Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop

(Located on the corner of Bourbon and St. Philip) Where would New Orleans be without the legend of the Pirate Lafitte? Well, they would probably be still pretty well off, because they are not wanting for interesting historical characters, but still, he does bring a certain something to the already rich history of the city….

They Call Him Touchdown Jesus

St Anthony’s Garden sits behind the St Louis Cathedral and, although it is fenced off today, was once a popular duelling ground for the French, Spanish and America inhabitants of the city. Duelling in New Orleans was a custom introduced from Europe and, in the early days at least, did not often result in the…

Cafe Du Monde – Romance and Beignets

It’s oft been said that no trip to New Orleans is complete without a trip to Café Du Monde. Funnily enough, I’d visited the city a few times without stopping there, but rather than it being due to ignorance, my reason for giving it a miss had always been the crowds. Despite being open 24…

Madame John’s Legacy – 632 Dumaine Street, New Orleans, LA

(Madame John’s, from the opposite side of the street) The first time I remember seeing Madame John’s Legacy was in the film Interview with the Vampire, in which it features only briefly in a scene where Lestat and Claudia are entertaining a Creole family before (presumably) killing them and drinking their blood. I was about 9…

Ye Olde Pharmacy Museum

It’s been many years since listening to a tour narration has made me so sick to my stomach and that I’ve had to leave the room, despite enjoying the tour content and having a genuine interest in what was being discussed. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not implying that my experience at the New Orleans Pharmacy…

The Sultan’s Palace – Haunted House or Historical Hoax?

One of the most popular (and most historically questionable stops) on a haunted tour of the French Quarter is the infamous Sultan’s Palace. Rather than pulling the story apart, trying to determine fact from fiction, I am going to recap it here as I’ve generally heard it (certain details will change depending on the account…

Cities of the Dead

No trip to New Orleans would be complete without a tour of one of the many cemeteries for which the area is so well known and which, in many cases, have a history equally if not more thrilling than the rest of the city. The oldest surviving cemetery and one synonymous with hauntings and the supernatural…

California Zephyr – A Blessing and Curse

(Classic Zephyr – Don’t be fooled, your car will NOT look like this, we were just lucky enough to have a VIP party travelling with us, who had hired out the re-fitted classic Zephyr car) Taking a long train journey has always been rather close to the top of my bucket list. There’s just something…