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Krewes and King Cakes

Today, January 6th marks the 12th night since Christmas, the day the wise men arrived to see the Christ child. It is recognized in Christian faiths as the Feast of the Epiphany and marks the end of the Christmas holiday season. In New Orleans, this day also marks the...

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Plantation Time

Louisiana plantations in the second half of the 19th century were very much in a self-sufficient economy.  Since it took at least a week either by horse and buggy carriage along the river road, or more commonly by steamboat, to get to and from the market, they...

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Swamps in the Fall

People often ask:Is it fun to do a swamp tour in the bayou in the fall and in the winter? And the answer is: yes of course! You may see fewer alligators and snakes because reptiles slow down, hide, and begin to hibernate when the temperature is below 70 degrees, but...

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History of the Napoleon House

Did you know Napoleon Bonaparte never stepped foot inside of the French Quarter home that adopted his name? Now a famous bar/restaurant and registered National Historic Landmark, the Napoleon House was first occupied by Nicholas Girod, mayor of New Orleans from...

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