Montgomery, Alabama

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We left New Orleans early in the morning, stopped at the Infinity Space Center and made it to Montgomery, Alabama by late afternoon, where we checked into the fanciest Hampton Inn I’d ever seen. Hampton Inns are my hotels of choice … Continue reading

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Going to the Moon through Mississippi

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We were on I-10 in Mississippi, traveling from New Orleans to Montgomery, Alabama, when we saw a sign for a NASA space center visitor center. “Do you want to stop?” asked Mr. History Tourist. It wasn’t on our itinerary but … Continue reading

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Whitney Plantation II: ISO Nuance

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The current iteration of the Big House (as the Whitney staff call it) was built in 1815. It’s a raised cottage in the Spanish Creole style, with seven rooms on each level and a full length gallery across the front. … Continue reading

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Whitney Plantation I: Things that make me go Hmmm

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“I’m going to tell you things you may not want to hear.  I don’t want to upset you, or make you feel bad. But I have to tell you because these are the facts.” Hmmm. That was the opening salvo … Continue reading

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New Orleans IV: The Cabildo

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After the botanical gardens, we headed to the one history museum in New Orleans on our schedule: the Cabildo.  It’s one of nine historic properties that make up the Louisiana State Museum system. The Cabildo is a Spanish colonial building … Continue reading

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New Orleans III: A Streetcar Named Museum

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“They told me to take a streetcar named Desire, and then transfer to one called Cemeteries and ride six blocks and get off at Elysian Fields.” Tennessee Williams. A Streetcar Named Desire. Scene 1. We were waiting on Canal Street, … Continue reading

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New Orleans II: the Halloween Ghost Post

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My first chance to encounter a ghost at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel in New Orleans came not long after check-in. “Can we see the ballroom?” I asked the receptionist. “Yes. We don’t have an event tonight, but the doors should … Continue reading

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