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Oak Alley, a classic Southern Antebellum Plantation

Have you ever visited a southern plantation? In New Orleans, I saw two. The first was the unusual Creole plantation Laura – very different from what we think of as a typical southern plantation. Now let’s have a look at the classic Antebellum mansion. Come with me to Oak Alley.

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Chasing ghosts in New Orleans

By Alexandra Redisch in New Orleans Have you ever been chasing ghosts in New Orleans? This delightfully spooky city just beckons us to come ever closer, to hear just one more spine-chilling story. When we were in town, my mum, my little sister and I joined a haunted history ghost tour and we all enjoyed it […]

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Silent Sunday: Festive, fairy-tale Mardi Gras floats ready for action

Festive, fairy-tale Mardi Gras floats ready for action in New Orleans

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Laura Plantation – Portrait of a Creole family

By Alexandra Redisch in Vacherie, Louisiana At the earnest insistence of my three children, Lollie, Daisie and Charlie Jr., I write the memories of my childhood days on the old plantation in Louisiana for them. I have concluded to do so, before my memory begins to fail me, for I realise that I am the […]

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Where to stay in New Orleans: The Saint hotel

Is there a city in the USA more fitted to play naughty or nice than New Orleans? I don’t think so. And The Saint plays that particular game very well indeed. Located on Canal Street, The Saint is just a stone’s throw away from the delightful French Quarter, without the disadvantages (read: noise) of actually […]

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A taste of New Orleans

During our recent visit in the Crescent City, we were given ample opportunity to taste New Orleans. Here are our favourite cafes and restaurants in town.

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Mississippi paddlewheeling – and the War of 1812

Rambling along New Orleans’ riverside one day, we come upon the Creole Queen. She is about to sail down the river. Do we want to come along? Now or never… Of course we hop on – and are glad we did. It wouldn’t feel right to be in New Orleans without boating the mighty Mississippi […]

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