New Orleans, swamps, plantations and other family haunts in Louisiana
Alligator in Honey Island Swamp

New Orleans, swamps, plantations and other family haunts in Louisiana

Want a marshmallow? The 6-foot-long alligator, dubbed Otis by the locals, who’s minus one foot and swimming alongside our boat certainly does.

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Families flock to the National World War II Museum in New Orleans
Inside the National World War II Museum in New Orleans

Families flock to the National World War II Museum in New Orleans

Jack Lucas became the youngest Marine ever to receive the United States’ highest military honor. The wallet he had in his pocket that day tells just one of the many stories at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans.

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Kids cooking it up for their parents in New Orleans hotel
Kitchen Kids program at Omni Royal Orleans hotel

Kids cooking it up for their parents in New Orleans hotel

I like that Omni is as interested in encouraging kids to expand their palates when they are on vacation as in feeding their parents. As part of its Sensational Kids program

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Hello gator!  On a eco swamp tour in the Louisiana bayous
Pontoon boat on the Pearl River Swamp Tour

Hello gator! On a eco swamp tour in the Louisiana bayous

We’re on a Pearl River Swamp Eco Tour in the Honey Island Swamp in Slidell on Louisiana’s Northshore in St. Tammany Parish, about 40 minutes across Lake Pontchartrain from downtown New Orleans.

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On a culinary tour of New Orleans with a former history teacher
Naif Shahady leads New Orleans Culinary Tour

On a culinary tour of New Orleans with a former history teacher

We’re in the so-called Mystery Dining Room at Antoine’s in New Orleans, the famous restaurant that has been operated continuously by the same family since 1840, our first stop on a wonderful New Orleans Culinary History Tour through the French Quarter led by former history teacher Naif Shahady.

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An old-fashioned family crab boil in Lake Charles, LA
Marilyn Dawdy with dinner

An old-fashioned family crab boil in Lake Charles, LA

I’m at a Fais-Do-Do, A Cajun Dance party, at Travel Media Showcase and Marilyn Dawdy, I learn, mid-lesson, is catering the big event for the conference in the Lake Charles Civic Center overlooking Lake Charles.

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