This tour is a must for all Anne Rice's fans. Anne Rice's Unauthorized French Quarter Tour is a historical fiction tour that blends old New Orleans with present-day New Orleans. This is a 2 to 2 ' tour of the French Quarter and cover Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles and Mayfair Witches novels.

Anne Rice's notoriety as a writer began when Interview with the Vampire, the first book in the Vampire Chronicles, made its debut in 1976. Anne published several books prior to Interview with the Vampire, but none grabbed the imagination of the reader in the same way. The book went on to become a major motion picture starring Tom Cruise. Anne also wrote three books about another supernatural family, the Mayfair Witches.

The French Quarter (Vieux Carr'), New Orleans' (La Nouvelle-Orl'ans) first city, was established in 1718 by French Canadian naval officer Jean Baptiste Bienville. The French Quarter plays a significant role in Anne Rice's novels. It's the place where her characters live, dine, shop, and enjoy the opera and other entertainment.

Interestingly enough, the Vampire Chronicles and the Mayfair Witches had many parallels until they crossed paths in Blackwood Farm. For example, Lestat and Marie Claudette Mayfair arrived in La Nouvelle-Orl'ans in the same year, 1789. Their lives began in New Orleans after family members were killed during the French Revolution. Both spoke French before speaking English. Lestat settled in the savage garden known as the Vieux Carr', a place we now know as the French Quarter.

Characters in both novels attended the same Quadroon Balls, enjoyed the same theaters, frequented the same riverfront bars on Gallatin Street, lived in the same hotels, and owned homes in the same area in the French Quarter and Garden District. Anne not only chronicled the lives of the central characters, but also the actual names of the streets, shops, neighborhoods, and types of transportation in favor at that period in time.

The Anne Rice's Unauthorized French Quarter tour will walk you in the shoes of your favorite character. Learn about New Orleans history and see the city from Lestat, Mona, Michael and other eyes.

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