Blogs from Natchitoches, Louisiana, United States, North America


So......... we extended our stay to spend time with Hippy Jim & Donna and attend the beach party. It was also Graeme’s birthday, what a nice way to celebrate it. Well, one day turned into two then three. Not only did we have a lovely party day but on Sunday Jim took us out in his boat on the Intracoastal Waterway which his house backs onto. It is the waterway that runs 3,000-mile (4,800 km) along the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico from Boston Massachusetts to Brownsville Texas. We sailed about 5 miles of it so only have 2,995 mile to go. We spotted a pod of Dolphins, looked at beautiful scenery, saw many birds, enjoyed lunch, had a few beers, and briefly got the boat grounded, due to Jims high speed approach on a non ... read more
Beach Party
Setting off
Graeme's  various shopping faces

THE BONNIE BLUE FLAG Chorus: Hurrah! Hurrah! For Southern Rights, Hurrah. Hurrah for the Bonnie Blue Flag, That bears the single star. One of the most intriguing aspects of American history is the cultural clash that arose over the struggle for political and economic sovereignty between Spain, France, Great Britain, Mexico and America along the gulf coast of the United States. The struggle began in 1559 with the Spanish settlement at St Augustine in Florida and culminated in the American triumph of arms over Mexico in 1848. Spanish influence dominated the gulf coast until 1821 when they were driven out of Mexico. The French held claim to the mouth of the Mississippi River and controlled commerce up and down the river to settlements in Canada. Great Britain controlled commerce through Canada with the Hudson Bay Company ... read more

North America » United States » Louisiana » Natchitoches February 23rd 2013

Geo: 31.7277, -93.1531The weather today was great. Cool when we started out but nice sunshine and the local temp was up to 66F by mid-day.Our first stop was the Oakland Plantation which has 17 of the original buildings remaining. It is a National Historic Park and is one of only two such farms west of the Mississippi. There was a free tour of the main house and self-guided tour of the balance of the property.Next stop was the Melrose Plantation. Only a few of the buildings - the main house, the Yucca House and the African House are original. The remaining buildings have been brought in over the years as the need for additional buildings to house artists and writers was needed and for many years it was an artists colony. The most famous painter was ... read more
Oakland Plantation
Oakland Plantation
Oakland Plantation

North America » United States » Louisiana » Natchitoches February 22nd 2013

Geo: 31.7278, -93.1531Took a taxi to the airport. Check-in with Avis went easily. We had requested an economy vehicle but they didn't have any so got a free upgrade to a 2013 Ford Escape. You need to take a course on the controls. Like a spaceship. Fully equipped including Sirius satellite radio. We have been through one tank of gas and the economy is pretty good considering we have been running at 70-75 mph most of the time. On the road for about 5 hours except for a Starbucks and bathroom stop.Natchitoches is a very pretty town with a fascinating history. It was founded in 1714 as a French outpost on the Red River to facilitate trade with the Spanish in Mexico. The town is named after the local Native American tribe. There was a log ... read more
Opera House
Nakatosh Hotel
DeBlieux Building

North America » United States » Louisiana » Natchitoches January 3rd 2010

Each New Year’s Eve we try to do something special. Dawn had recently been to Natchitoches, Louisiana (pronounced Nakatish) on a business trip and raved about how beautiful it was. It was the site of the film “Steel Magnolias”. If you saw that film you saw a good amount of the local scenery. The Cane River runs through the middle of the town. There is a nice little park along the shoreline. Shops and restaurants line Front Street which runs along the river and is the centerpiece for tourism and events. The main attraction at Christmastime is the “Festival of Lights” The river along the downtown area is lined on both sides with an incredible display of Christmas lights. Front Street also has strings of lights above the street criss-crossing it through the downtown area. The ... read more
Dawn in our room at "The Blessed House"
Lights along the river and under the bridge
The lights along the river

North America » United States » Louisiana » Natchitoches December 16th 2008

This Christmas season we longed for a visit to Natchitoches, Louisiana to see the annual Festival of Lights but due to circumstances, we were unable to pull off the trip as we had originally planned. A couple of weeks after our original plan fell through, one of my closest friend's mom died and we hurriedly made plans to head north to Jonesville, LA for her funeral. The local weather had been predicting sleet/snow for our Baton Rouge area (which rarely materializes) on Thursday and Ms. Nita's service also would be on Thursday so we decided the thing to do would be to throw a few things in the RV and head on to Jonesville on Wednesday afternoon just in case we did receive some rainy or bad weather. So the work began, getting things packed and ... read more
Lighted Fleur de lis
Lights line the downtown streets
and they go on...

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