AUG
30

Visiting New Orleans

New Orleans, USA | 2 comments

The simple smell of classic Cajun dishes like Gumbo or Jambalaya remind me of my many visits to New Orleans. Because our dad traveled to the area a lot for work when we were growing up we often accompanied him during those travels for a little family road trip.

Most of our time was spent walking around exploring the city and checking out shops, swimming in the hotel pool, eating classic foods like the Muffuletta and a couple trips to the aquarium.

My dad’s Grandmother’s brother built street cars in New Orleans.

New Orleans has a lot of family history from my dad’s side of the family. On a couple of occasions we visited old cemeteries to check out some of our Italian ancestors who had immigrated to the United States (this part of the trip was not something that we really appreciated as kids).

We also visited the location of a Saloon that my Great Grandfather on my Dad’s side had. He sold it to his brother in law, my dad’s Grandmother’s brother. I think these things are all pretty cool now and I’m glad I have the memories of these visits.

As a kid, one of the really memorable parts of the trip was crossing the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, a 24 mile bridge and one of the longest bridges to drive across. Sometimes you couldn’t see land anywhere during that part of the drive.

I haven’t been to New Orleans in a long time, but earlier this year I took advantage of some incredibly inexpensive flights that were available between Denver and New Orleans to go visit my brother, Jon, and his girlfriend, Erin, who live in the Baton Rouge area.

I arrived at the end of the work week so I spent a couple of days at his home while they were at work stocking up his freezer with some of his favorite freezer meals. When the weekend arrived the three of us took a little trip to New Orleans. First things first, we hit up a Snowball stand on our way out. Best summer treat ever.

If we were going to spend the weekend in New Orleans there was no question that we had plans to enjoy some good Cajun food. We ate dinner at The Original Pierre Maspero’s in the French Quarter and enjoyed Gumbo, Jambalaya, Red Beans and Rice, just to name a few.

It rained quite a bit on our trip but we took advantage of the dry spells to stroll along the streets of New Orleans after dinner, sample Pralines and other candies, and browse a few shops.

We spent the next day exploring the National World War II Museum. In all of our past trips to New Orleans with our dad we had never visited the National World War II Museum.

I actually hadn’t even realized that the museum was there until last summer I was searching for World War II related museums. Logan and I had spent the summer working on a big Allied Air Command WWII Bomber 1000-Piece Puzzle which lead to a pretty intense interest of all things World War II for Logan.

I learned that the reason we never visited the museum before, as well as the reason I had never known it was in New Orleans, is because it didn’t exist yet during out past visits. It was originally known as The National D-Day Museum when it opened back in 2000 and later changed to The National WWII Museum.

I wondered why New Orleans? Well, that was one of the first things we learned when we started our tour. The Higgins boat which was used many amphibious landings during WWI was designed, built and tested by Higgins Industries in New Orleans. Eisenhower once said that Higgins was “the man who won the war for us.”

Because Logan and I had worked on the aircraft puzzle the summer before one of my favorite parts of the museum was the US Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center where we saw some of these planes restored to their former glory.

It was a short trip but all in all a great trip. I had a fantastic time visiting a city that I hadn’t been to since my teen years as well as spending time with family and exploring the National WWII Museum. If you’re ever in New Orleans I highly recommend checking it out. And while you’re in New Orleans, don’t forget to enjoy some great Cajun food.

 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Arm & Hammer. The opinions and text are all mine.



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MAY
12

Learning to Ski at Beaver Creek

colorado, ski, skiing, snow, spring break ideas | 1 comment

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Written by Erin Truax, guest travel writer This spring I had the opportunity to go skiing for the first time at Beaver Creek. I was traveling with my boyfriend and his sister, who both have experience snowboarding and skiing respectively. Since I had never skied before I knew I was going to need a lesson [...]

FEB
27

Winter 2013 Ski Trip – Part 1

colorado, ski, skiing, snow, winter destinations, winter travel | 1 comment

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Christmas break 2013 managed to be the perfect blend of low key relaxation and fun after last year’s very busy and full holiday season with a lot of visiting family that I played host to. This year was fun with skiing, ice skating, tubing, cooking, movie going, and plenty of peaceful laziness in between. My [...]

SEP
26

Girl Hunter Adventure Getaways with Georgia Pellegrini [Giveaway]

adventure getaway, adventure travel, girls trip, travel planning | 10 comments

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Please welcome the lovely Georgia Pellegrini for a guest post! Georgia has been over here before, but if you’d like a refresher you can read all about her and her book Girl Hunter right over here. Take it away Georgia…(don’t forget to check out the fun jewelry giveaway at the end). Recently I have been [...]

DEC
19

Vail’s Opportunities for the Beginning Skier

colorado, mountain, ski, skiing, snow, vail, winter destinations, winter travel | 4 comments

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As someone who has been on skis before, but without proper lessons during my first experience, I am 100% sold on the Adult Ski Lessons at Vail. My first time skiing was nearly 12 years ago. I spent the better part of my day falling on my bum, losing my skis, and crashing into other [...]

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14

Surprise Getaway Trip: 10 Tips Glitch-Free Surprise Planning

colorado, mountains, surprise trip, the four seasons, travel planning, vail | 1 comment

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By the time you read this Eric and I will be well on our way to Vail, Colorado to enjoy and celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary. Sound fun? The best part is that Eric doesn’t know where exactly we are traveling to, and until last night believed that we had plans for a Friday day [...]