Cajun Country for the First Time

It is rare to find a place within a six-hour drive of Paris that I haven’t explored.  Lafayette and the surrounding Cajun country of SE Louisiana was one of those.  It beckoned with its unusual French past and foot stomping music.  The recommendation by a friend of a historic bed and breakfast finally got us… Read more »

Family Offerings in Alexandria, Louisiana


New Land of the Jaguar section at Alexandria Zoo Alexandria lies right smack in the middle of Louisiana, neither full blooded Cajun nor Creole, but a nice absorption of  cultures that have passed through.  And there have been many.  First the Choctaw, Tensas, Appalachee and Pascagoula Native Americans, followed by the French, and then the… Read more »

On Squirrels, Cracklins, and Alligators – Louisiana Leads the Way


Squirrel at Alexandria Zoo – This one’s safe.  With our national chain restaurants and fast food franchises, it’s often hard to be surprised by menu offerings.  But in Louisiana, regional food experiences are available for the asking.   Recently, I joined four  other travel writers to explore Alexandria/Pineville, Louisiana and its environs.  They were from… Read more »