VISIT BOURBON STREET AND ENJOY THE MUSIC
Even if you are just passing through this great city of New Orleans everybody wants to stop and enjoy the life in Bourbon Street ...That amazing centre of this City of New Orleans that has been written about in so many songs and featured in so many movies..
I have always wanted to visit this city and I was not dissapointed..although it was just after "Hurricane Katrina" and the scene was a lot quieter the people, the food, the beverages, and above all the music was absolutely fantastic..so much so I can't wait to return again..Related to:
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The First Step: Louisiana Visitor's Center
Upon entering any state by car, I like to visit the Welcome Center, which is always helpful in getting the information you will need to enjoy the state.
Having family in Waskom, TX right on the Louisiana Border makes it nice for me to stop in and get the information, although it took me almost 2 years to actually stop in.
There are visitor's centers on each of the 4 major highway enterances on I-20 and I-10.
You can also order this information before you arrive.
Shreveport/Bossier City's Casinos
If you are an avid gambler, or someone who enjoys seeing a nice show and dinner, Shreveport's Casino district is the place to be.
Several of the big named casino chains have branches here on the Red River, including Horseshoe, Hollywood, Isle of Capri, and Boomtown!
Acts from Willie Nelson to Cher all appear here, so go out and have a great time in Shreveport!Related to:
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Louisiana State Capitol
It began as the dream of Huey P. Long,governor of Louisiana. And it was a very daring thought to build such a big State Capitol Building during the 1930s.
The New Louisiana State Capitol was completed after 14 months in March 1932. The cost to complete the building was $5 million.
In 1935, the Louisiana State Capitol Building was the site of Huey P. Long's assassination. Long was buried on the grounds with his statue facing the Capitol.
It is the tallest state capitol in the United States. (450 feet high with 34 floors)
It is an artdeco masterpiece.
The architects used symbolism everywhere in the building. Where the tower rises at the 22nd floor four winged figures guard the corners and they represent Law, Science, Philosophy and Art.
The staircase at the entrance has one step for each of the 48 states, listed in the order of their admittance to the Union. (Alaska and Hawaii were added to the top step when they were made states.)
Louisiana's state symbol, the pelican, decorates many places in the building.
There is an observatory at the 27th floor from where you can overlook Baton Rouge at a height of 350 feet.
Pet the Shark - he likes it.
I try to go everytime I'm in New Orleans. It's definitely the best aquarium I have ever seen. I'd pay just to see the jellyfish. They have no heart, no blood, and no brain. Yet they live. Coming from a med geek like me, I could stare at them for hours thinking "But you are just some cells! With no direction, rhyme, or reason!" I imagine this is why they just float around. Oh well. I've had days like that.
The walk-through aquarium is breathtaking. Last time, we caught it during feeding time. That action was straight out of National Geographic. Make sure to pet the live shark and to visit Spot, the albino alligator.
Rural Life Museum
This museum contains a large collection of material culture of 19th century Louisiana, and also houses artifacts dealing with everyday rural life up to the early 20th century. It is largely staffed by the Louisiana State students. It was the brainchild of Steele Burden who was a landscape architect and whose family home "Windrush" is nearby and can also be visited. Various different buildings from different areas in Louisiana have been collected collected here. There was a schoolhouse, a store (photo 2), a dove cote (photo 5), slave cabins, an overseer's house, a church, etc. In 1970-72, six buildings were moved in – the Overseer’s House, Blacksmith Shop, Schoolhouse, and three cabins.
Our admission as seniors was $6.00 each. There was a film. First we looked at the actual museum part which included some funeral carriages with a couple of cast iron coffins.
I met Bob in the graveyard (which was just markers from other places kind of scattered around) and he said "I might have known I would find you in the cemetery". (photo 4)Related to:
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Bocage Plantation -- NOW OPEN
Dear River Road Travelers,
Bocage Plantation has officially opened its doors to the public for tours and Bed & Breakfast. Listed on the National Historic Register, Bocage has become a living museum without the usual ropes and stanchions that do not allow guests to feel 19th Century living at its finest. Furniture by famous makers like Mallard, Meeks, Roux, Querville, and many others are available to the overnight guests to use and enjoy. Guests have commented “you mean I actually get to sleep in a Mallard bed?” The answer is a resounding “yes”, and we want to know if we have made it as comfortable as you might want. Breakfast is served on Limoges China in the Napoleon Dining room, with sterling silver flatware. We have spared no expense to make your stay memorable and relaxing. The landscaping is being restored to the grandeur of the 19th Century by famous landscape architect Dr. Neil Odenwald.
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Natures wonders near New Orleans
There are numerous things to keep you busy. Just north of New Orleans lies Lake Pontchartrain and the greater northshore communities where nature is bountiful. Enjoy a swamp tour (Honey Island Swamp Tours)in Slidell, or if you want to venture out on your own, there are walking trails in the Honey Island Wildlife Refuge (state) or the Bogue Chitto National Wildlife Refuge (NWR)both just north of Slidell and in neighboring Picayune MS is a lovely Arboretum to meander through. West of Slidell in LaCombe is the Big Branch NWR with a nice center and some weekends they do free boat tours. (Contact them through the NWR website) Abita Springs on to the west is a quaint little town settled due to the mineral spring water, interesting little area with a Carnivorous plant trail. And then south of Abita is the Nature Center great trails there too.
Mississippi beaches would be about 1 1/2 hour drive - scenic route would be to take US 90 through the marshes of the Pearl River and through the little towns of Bay St. Louis and Waveland (ground zero for Katrina) enjoy the bay or head on 10 more minutes to the gulf. By the end of Nov. the waters will be to chilly to swim but you could still enjoy the gulf breeze.Related to:
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Shreveport was named after Miller Shreve who was commission to come into the area and clear a 165 mile log jam that had formed along the Red River (which was known as the "Great Raft''). This opened up the river to allow more settlers, traders and steamboat traffic to move down. A lot of the first settlers were from the Carolinas and were mostly a blend of Scot-Irish, English, German and Welsh. Shreveport and Bossier City are two of the South’s most popular gaming spots with at least 5 casinos, that I know of. They are also home to many museums and is the cultural, convention and entertainment centre of Ark-La-Tex. If the great outdoors is more your line then you will find some great fishing in the lakes and rivers in the area.
Natchitoches was originally founded by the French somewhere around 1699 as an outpost on the Red River to trade with the Spanish in Mexico. Trading became successful with area Indians and so a trading post was established at the head of navigation on the Red River near a village of Natchitoches Indians. The Downtown Historic District covers a 33-square block and features more than 50 historic homes and buildings. The brick main street is lined with wrought iron laced buildings, large stately oak trees, and of course, magnolias, the state flower of Louisiana. Dotted around the parish are 18th and 19th century structures with some dating back as far as the American Revolution when Natchitoches was occupied by the Union army during the Civil War.
The village Natchez was the last home of the Natchez Indians after they were defeated by the French in Mississippi. Natchez is located in Natchitoches Parish just south of Natchitoches town between Natchitoches and Alexandria along Highway 1 near the Red River and Lake Nantaches. The area is known for the plantations built there when Cotton production took hold.
There are many in the area – 'The Oakland' has been called 'The most beautiful plantation home in the Natchez area' by Sam Wilson who is a noted New Orleans architect. There is a lot of history attached to Oakland as well as the slave who was born and raised at Oakland in 1880 who bought the plantation and prospered as a practicing doctor and surgeon, selling the best moonshine whiskey during Prohibition as well.
Baton Rouge is the State Capital of Louisiana and the Parish (county) seat. It lies just northwest of New Orleans on the banks of the Mississippi River. It is the premier industrial city in the area and has large petroleum and chemical complexes on the Mississippi River. The State Capitol building is the tallest in the nation at 450ft. You can go to the Observation deck on the 27th floor and get a great view over the city and surrounding area. The city itself is easy to get around and you can see the Old Govenors Mansion and the Old State Capitol are easy to locate as well as the Pentagon Barracks.
Sorrento is a small little town of only about 1119 people which is located in Ascension Parish . The Parish is in southeast portion of Louisiana between Baton Rouge and New Orleans on U.S. Highway 61 near Gonzales and is in the heart of the plantation country. Within the region are sprawling sugar cane fields and beautiful cypress swamp lands which Louisiana is known for. The Cajun Village is about halfway between New Orleans and Baton Rouge & New Orleans. There is a small collection of restored Acadian buildings that have been brought here from various areas in Louisiana and have been set up a variety of speciality shops.
New Orleans or N’Awlins goes by many names. “The Big Easy” comes from the New Orleans philosophy of taking every easy. “Crescent City” derives from the city’s location nestled in the bend of the mighty Mississippi River. The city is know as one of the most haunted cities in America with many stories and sightings of ghosts and spirits. Some say that the reason for all this activity is because of all the battles fought here not to mention all the reasons this city was once called the City of Sin. Certainly too, New Orleans is well known for its jazz and pioneers like Louis Armstrong, Buddy Bolden, Jelly Roll Morton and Sidney Bechet.
What to do in Lake Providence
In the Northeast corner of the state near the Arkansas border is Lake Providnce, a nice town on the shore of beautiful Lake Providence. There are ample opportunities to participate in water recreation or just admire the beautiful scenery.Related to:
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