressive and most interesting especially her knowledge of the various styles of architecture and the different neighborhoods. Making the tour even more special was her sharing her family's history in NO. We very much enjoyed lunch at Coop's where the locals go. Witnessing a NO funeral was an unexpected and unplanned highlight. Highly recommend her as a guide!
- Tour guide license
- Louisiana Master Naturalist