Whoâ€™s NOLA, you say? Isn’t she that woman who sings Come Away With Me and plays the piano? Actually NOLA is a where, not a whoâ€¦New Orleans, LA, to be specific. If youâ€™ve never visited New Orleans, but have always wanted to go, I want to make you aware of an extraordinary person, Cassandra Snyder. If youâ€™ve been to New Orleans and hit all the touristy places and now would like more â€œinsiderâ€ places to go, see, do, I want to make you aware of an extraordinary person, yep, once again Cassandra Snyder.
We first met Cassandra a couple of years ago when she and a dear friend of mine, Dianne Aigaki, offered a tour of New Orleans. My husband and I had never experienced the area, and where impressed with the itinerary Cassandra and Dianne had crafted. We quickly made our reservations.
Needless to say we had a blast. Great food, art, music, and experiences crammed into three days of Cajun goodness. A year later, Dianne passed away from cancer, and Iâ€™ve been grateful we had the time with her in New Orleans. She loved the people and the place deeply, and to witness it through her and Cassandraâ€™s eyes was special.
Today I received an email from Cassandra saying she is honored and inspired to keep the tours going because of Dianne. Cassandra can customize, suggest, create and guide a tour that will leave you smiling for a long, long, time. I know because Iâ€™m still smiling from the evening at Preservation Hall where our group shimmied and gyrated to authentic jazz. And then thereâ€™s Bourbon Street, of course, where almost anything seems to go. But it was the small venues that touched the heart. We visited a remarkable photographer who lights abandoned houses and creates mesmerizing photographs. We had a couple meals on our own where we schmoozed with the locals and felt welcomed. And a tour of a bayou was creepy and wildly gorgeous at the same time.
So, if youâ€™d like to check out Cassandraâ€™s website, go to Soul of Nola
I promise you will have a personalize adventure if you choose to go. Just thinking about our time down there is the best part of my day.