Entries for March, 2011

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Rock N Soul and History: Museums in Memphis

Rock N Soul and History: Museums in Memphis

March 30, 2011 No Comments Memphis Tennessee isn’t just about bar b q and the tourist-centered fun of Beale Street’s music emporiums. It’s not all about Elvis’ Graceland, with its myriad of tours and tourist hordes, either. While Graceland is synonymous with Memphis, there are many other historic sites and excellent museums filled with fascinating artifacts in Memphis. Some will be ...

 

Memphis Family Vacation Memories –  Ducks, Dining, and Beale Street

Memphis Family Vacation Memories – Ducks, Dining, and Beale Street

March 29, 2011 No Comments Memphis, Tennessee might seem like an unlikely spot to entertain children of all ages, but it’s actually a fantastic destination for the whole family. Situated just above the rolling, wide Mississippi River, Memphis is a vital city with lots of music, great music-themed attractions – including but certainly not limited to Elvis’ home, Graceland – ...

 

Aquarium of the Pacific Long Beach, CA

Aquarium of the Pacific Long Beach, CA

March 23, 2011 No Comments Aquarium of the Pacific Sign Today I finally took my 16 month old son to the Aquarium of the Pacific on 100 Aquarium Way in Long Beach, CA. We had a field trip planned with my Mommy & Me class and I was excited to bring my son for the first time. He’s such a ...

 

Foley, Alabama: A Picturesque Small Town

Foley, Alabama: A Picturesque Small Town

March 16, 2011 No Comments Dad and I recently found ourselves in Summerdale, Alabama. We’re members of the Escapees RV club, and the Escapees campground in Summerdale was on our way from Florida to Louisiana. We didn’t expect much from small-town Alabama, but were pleasantly surprised at how much there was to do in the area. We spent most of ...

 

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Voodoo, Paganism and Religion New Orleans-Style

Voodoo, Paganism and Religion New Orleans-Style

March 16, 2011 No Comments New Orleans’ Jackson Square is a study in contrasts. Tourists surge through on their way to dinner reservations at Muriel’s on the Square as homeless kids known as gutter punks huddle in a doorway. Balloon artists delight children with intricate balloon animals as a young man painted silver stands motionless on a milk crate, a ...

 

Ghost Hunting in New Orleans’ French Quarter

Ghost Hunting in New Orleans’ French Quarter

March 15, 2011 No Comments New Orleans’ history is dotted with violence, disease, natural disasters and mysterious disappearances. Paranormal experts claim that the veil between the living and the dead is thinner in New Orleans, giving explanations that range from ley lines to voodoo curses. Whether you believe in ghosts or not, in New Orleans the truth is often stranger ...

 

New Orleans French Quarter: Local-Style

New Orleans French Quarter: Local-Style

March 14, 2011 7 Comments Before we decided to travel full-time in our RV, Dad and I lived in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Living in the Quarter is so much different than visiting, as I would imagine is true for any extremely popular tourist destination. For example, Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop is a hugely crowded tourist bar on Bourbon ...

 

New Orleans Mardi Gras With Kids: A Survival Guide for Parents

New Orleans Mardi Gras With Kids: A Survival Guide for Parents

March 14, 2011 2 Comments New Orleans Mardi Gras is known world-wide for its rowdy debauchery and anything-goes attitude for adults. Certainly no parent would want to take their child into the middle of such a scene, right? In reality, this perception, fueled by the popular media, reflects only the tiniest bit of what Mardi Gras is all about. At ...

 

Fresno Fruit Trail – Fruity California Family Fun

Fresno Fruit Trail – Fruity California Family Fun

March 14, 2011 No Comments What small child doesn’t enjoy sweet, fresh fruit – ripe strawberries, juicy blue berries, apricots, plums…apples. And what small child doesn’t enjoy the experience of picking their own fruity treat. Our kids were raised to pluck the rosiest apple from the orchard when they were still so small they had to be lifted in our ...

 

Museum of Mobile: Documenting the History of Mobile, Alabama

Museum of Mobile: Documenting the History of Mobile, Alabama

March 4, 2011 No Comments Mobile, Alabama was always one of those places we just drove through on Interstate 10, on the way between our former home in Central Florida and the new life we had created in New Orleans. What we saw of Mobile out the car windows looked interesting but we always had a schedule to keep, so ...

 

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