in a way that insinuated that there were only two places on earth one could be: New Orleans and somewhere ridiculous. "
― Tom Robbins, Jitterbug Perfume
Madame Devalier can certainly be forgiven. My first arrival in New Orleans, more than 30 years ago, was memorable for two reasons: It was the day I made my home here, and the day I fell in love with this irresistible city. There is much here to love: The agreeable climate, the teeming gardens, the ornate streetscapes, and above all, the most hospitable people in the world. In this, the most cosmopolitan of provincial communities, the rich, fragrant essences of hospitality, authenticity and celebration infuse the very air, and inform every aspect of our lives, even in the face of adversity and loss.
Over the course of my long career in the hotel industry, my life's work has rewarded me with countless opportunities to welcome you, the intrepid and curious pilgrim, to the Creole City and to what my favorite singer/songwriter, Mr. John Boutte, intones as the "Eternal Now". It is, by any measure, a labor of deep and abiding love for my one true home.
Here's some truth: The difference between a tourist and an honored guest is the right host. Playing that role is the path to my bliss, and I hope you will think of me not only as your host, but as your faithful guide and friend.
This great city has much more to offer than space permits here, so check out my tour links. Want more? I am always happy to prepare a custom itinerary, based on your tastes and interests.
If you've read this far and you're still with me, say "Hi". I'm sure we'll pass a good time!
A Recent Review of this guide
Thanks Stephen for a great, informative and historical overview of New Orleans. Also for rescuing us from the rain at the cruise terminal. We really enjoyed our time with you and when we come back will take more time and include the WW II museum. It was an unexpected bonus to see your city in the rain and to relate to the role water plays here. Thanks also for the local flavors. See you again.
Licensed tour guide, City of New Orleans, License #17LTG-04231
Independent Hospitality Consultant, Occupational License #105017892
Member, Tour Guides Association of Greater New Orleans