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19 Ways To Spend Less On Gifts

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  We all wish we were multi-millionaires at Christmas and that money was no object when buying gifts. Millionaire Unfortunately, most of us do not have unlimited funds (however much we fantasize about winning a lottery), and we could all use a few tips, and a few hundred extra dollars, on how to spend less on gifts for Christmas. Saving money Here are a few suggestions. This list is by no means exhaustive so feel free to share your tips with the rest of our readers. My Idea Make a list of those lucky People who will get gifts from you.  Send an email asking for Wish Lists by the … More…

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Mississippi, Alabama and Florida

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  To get from New Orléans, Louisiana, to Destin, Florida, you need to go through the states of Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, over the Gulf of Mexico, and known as the Florida Panhandle. All the clichés about the South and blacks and prejudice were undeniable, but there was some surprisingly unique countryside.   Louisiana   Because we were driving from New Orléans on the Coastal Highway along the water on the Gulf of Mexico, many of the houses at the water’s edge were on stilts.   The longest bridge we’ve ever seen was over Lake Pontchartrain, a huge lake just North of … More…

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Louisiana: Cajun Country, Crawdaddies & the Canada Connection

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  Louisiana and the Canada Connection   Louisiana: there is a strong connection between Louisiana and Canada. A good number of people in the Louisiana area came from Canada! We recalled learning this in history at school, but had completely forgotten about it, or at least I did.   French-speakers from Acadia (now the Maritime provinces of Eastern Canada) were called Acadians. The Acadians were exiled from Eastern Canada when the English took over Canada and expected the French to adopt their religion and their politics. This occurred from the early to mid 1700’s. When the Acadians refused to adopt the … More…

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Audubon Zoo, New Orleans

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  The Audubon Zoo in New Orleans is ranked as one of the top zoos in the United States. We didn’t know this at all at the time.   In fact we had no idea how amazing it would be when we decided to take a break from Mardi Gras in Nawlins’, which of course, was fantastic fun, and in fact, when T suggested going to the zoo, I almost poo-pooed it. Who wants to go to a zoo when they’re in the middle of a place known for its fantastic music and parades and food? Now I am so … More…

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Best Kept Secret in New Orleans: Algiers

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  This might just be the best-kept secret in New Orléans. The Canal Street Ferry is FREE to go across the Mississippi River to the town of Algiers, a town that was annexed from New Orléans in 1870. Not only do  you get to cross the mighty Mississippi River, but you also have the opportunity for a spectacular view of the New Orléans skyline.   New Orléans Boardwalk   Start with a walk along the New Orléans boardwalk of the Mississippi River, admiring the bridge and the huge cargo ships from all over the world, and ending up at the Riverwalk Shopping … More…

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New Orleans Streetcars Cheapest Transportation

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  Walkabouts are definitely the best way to see New Orléans. Everyone strolls leisurely along stopping often to check out one interesting spot or another. There‘s always something new and amazing to see in every block; every corner brings a fresh surprise, from music to street show to food to architecture to crazy costumes, but walking can sometimes be a long distance away if you want to go to a different district, or maybe your feet are getting friggin’ sore.   Taking the old New Orléans streetcars is the second best and one of the cheapest ways to get around.   … More…

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Disney World For Adults

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New Orléans: Disney World For Adults   Mardi Gras is an event which must be experienced in order to be understood. It is a mixture of traditions and high-tech. It is a Disney World for Adults!   New Orléans has experienced disaster after disaster. Hurricanes, yellow fever, floods, wars, and just plain tough living are a few of the reasons it became something to celebrate to be a “Survivor”.  Since New Orléans is an eclectic mix of cultures with a mix of those languages and traditions, their survival is a constant source of celebrations! There are all kinds of celebrations happening all … More…

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Alligator Sausage and Praline Bacon in New Orleans

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  You could go to New Orleans just to experience New Orleans food, never mind the world-famous musicians and bands, the friendly people, the wild parades, and the unique culture.    The food is that good! It is “fun food” too.   You cannot help but have a good time in New Orleans because it is always full of surprises of one kind or another.   What are the traditional foods of Nola? Red beans and rice, jambalaya, gumbo (creole stew with okra), collard greens, and seafood platters. All absolutely delicious to T, and mostly disgusting to me, with the exception … More…

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Craziest, Wildest, Lewdest Place We’ve Ever Been

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  This place is full of fantastic music, sexual innuendo, great food, riské parades, endless surprises, fantastic music (hint hint) and just wild crazy fun! Have you guessed where we’ve been? It’s more fun than a barrel of monkeys, a basket full of strange surprises, and a wagon load of shocking innuendo. Yes, New Orléans is right! No, it’s actually “Nawlins” as everyone who has been there knows, of course.    New Orléans is not for the conservative or repressed. It’s not for someone who might be easily offended. If men dressed as women or women dressed as men, or … More…

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Canadian Woman Disgraces New York Opera House

    When a friend invited me to join him in New York to go the opera (his big obsession), I was hesitant. I was not that keen on opera, or even on a big city for that matter. We’ve always taken a ‘pass’ on big, busy, noisy cities, preferring the warmer local flavour of smaller centres. I hummed and hawed, then remembered that I could use my Air Miles to fly to New York. He said he would look after everything else.   Quite certain that I wouldn’t even like New York, but giving it a chance, I landed … More…

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