Entries for April, 2011

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An Unusual Landmark for Sailing Ships: Oak Alley Plantation

An Unusual Landmark for Sailing Ships: Oak Alley Plantation

April 15, 2011 1 Comment Oak Alley Plantation is sometimes known as the Grand Dame of the River Road, a collection of historic plantations located an hour from New Orleans in the town of Vacherie, Louisiana. Little is known about the plantation’s early years, but it was already a known landmark by the time the Capuchin Fathers settled St. James Parish ...

 

A Venetian Gondola Ride…In New Orleans?

A Venetian Gondola Ride…In New Orleans?

April 14, 2011 2 Comments New Orleans is known for many things, from world-class cuisine to a constant backdrop of jazz and blues music. But when Dad and I saw an authentic Venetian gondola plying the waters of City Park, it was a bit of a shock even for us jaded locals. We had the pleasure of a private sunset ...

 

Rollin’ on the River: The Steamboat Natchez

Rollin’ on the River: The Steamboat Natchez

April 14, 2011 No Comments The Mighty Mississippi River has been inextricably linked with New Orleans since its earliest days. During the 19th century, when cotton was king, New Orleans was its most important port. In those days, the river was filled with steamboats of every description, carrying travelers on business and pleasure trips. Today the Port of New Orleans ...

 

Cities of the Dead: Exploring New Orleans’ Legendary Cemeteries

Cities of the Dead: Exploring New Orleans’ Legendary Cemeteries

April 13, 2011 No Comments New Orleans is sometimes known as the “City in a Bowl”. The original city, today’s French Quarter, is approximately eight feet above sea level. Much of the rest of the city is well below. New Orleans relies on a complicated system of levees and underground pumps to prevent it from filling with water after a ...

 

Louisiana’s Original Super Highway: Cajun Pride Swamp Tour

Louisiana’s Original Super Highway: Cajun Pride Swamp Tour

April 13, 2011 No Comments Just outside New Orleans, solid ground gives way to swamps and marshes. Swamps technically refer to water over land, while marshes refer to land over water. Southeast Louisiana has an eclectic mix of both. When New Orleans was settled in 1718, the wetlands provided a great deal of protection from hurricanes, slowing down storms as ...

 

Spring Break On Hilton Head Beach, SC

Spring Break On Hilton Head Beach, SC

April 10, 2011 No Comments Planning a family friendly beach vacation with young kids during Spring Break can be tricky. How do you find a spot that offers a wide range of attractions and activities to keep your family happy, yet is as far away as possible from loud, teenage Spring Breakers with a slightly different idea of a happy ...

 

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