Win a Week in Provence!

75th Anniversary Gala Auction features Le Moulin!

Have you ever dreamt of spending time in a medieval village in Provence, France?  Your dream will come true if you are the successful bidder at our special live auction on the evening of Saturday September 28, 2013 at the Cabildo on Jackson Square at VCPORA’s annual gala, “Vive le Vieux Carré

The pièce de résistance being offered is a week at an 18th century home in the medieval village of Eyguières, France located in the lovely and picturesque province of Provence. The house was built approximately 250 years ago and is located on two acres on the outskirts of the village at the foot of the Apilles Mountains.


The original two story house is shaded by four 250 year old Provencal Plane trees. This main structure has a living room, dining room, library with wifi, and a full gourmet kitchen with attached pantry. The owner’s two bedrooms are on the second floor.  Attached to one end of the main house are the former stables which have been converted into 4 guest bedrooms, each with its own bathroom. There is also a detached former woodshed that has been converted into a guest room which includes a bedroom, bathroom, and sitting area. On the other side of the main house is a two story 100+ year old sawmill which has been completely restored and is used as a grand entertaining room. The mill has a working waterwheel which formerly powered the mill, a dining room table that can seat 12, a large living room couch positioned in front of a fireplace, and a full gymnasium on the mill's mezzanine level. Other Le Moulin amenities include a heated pool with a pool house, and a large outdoor terrace for dining.


The house comes with 2 caretakers, 2 Peugeot convertibles, French TV, satellite TV offering news and programs from England, 6 adult and 2 children’s bicycles, and 2 washers and dryers.  Nearby are the towns of St. Remy de Provence, Avignon, and Le-Baux-de Provence.  The beaches of San Tropez are a 2 hour drive away.

Le Moulin is a perfect place for a family vacation or a group of friends to gather. We hope you will bid on this wonderful auction item donated by one of our members who appreciates historic preservation.

If you love the French Quarter, please join us for this extraordinary event.  Help us celebrate this special occasion and our history of preserving our neighborhood’s culture and architectural heritage.






Is New Orleans "Overbooked?"


Elizabeth Becker, author of the bestselling book “Overbooked,” a critical analysis of the tourism industry, will be in New Orleans this week for two speaking engagements.

The first will be on Wednesday, May 29 at Garden District Books (2727 Prytania St.) at 5:30 p.m., where she will do a book signing.  The second will be on Thursday, May 30 at the Beauregard-Keyes House (1113 Chartres Street) from 6 – 8 p.m. where she will do a presentation followed by a question-and-answer segment.  That event is in partnership with the Vieux Carre Property Owners, Residents and Associates.  A light reception will follow.

Ms. Becker is an award-winning former correspondent for the New York Times and former Senior Foreign Editor at National Public Radio, and has travelled extensively.  Her in-depth research and interviews, conducted literally all over the world, give her an unmatched perspective and insight into tourism.

“New Orleans is in many ways a crucible for the modern tourism industry,” says Meg Lousteau, Executive Director of the Vieux Carre Property Owners, Residents and Associates, whose group has coordinated Ms. Becker's visit.  “The city has announced plans to increase the number of visitors by 50% in the next 5 years.  Tourism is arguably the city’s biggest industry, and we want it to continue to thrive.  But it’s worth learning about tourism management, public policy, and the pluses and minuses of modern mass tourism.”

“VCPORA is pleased to host this event in partnership with the Beauregard-Keyes House,” says president Carol Allen. “Our respective organizations share an interest in cultivating the kind of tourism that respects New Orleans history and celebrates its authentic culture.  What better place to host it than this historic house museum in the French Quarter.”

For further information on Ms. Becker and the book, please see the following pages.

VCPORA is a 75 year old preservation advocacy non-profit organization, the oldest in the state of Louisiana. 
Our mission is to protect and preserve the Vieux Carré as a neighborhood.

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