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… →
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… →
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… →
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… →
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… →
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… →
We were trying to party hardy, really we were. Perhaps we are a little under-stated, but we were having fun, just like everyone else in New Orleans! The Ticket Officer wasn’t buying it. She gave T a ticket! A Ticket and a Scolding for not partying hard enough! Seriously. I mean T often looks serious, but just because he looks serious doesn’t mean he wasn’t having fun. No matter what excuses we gave, she still didn’t buy it. “I’m warning you. You will go to jail if I catch you again!” And no – this was not set up. … More… →
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… →
<a href=”http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/14946963/?claim=p7xrnf7smrm”>Follow my blog with Bloglovin</a> We all want to go to a beautiful, fascinating, relaxing place, but wouldn’t it be great if that could be one of the cheapest places as well? There are such places – more than you might think. The only reason we can afford to travel at least once a year is because we find the cheapest places. Since we live in Canada, we tend to travel during the long cold winter and we look for the best and cheapest places to go. Even on those years that I have said to my husband that … More… →
Recently, someone said to us, “I wish you would write about….”, and it occurred to us that we have never actually asked our loyal readers exactly what travel information they wish we would write about! So this is your opportunity to say what you are thinking. Don’t be shy. Tell us what you would like to know more about in terms of travel and vacations. We will do our darnedest to research thoroughly and provide the information that you are seeking. Is it the cheapest places to travel? Is it the best bang for your dollar? … More… →
Wow, who would have guessed that travelling could be so healthy?! According to a survey of more than one million people, Expedia says that travellers reported that getting away from home and exploring the world increased their sex drive. Why? Because travel results in an improved mood and more body confidence, which in turn makes travellers more amenable to closeness. The article below goes on to explain that as our stress levels decrease, our positive moods increase resulting in many benefits such as a higher perception of self, higher motivation levels, higher productivity and a generally more positive … More… →
So you are in MEXICO, and there you are eating Asian and Caribbean and Italian and French food!!? Not Mexican food, but exotic foods from all over the world. What’s up with that? You’re in Mexico. Oh sure, there are traditional Mexican restaurants – good ones too, and we’re not complaining at all, but it gets tiresome eating the same food (Mexican) all the time. Aren’t we spoiled!. The truth is, Isla Mujeres is now more of an adventure in international foods, than the quaint little Mexican island it used to be years ago. But what a cool … More… →
No one deserves more special attention than your MOMMA. Mother’s Day is that special opportunity one day of the year to make time and attention for your Mom. Mother’s Day is only a week and a half away – May 8th! Have you made some special plans? Have you bought her a special gift? The most pure and unconditional love comes from our Mothers. Who has been more fiercely protective of you? Who held your hand when you were sick or fell down and hurt yourself? Who said your art was beautiful? … More… →
One never knows when an opportunity may come along to be a hero. It is never planned, and probably the last thing on your mind at that moment. My friend, G, loves to snorkel and spent many an afternoon at the far end of the lagoon at the North Beach on Isla Mujeres, Mexico, in the deeper water where the fish and other sea creatures are thick and flourishing. The lagoon is the perfect place to snorkel because the water is so clear and it’s shallow a long way out until you get near the rocks and the … More… →
We’ve been researching all kinds of travel accessories to see if there are any that are truly worthwhile, and which ones are just another tech toy to take up more precious room in your carry-on. But I wish they would invent one friggin’ cord that works in ALL DEVICES. I’m really tired of packing all these individual cords and chargers and accessories for each devices. Aren’t you? Of course we all have a cell phone or an Ipad or a small laptop today with many travel apps to guide us in our travels. Be they for maps or … More… →
One evening on Isla Mujeres, Mexico, the sunset was particularly beautiful. We walked out onto the beach, closer to the water, to take a few colourful sunset photos. A Mexican man and his four children were laughing and playing beside a table and chairs. I asked if I might sit on one of the chairs to take some photos, and they said, yes, of course. As I was taking sunset photos, I couldn’t help but take a few photos of this family having so much fun. They were digging a deep hole in the sand, then the youngest boy … More… →
Isla Mujeres is an island surrounded by beaches and depending on the weather, you can choose the best beach. Having a choice of 4 unique beaches is really quite fun, and the best ones are all within walking distance of the North third of the island. If it is very windy, you can go to the calm West side of the island, facing Cancun, where it is protected by the mainland. You can get a reasonably priced massage here too. Cancun across the water at dusk… If it is just a little breezy, The North Beach (Playa Norte) on … More… →
Isla Mujeres, Mexico, has a wild side, a very wild side. In fact, it has two wild sides. It’s worthwhile to rent a golf cart and drive the length of the 7 km island. Along the way, you will find Chedrauil, the big grocery store, a village, the natural bush land of the island, treed roads, a turtle farm, a dolphin experience, roadside food and seashell crafts. As the Southern tip of the island narrows you can see both sides of the island at once and it is quite spectacular. Usually there is a Mayan … More… →
The day after we arrived at Isla Mujeres (Island of Women), a tiny island off the coast of Mexico near Cancun, we were all set to enjoy a lovely afternoon at the gorgeous North Beach, when the rain started. A downpour filled the streets to overflowing within a short time, climbing over the sidewalk opposite our hotel. So much for our first beach day. The next day we started looking for a golf cart to rent and were barraged with salesman trying to convince us that they had the best carts for the best prices and beckoning us to … More… →
There once was a man who always had a sparkle in his eyes. He was that special type of guy that EVERYONE LOVED. He treated everyone the same – young or old, black or white or brown, fat or thin, quiet or outgoing, religious or not, rich or poor – with RESPECT. He LAUGHED easily at anything and everything, and TEASED everyone mercilessly. Children loved him. Strangers meeting him for the first time loved him. He paid special attention to each and every person he met. In the picture below, you can see his total attentiveness when talking to … More… →
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