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The Presbytère

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I’ve never been to Mardi Gras. It’s over-rated, they say. It’s full of rowdy, drunk people, they say. It’s dangerous, they say. For years I believed them — whoever “them” is — and tried to convince myself that I wasn’t … Continue reading

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Micaela and the Cabildo

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The Gulf coast was drowning in late spring storms in May, so we expected our visit to be a weather wash-out. But who cares — we’re in New Orleans! Patricia was attending a museum conference and the perks included behind-the-scenes … Continue reading

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Dinner at Antoine’s

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We were headed to dinner at Antoine’s when we passed through Jackson Square, in the French Quarter of New Orleans, and I heard a  young woman telling her family, “I am not compromising my principles for a family photo!” She … Continue reading

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More Lighthouses: Bodie and Hatteras

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After we climbed Currituck Lighthouse, it became our mission to climb as many others as we could. So over the next week, we huffed and puffed our way up two others. About 40 miles south of Currituck is the Bodie … Continue reading

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Elizabeth I in North Carolina

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The Elizabethan Gardens, on Roanoke Island, is an “Elizabethan-inspired” 10-acres run by the Garden Club of North Carolina.  It was conceived in 1950 as a memorial to the Lost Colonists of Roanoke — the 120 English who arrived on Roanoke … Continue reading

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We’d gone into the visitor center in Columbia, North Carolina, for a quick stop before Somerset, but had gotten waylaid by an alligator. There was a nature loop that went from the center, through a swamp and along the river. … Continue reading

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Somerset Place: the Owners

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Joshua Collins I eventually bought out his partners and the next three generations of Collins owned Somerset (named after Somerset, England, where Joshua I was born). It’s Joshua III who, after his marriage to Mary Riggs of Newark, New Jersey … Continue reading

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