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North America » United States » Louisiana » New Orleans March 7th 2021

This was my last Super Bowl, Nawlins, 2013. Super Bowl 47 will start this afternoon. I will be there to watch the Forty Niners. I became a fan in the Fifties, when two players from my hometown, offensive tackle Monte Clark, and all pro defensive back, Jimmy Johnson were drafted by the Forty Niners. Back then, it would have been difficult to envision the concept of the Super Bowl, or the greatness ahead for these two players. My Dad would have truly enjoyed being here today. He introduced me to sports. He took me to my first college and professional football games. We started out on a local level, our high school, where the Johnson brothers Rafer and Jimmy) starred in four sports. I am sure this ... read more
The Superdome
My Niners
Beyonce before the lights went out

North America » United States » Louisiana » New Orleans March 5th 2021

Many of you are big fans of Starbucks. Fine. I am a big fan of Peet's Coffee. Fine. But when I travel, where do I get my coffee? First, I always bring my Peet's French Roast with me. I try to make a cup or two in my room with the coffee maker (mostly poor quality, by the way), before I head out to breakfast or just more coffee. Second, I tend to skip Starbucks in favor of a local, or less popular place in the neighborhood. I prefer the Mom and Pop places. But if I cannot find one, I choose a small cafe or breakfast joint. My last option is always a restaurant chain, like an IHOP or Waffle Shop. Over the years, I have found some great places. Venture to Vegas, off the ... read more
Cafe du Monde
Love Peets
Greasy Chef Burger

North America » United States » Louisiana » New Orleans March 3rd 2021

Most of you already know this: There’s an actual Earl of Sandwich credited with inventing the term “sandwich.” When one day he decided to eat his meal with one hand, slapping two pieces of bread—with the meat between—the sandwich was born. Here are a few stories about ten American sandwiches.The Reuben was born in Nebraska in 1925 of all places. I have no memorable Reubens, other than the artist.The Peanut Butter and Jelly was born in Boston back in 1901. As an adult, I find them too sweet.The Philly Cheesesteak was born at Pat's King of Steaks in Philly in the 1930s. I had several on my first visit to Philadelphia back in the 70s. It remains one of my favorites when done with the right amount ... read more
Maine lobster roll
Johnny's Po boy
The Primanti

North America » United States » Louisiana » New Orleans April 13th 2020

There is always a mix of excitement, anticipation and even a little dread as we get ready to set out on our next adventure. Our last trip was no different, or so it seemed. Our niece, Holly, had been planning her Savannah wedding for over a year. March 28th had been set and all plans were being finalized. Since we had spent some time with Holly and Dan (her fiancé) last summer we were getting very excited to see them again and to share in their excitement and happiness of marriage. And of course, Savannah, Tybee Island, and Hilton Head are all favorite camp bases that we enjoy on the east coast. Our particular challenge this trip was the fact that Jeffrey’s birthday was just a few days after the wedding, and of course, we could ... read more

North America » United States » Louisiana » New Orleans February 12th 2020

My flight home wasn't until 5:00 PM (except then it was delayed but more on that later) and I wanted to have time to visit New Orleans before heading to the airport. Left my cozy condo at 7 AM on another foggy morning and hit the road. The drive was easy, although foggy all the way until just before the city. My friendly Google Maps navigator had me exit I-10 at Elysian Fields Ave, which runs through the 7th Ward. I noticed many of the houses looked pretty run down yet most had cheerful Mardi Gras decorations hanging on their balconies. Eventually I turned onto Decatur Street and proceeded to look for a parking lot. I read ahead of time that parking on the street in the city is not advised because the meters are tricky ... read more
New Orleans!
Beignets to go
Powdered sugar everywhere!

North America » United States » Louisiana » New Orleans January 1st 2020

In the world of college football, bowl games are beauty pageants at the end of the season that both end the year and set up the next one. Unless you’re playing for a national championship, that is. All the other games at the end of December and the beginning of January are understood to show the direction of your program—if you win the bowl game, you’re in good shape and get a little boost going into next year. Lose, and some people may get fired, but questions will certainly be asked about the health of your program. There are also several levels to bowl games; let’s call them tiers. The Playoff is the top tier, since only the four teams involved in it have a shot at winning the title. The next tier comprises the “New ... read more
It will never disappoint you
Make sure to get cheese on your burger here
The Superdome in New Orleans

North America » United States » Louisiana » Baton Rouge October 26th 2019

It was a Tiger-off in the Bayou on Saturday, my first top-10 matchup of the season. After I bought my ticket for the LSU-Auburn game last week while at Alabama, I had a little bit of buyer’s remorse. Had I made the right choice? For one, Baton Rouge is a little bit further away from my house than I had expected. Second, I had been an Auburn fan at one point, having attended several games at Auburn before I ever attended my first as a UGA student. And lastly, I only knew one person in Baton Rouge, but she said she would actually be out of town for the weekend. Nevertheless, I have wanted to attend a game here for a long time. I would’ve come to LSU last year when UGA played, but tickets were ... read more
Definitely felt like the bayou early in the morning
Memorial Tower, icon of LSU
Gateway to LSU

North America » United States » Louisiana October 11th 2019

THE IMPETUOUS YOUTH OF AMERICA When Clyde Barrow dropped out of grade school at Cedar Hill near West Dallas in 1925 he was sixteen years old, in 7th grade, and barely literate. His prospects were few. By the time he met Bonnie Parker at the American Café in 1930 he had been arrested on seven counts of theft over $50 for stealing cars and would soon be convicted on all counts. The court passed sentence of two years for each count to be served at the Texas State Prison in Huntsville. At the age of 15 years Bonnie Parker got married to young thug named Roy Thornton, but Roy apparently preferred to be in jail as married to Bonnie. The happy couple never bothered to get a divorce, but they never saw one another again after ... read more

I knew that the American Queen had Hop On Hop Off buses at all stops along the river. What I didn’t know was that they brought their own to every stop. Three branded buses follow the boat (it is a boat not a ship) wherever it goes to provide this service. It’s a pretty slick operation. Our first stop this morning was an example of a small mid western town, with churches, Town Hall, Courthouse and very pretty houses lining the streets. We’re still in Louisiana. The highlight was a visit to The Myrtles Plantation and a guided tour through what is purported to be the largest haunted house in the south. The whole experience was made more real with actors in costume telling their tales in each room. It is all Chloe the house slave’s ... read more
Nose in to the bank
The Grace Episcopal Church
The organ inside dates right back to 1860.

North America » United States » Louisiana » Baton Rouge June 25th 2019

The Mississippi is currently 30-40 feet above normal. What we see as little bushes above the water are really big trees. We weren’t able to stop at Nottoway plantation today as the method of docking used there is called ‘stumping’ i.e. tying the ropes to tree stumps, and the stumps are all under water so we’re sailing today and stopping tomorrow at Francisville. We left an hour or so late yesterday as some passengers had been delayed by stormy weather at Houston. It was really magical in the evening watching the lights of ships and onshore facilities all lit up with the shadows of trees occasionally interrupting the view. I could have stayed out all night. Below Baton Rouge all the traffic is industrial with ships and barges carrying anything from oil and coal to sugar ... read more
Watching another paddlesteamer
Outside our cabin (woops stateroom) Arizona
At close quarters with a freighter

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