A Visit to New Orleans: “Laissez les Bons Temps Rouler – Let the Good Times Roll”

Prior to departing for a vacation, I would suggest reading a novel, seeing a movie or renting a video that features your destination. If you are heading for New Orleans, a “must read” is the classic A Confederacy of Dunces, a Pulitzer Prize winner by John Kennedy Toole. The unforgettable Ignatius Reilly is one of[…]

New Orleans: Sightseeing Between Courses

My love affair with New Orleans began when I was a student at Tulane University. Peel and eat shrimp, oysters on the half-shell, gumbo, beignets and muffaletta became standard fare. Al Hirt, Pete Fountain, Louis Prima and Fats Domino appeared nightly in French Quarter clubs. Food and music are the foundation of the Big Easy.[…]

Shreveport – A Good Bet

A Short History – Shreveport was founded in 1836. During the Civil War, it was the state capital after Baton Rouge and Opelousas fell. From 1948-1960, the iconic Louisiana Hayride Radio Program originated from Shreveport. Elvis made his broadcasting debut and Hank Williams was a regular. The mid-1990s changed the city forever with the introduction[…]