Founded in 1718 by famed French Explorer Jean Batiste Le Mayne, Sieur de Bienville, the French Quarter or Vieux Carre, as we call it in New Orleans, has been home to many infamous inhabitants. From its early beginnings as a French Colony, New Orleans was first settled with the prisoners and prostitutes of Paris's most notorious prisons before adding European Aristocrats, wealthy landed gentry, and infamous Voodoo Queens to her roster.
The French Quarter has witnessed great opulence, decadence, pleasure, and pain for nearly three centuries. The city's contradictory nicknames, "The Big Easy" and "The City That Care Forgot" came from lives lived in the Vieux Carre. Stroll with us through one of the world's most sensuous neighborhoods and the infamous St. Louis #1 Cemetery, the final resting place of the famous Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau. Bask in the rich history and delight in the rare, lush aesthetic that defines the French Quarter.
This tour meets at the Chartres House, 601 Chartres St. (Intersection of Toulouse St. and Chartres St.)