Telling the tales of the city, a Vieux Carre' (French Quarter) guide leads a group tourists through the fascinating history of river bank settlement wrought with irony and intrique. Pirates, crevasses, hurricanes, malaria, deadly duels -- the affairs of God and men come together in this 78-square block center of New Orleans, born in 1718 as a French territory.
Probably no group was hit harder by Hurricane Katrina that these troubadors, who, because of a lack of tourists, had no one to tell their tales to. But during a short walk through quarter the other day, I ran into a couple handfuls of these travelling theatres. Their business seems flourishing. If you really want to understand New Orleans, this is an indispensible buggy ride.