Louisiana Off The Beaten Path

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Louisiana Off The Beaten Path

  • Plantations

    New Orleans Off The Beaten Path

    I highly recommend leaving the societal cess pool of New Orleans, and driving about two hours to The Myrtles in St. Francisville, La. Deemed "the most haunted house in America" by The Wall St. Journal, I have spent many nights there and highly recommend it. Not for the faint of heart, or easily spooked, this great experience is off the beaten path...

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  • Swamp Tours

    New Orleans Off The Beaten Path

    We drove for more than an hour to Jean Lafitte which is on the edge of the Jean Lafitte Barataria Preserve section. We went out in a pontoon boat, and while it was cold, it wasn't so cold yet that there was no wildlife. We saw nutria and several alligators, and birds (photos 3 and 4). We also saw former habitations (photo 5) and some graveyards....

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  • Voodoo

    New Orleans Off The Beaten Path

    We drove by this house on the free shuttle van to Mardi Gras World. The driver said we'd get in free with the wrist band that showed we had paid the admission to Mardi Gras World, and that we could then get picked up for a return trip to the ferry right outside. But really, the museum is free for everyone because they let us in even though we...

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  • Food and Drink

    New Orleans Off The Beaten Path

    the faubourg marigny can kick bourbon streets ass...its hard to describe this area...the blocks are comprised of triangles..squares...frenchman seems like it becomes decater...bourbon veers off and is perpindicular to rampart...who knows its a whole little area that rocks...gay bars...raggea bars...second line...punk rock laundry mats...for a girl...

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  • Momuments/Statues

    New Orleans Off The Beaten Path

    The Robert E. Lee Monument was constructed in 1884, and it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991. It is located in Lee Circle, on the edge of the Central Business District near the Garden District. The monument consists of a 60 foot doric column topped by a 12 foot tall statue of the great Confederate General. General...

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  • Garden District

    New Orleans Off The Beaten Path

    The St Charles Avenue trolley takes you from Canal St in the French Quarter across the uber scenic Garden District. We caught the trolley right across from our hotel, the Intercontinental. The trolley's are color coded - Green is for St. Charles; red is for the Canal line. The trolleys are about a 1940(?) vintage and lovingly restored. The seats...

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  • Vacherie

    New Orleans Off The Beaten Path

    The Plantation is called Oak Alley because of these trees. There were 28 live oak trees planted in the 1700s from a early settler from his house to the Mississippi River. They line the gardens and is a very romantic walk. Imagine yourself back in time. I can!!

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  • Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop

    New Orleans Off The Beaten Path

    My wife and I went to a college reunion a year ago and stayed at Hotel Dauphine. We discovered JL's Black Smith Shop while on a carriage ride and beat our tired feet back as soon as we could. We ordered a cold beer and sat outside and in our own turn watched the carriages pass by, and I took the opportunity to unload some MG beads I had been...

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  • Cemeteries...

    New Orleans Off The Beaten Path

    As we were finishing up our city tour, and just before we went to City Park, we passed the Greenwood Cemetery and I took this picture from the bus. We didn't get a chance to tour it. This is the fireman's cemetery. It was founded by the Firemen’s Charitable & Benevolent Association (FCBA) in 1852 as permanent memorials to the volunteer firemen....

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  • Parks

    New Orleans Off The Beaten Path

    Audubon Park is located right across the street from Loyola and Tulane Universities, so it is a popular place for students in the afternoons during the school year. The park offers a variety of activities including a running trail, swimming pool, horse stables, golf course, tennis courts, playgrounds, picnic shelters and more. The park is also home...

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  • Lake Ponchartrain

    New Orleans Off The Beaten Path

    Lake Pontchartrain is one of New Orleans most hidden secrets to tourist. Lakeshore Drive is a series of parks over looking Lake Pontchartrain. you can enjoy the scenery, boating, fishing, biking, ride your motorcycle, and at some parts you can swim. this is the most beach like area in New Orleans. There's even a mile long sandy beach called...

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  • Cajun Country

    New Orleans Off The Beaten Path

    The word Cajan comes from the word Arcadian. The Arcadians were French settlers in the Maritime Providences of Canada. They were thrown out (Le Grand Dérangement) of Canada by the British in 1775, and some of them came to French controlled Louisiana. The area around St. Martinsville and New Iberia is known as Cajan country. Excerpt Thus ere...

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  • Ferry to Mardi Gras World.

    New Orleans Off The Beaten Path

    We took the free (to pedestrians) ferry over to Algiers. The ferries go from the New Orleans side (east) on the hour and half hour. They go from the Algiers side (west) on the quarter hour and quarter of the hour. We were on our way to visit Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World. There was also a free bus to Mardi Gras...

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  • Locals

    New Orleans Off The Beaten Path

    NOLA Walkabout - (www.nolawalkabout.com) - A Walkabout is unlike any Tour in New Orleans. There's no planned or scripted itinerary. You experience "The Big Easy" as the Locals do; spontaneously, in all its festive glory. Walkabout: "a short period of wandering as an occasional interruption of regular work." NOLA Walkabout – spontaneous...

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  • Gay Life

    New Orleans Off The Beaten Path

    New Orleans is known as a party town, but it's also home to a large and frequently very flamboyant gay community. In the French Quarter, you'll find the gay clubs to be located primarily on Bourbon Street, past the 800 block. Don't be afraid to check out the clubs - the music is fantastic and the atmosphere is always...dark, sweaty and...

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  • Body Painting

    New Orleans Off The Beaten Path

    Politics and religion aside, the Taleban is not the vicious bunch of thugs that the media paints them out to be. They are enlightened enough to have an annual beauty pageant, held conveniently at Mardi Gras! Luckily I stumbled upon the beautiful Miss Tora Bora and Miss Kandahar right in the middle of the French Quarter. Damn, they had cute ankles!

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  • Media (Books & TV)

    New Orleans Off The Beaten Path

    If you get down to NOLA anytime soon you'll hopefully be able to catch them filming K-Town. Right now its a pilot show about New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Can't really tell much from the filming but it was pretty cool to see them doing it...

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  • Aquarium and Zoo

    New Orleans Off The Beaten Path

    The Aquarium and IMAX Theatre aren't Off the Beaten Track. They are after all at the river end of Canal Street. But although they aren't one of the 'traditional' sights that one thinks of when one says New Orleans.......... ...a visit there has several advantages. 1) The Aquarium is climate controlled. If it is cold, as it was when we were there...

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  • ON the Beaten Path

    New Orleans Off The Beaten Path

    And Further Rides Again? Well, the merry troupe hits Nawlins each year for Mardi Gras, and 'Stella' arises from the river's edge to carry itself in a wail through the Quarter, past the Cathedral, onward to the Indians preparing to march - 6am.

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  • Shops

    New Orleans Off The Beaten Path

    The Sharper Image - in New Orleans Riverwalk shopping centre, right in front of the entrance facing the aquarium and Spanish Plaza - has a set of comforting, relaxing massage chairs. They're there for you to try out. After a long day of site seeing or a short, bad night, sit, choose the 15 minute complete programm and feel better! The one that also...

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  • The Garden District / Uptown

    Take a morning to drive around. If you don't have a car, the trolley will take you up and down St. Charles Street. I am a historic house aficionado, and the Garden District has some of the most beautiful houses I have ever seen. At a few million dollars a pop, you can see how the "Old Money" folks live. The Audubon Zoo and Park are up here too....

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  • I saw a skeleton here once.

    Try not to miss the graveyards. I particularily like the one all the way down Esplanade – From Bourbon and Esplanade (leaving the Quarter), turn left on Esplanade, pass Hwy 10 about three miles or so. Great houses to look at on the way and the graveyard is on the right. WARNING: Go with a group if you can. I know a few who have got mugged when they...

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  • Caddo Lake

    There is a Caddoan legend, which states that Caddo Lake was formed by an earthquake. The legend says that a Caddo Indian Chief was cautioned by the Great Spirit to shift his village from the low lands. The Chief decided to ignore the warning and one day while he and his men were out hunting the ground shook and the village disappeared beneath the...

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  • Keachi

    I was on a bike tour south of Shreveport when I came across Keachi, a surreal village that seemed to consist totally of abandoned buildings. I had just been dropped from the main peloton (too much back and forth in the paceline, and I couldn't re-catch the draft), so I was able to peddle through leisurely. Now I'm wishing I had stopped completely....

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  • Is this church still in use?

    I had to take a detour outside of Shreveport and came across this old church building. I love finding places like this and wondering what things were like back when the building was new...

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  • Spanish Moss...

    growing from trees as silvery-gray threadlike masses to 25 ft. long, densely covered by the gray scales which are a means of receiving and holding atmospheric moisture, and which help to enable the plant to dispense with roots; small axial flowers with petals 3/8 in. (1 cm) long, in changing colors yellowish-green to blue."

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  • One of the confederate states

    On Locust Grove cemetary we found this grave of Jefferson Davis Stirling II. The grave stone is full of pictures remembering the civil war. The confederate flag is big on his stone. This Jefferson Davis Stirling II was born in 1919 and died in 1982. He didn´t live in the time of the war, and we wondered why his tombstone was covered with all this...

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  • Locust Grove State Historic Site

    Locust Grove, with only 27 plots, is all that remains of what was once Locust Grove Plantation, owned by the family of Jefferson Davis' sister, Mrs. Anna E. Davis Smith. In the summer of 1835, the future Confederate president brought Sarah Knox Taylor Davis, his wife of 3 months, to the plantation for a visit. Both contracted malaria, and Mrs....

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  • Cypremort Point State Park

    Cypremort Point State Park is a small park about an hour or so south of Lafayette. The park is just a public beach with a couple of restrooms and picnic pavillons. Cypremort Point is actually in Vermilion Bay, but Vermilion Bay connects to the Gulf of Mexico. As a beach goes, Cypremort Point's is not that exciting. There is no surf there, but the...

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  • Awsome scenery

    We walked many of the streets just to take pictures of the balconies. The plants and the achitecture is beautiful.

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  • Tickfaw State Park

    Tickfaw State Park is located near a little town called Springfield, Louisana and features access to the Tickfaw River, a few walking trails, a water playground, and the usual state park stuff. I was kayaking there, and most of my time was spent on the Tickfaw River. They have a canoe launch near the entrance to the park, and a small canal maybe...

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  • The Angola Prision Rodeo

    Proclaimed the "Wildest Show in the South", the Angola Prision Rodeo got it's start in 1965. It is held in October and April and draws a good crowd from Louisiana. All of the cowboy stunts are performed by real prisioners, who appear to be having a good time. One event has a poker chip attached to a mean bull's forehead. Whoever snatches the chip,...

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  • Louisiana Scenic Byways

    Louisiana has off-the-beaten-path roads statewide, including The Creole Nature Trail, an All-American Road in Cajun Country. These rural roads lead you through some of the most remarkable natural beauty and picturesque historic towns.

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  • Spanish moss

    Spanish Moss is a beautiful symbol of the South. It grows in humid coastal areas and is usually seen along rivers and bayous.It is neither a moss nor a parasite; it is a tropical air plant which grows on another plant upon which it depends for mechanical support but not for nutrients. It has no roots.

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  • Bayou

    Louisiana has one of the most extensive, most complex systems of waterways in the world; these bayous, rivers and canals are used for drainage, navigation, flood-control and recreation.

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  • Cross Bayou

    Cross Bayou is one of Shreveport's most historic waterways. On the south bank of Cross Bayou, near its mouth, was the Confederate Navy Yard during the Civil War. Cross Lake is not as big as Caddo Lake but still a very interesting sight. I just loved these swamp areas, I couldn't get enough of seeing these trees with their autumn colours.The lake is...

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  • Not really 'off the beaten path...

    Not really 'off the beaten path' but try this very scenic freeway drive: from New Orleans to Lafayette you will pass the Bonne Carre Spillway on I-10 which has some very scenic views of Lakes Ponchartrain and Maurepaus. The Mississippi River Bridge on I-10 offers nice views of the River and Baton Rouge (and my Alma Mater, LSU). From there, the...

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  • If you want to really see Louisiana....

    If you want to really see Louisiana, get off of the interstates and take the back-roads. Taking US highways, state and parish routes bring you to the beautiful towns that the interstates bypass. You'll see magnificent churches, courthouses, parks, town squares, antique shops, etc. and all the countryside you can stand.Also, stay away from fast-food...

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  • Mississippi river

    Lower parts of Mississippi River is the largest port in USA when it comes to shipping out grain and cornd , to overseas countries.

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  • Important Notice about Tezcuco

    In the following tip, I describe the Tezcuco Plantation along the River Road between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. I would try to modify the tip, but I'm afraid that the word limits would force me to break it into pieces, so I'll make this announcement here. In the fall of 2002, the plantation house at Tezcuco burned to the ground. I don't have the...

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  • Louisiana Water Homes

    There are many people who live in Louisiana Swamps where the only means of transportation is by boat. This is Denty's African Queen he uses to get to his camp. In past days we had children brought to school and mail delivered to the swamps by boat. Now we have bridges and parking problems.

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  • A waterfall in Louisiana?

    I am trying to canoe to new spots near my home. Who would have thought I would have found a waterfall? It is actually an outflow point near Lock 1, West Pearl Navigation Canal.

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  • Canoeing again-

    This is me in Pump Slough near Pearl River, La., as if I could paddle in 6 inches of water. Sometimes the water level goes down but the area then fills with water lillies more beautiful than any other place I have sceen.

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  • POVERTY POINT STATE...

    POVERTY POINT STATE COMMEMORATIVE AREA in Epps, West Carroll parish, is one of the most important archaeological sites in the United States. There were people living here from about 2000 BC to 750 BC. A museum at the site includes an audio-visual presentation and numerous artifacts found there.

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  • Camping at Kisatchie NF

    Camping at Kisatchie National Forest. Pineville is the headquarters of the Kisatchie National Forest. The Kisatchie N.F. includes five Ranger Districts throughout central and north Louisiana.Click here for Camping at Kisatchie TravelogueShannon, Smartie, Nikki, me, Jea, Monte, & Chris camping in Louisiana's Kisatchie NF near Derry (see Kisatchie...

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