Tag Archive | Louisiana

10 Places/Things I’ve Been/Done That Still Make Me Pinch Myself

I thought I would share a list of ten places/things I have been/done that still surprise even myself.

1) New Orleans, LA

2) Eating beignets at the Cafe Du Monde

3) Staying in a Royal Guest room at Port Orleans Riverside (not just once but twice now)

4) Dinner at Paula Dean’s Lady and Sons restaurant in Savannah (twice)

5) Staying at the Christmas Place Hotel in Pigeon Forge, TN

6) Kentucky Wildcats Basketball game at Rupp Arena

7) Garth Brooks concert, twice

8) Seeing a Grand Ole Opry induction from the front row

9) Grand Ole Opry at the Ryman

10) Staying at the Opryland Hotel

Two Coming this Year:

1) Disney Cruise

2) Eating at Cinderella’s Castle

2015 

2015 where have you gone? It is hard to believe tomorrow is already the first day of 2016. Here is a look back at my 2015. 
I traveled to 3 new states; Louisiana, Mississippi, and Michigan. In those three states I visited a few cities; New Orleans, West Monroe, Natchez, Grand Rapids, and Holland. I even tried some new foods; fried catfish, wilted salad, beignets, and a dole whip. 
Little Baby Girl E was born this year. I got a bonus trip to Disney World where I got to see the Osborne Lights for the first time and the castle all in lights. All in all 2015 was a good year. I can’t wait to see what 2016 has to bring! And if everything goes as planned another trip to Disney will be on the plate in 2016, the first of hopefully many for my little J and E.

My Journey Into The Heart Of Southern Belle Country: The Food

We enjoyed some really good food in Mississippi/Louisiana.  When we ate out we tried to eat at local establishments.  The family we were staying with cooked a few nights for us.  I tried fried catfish for the first time and wilted greens at their house.  Catfish has always scared me I am not going to lie, but the way they fried it, it was pretty good.  We ate at Roux 61 in Natchez, my steak was good, and their salad was really good, but the thing I liked best there was the little corn pie.  Then there was the Italian Restaurant in Natchez.  Their food was good but not my favorite.  We also at lunch at the Castle Restaurant at Dunleith,  wow!  Not only was the setting beautiful but the food was magnificent.  The plus with eating there was we got to tour the downstairs of Dunleith, which is not open to the public, only to guests who stay at the Bed and Breakfast or eat at the Castle.  But the best steak I had while down there was at Johnny Mae’s in Vandalia.  The steak melted in my mouth!  I almost forgot about the Magnolia Grill, we ate lunch there one day, I had a chicken sandwich with a sourdough honey wheat bun that was out of this world! 

   

  

  

    

 

My Journey Into The Heart Of Southern Belle Country: Louisiana

All my life I have heard about my dad’s summers spent in Louisiana.  He talks about them fondly, so I was excited to see what Louisiana was all about.  A lot of Louisiana is farmland and there are a lot of little cities.  We stayed on the Louisiana side of Natchez in Vandalia and most of the family we were visiting with lived in Louisiana.  Our hotel was beautiful.  It was right on the Mississippi River.  The one night I sat out on the veranda writing my post cards watching the Mississippi River flow.  It was no beach but it was still beautiful and relaxing.  We could see Natchez under the hill from across the River.  We did go to New Orleans one day but I am saving that for a post all of its own.  Something for Duck Commander/ West Monroe.  I would say if you are going to go to Natchez stay on the Louisiana side in Vandalia Louisiana.  I am glad I can say I have been to Louisiana and seen some of the places my dad remembers so fondly from his past.

  

  

My Journey Into The Heart of Southern Belle Country: Natchez

I really did not know what to expect when I got to Natchez but, WOW!  Natchez is an interesting city with lots of history and lots of antebellum homes.  There is no interstate only state highways, they have a mall and a hospital, they are a connecting city between Mississippi and Louisiana, and I’m sure their tourism does pretty good.  But for the most part it is small town USA.  And that is one of the things that makes it so great,  overlooking the Mississippi River makes it even more beautiful.  We were there in spring and the weather was perfect, I can not image it in the summer.  In downtown Natchez one building after the next is just amazingly beautiful.  The Catholic Cathedral in Natachez is georgous from the outside in.  I would like to go back and really take more time to look around the downtown area.  Walk the streets and really take in some of its history. 

 
  

  

   

Something New Saturday: A Week of New Things 

I’m going to change gears a little bit this week.  This week I experienced a lot of new things/firsts and I thought I would share them with you.

  1. I traveled to two new states: Mississippi and Louisiana 
  2. I had fried catfish for the first time
  3. I visited New Orleans (Hopefully for the first time)
  4. I rode on a double decker bus for the first time
  5. I ate my first beignets from the Cafe du Monde 
  6. I saw the Duck Commander wear house and shopped at the store.  
  7. I saw Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers at the Opry

I think that is about it.