Topic: Louisiana Attractions

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New Orleans Museum District: Louisiana Civil War Museum and Ogden Museum

New Orleans Museum District: Louisiana Civil War Museum and Ogden Museum

June 11, 2011 No Comments The New Orleans Museum District has undergone extensive revitalization in recent years, after sinking into neglect toward the end of the 20th century. Well-connected to the rest of the city via the St. Charles streetcar line, the area now contains entirely refurbished loft apartments and interesting restaurants. But the museums remain the central attractions. Anchored ...

 

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Off the Beaten Path in New Orleans: Smaller French Quarter Attractions

Off the Beaten Path in New Orleans: Smaller French Quarter Attractions

June 10, 2011 No Comments It would be easy to spend an entire vacation in New Orleans’ French Quarter just shopping, eating and catching the street performers. Bigger attractions like the Audubon Aquarium and Insectarium might grab your attention, or you might wander to the outskirts of the Quarter to visit St. Louis Cemetery Number One. However, no trip to ...

 

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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 ...

 

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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 ...

 

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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 ...

 

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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 ...

 

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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 ...

 

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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 ...

 

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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 ...

 

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