Vic, who runs The Jazz Quarters introduced me to Mark Pruess a few months back when I started planning my trip. What I didn’t know then was that he hooked me up with the best tour guide in NOLA. He paints pictures with his words and tours. He shows you the magic and the colors of his fair city. He picked me up from the airport with no fuss or muss, and he gave me a nice 2 hours tour on my first day in town. But he tends to shy away from the typical tourist spots, Mark gave me the lay of the land.
When I arrived on Sunday I saw on the airport TV that the Saints were playing. Well, the city was all abuzz and The Super Dome was very close to B on Canal, my first hotel stop. Needless to say that the Saints won and Mark warned me that the area would be going crazy with revelers. He was so right. Indeed a man who knows his city. I dropped off my luggage and went to Frenchman street and heard some great music, and on my way back it was super hard to get an Uber, the streets were all in party mode.
Monday he took me through many different neighborhoods and explained the history of each. We did some shopping stops, but he took me to the bar “Vaughn’s” were Green Book was filmed and had the bar mistress “Crinkle” make us some Bloody Marys’ with okra and pickled green beans, how delicious. We also tried a Snowball at another place, Williams Plum Street Snowball, which was so good! Another off the beaten path kind of experience that only Mark could show me. Unique and different, he is both creative and knowledgeable. He just has an intuition as to what you would like to see. He is just amazing.
If you’re interested in a tour that is not a typical tourist adventure then you should try NOLA DeTours, Mark will give you some great tips and the history of the city that he really knows so well.
NOLA DeTours’ Promise to You:
Something different, flexible, creative, yet true to history… NOLA Detours strives to show what the city’s all about with small walking and driving tours that stray from typical tourist spots. You deserve authentic yet affordable experiences. Mark is a lifelong resident of New Orleans and was raised in the French Quarter hospitality industry. He takes pride in the city being one of the most interesting places in the world. The various tours are tailored to show you around New Orleans as personally and as locally as it gets! He strives in customizing each tour to tailor your needs to make the most genuine New Orleans experience possible. Mark is German and speaks German fluently for all of the German tourists. You will be picked up in front of your hotel by either a sedan or a passenger van, depending upon your needs. Most tours will run rain or shine.
A perfect way to see the Crescent City!!
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