Fabulous Fall Getaways
Escaping from the everyday during fall is one of travel's greatest secret pleasures: the perfect climate, right ratio of visitors to locals, meals that celebrate the harvest bounty, and off season prices that make it truly affordable. The harvest is also a good reminder that not every family is as fortunate. During September, you can help...
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Kids Discovering
Forget a wig. Real spies know there are a lot better ways to disguise your looks-like putting cheek pads in your mouth to change the shape of your appearance. At the Imperial War Museum in London, kids gave a thumbs up to the Horrible Histories Spies exhibit. "Horrible Histories" is a very popular British kids' TV series; This interactive...
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Best Chefs
read more under TMS 2014 Lake Charles, LA
Work in the culinary arts sometimes requires extensive traveling to perfect a craft or to move up in the kitchen hierarchy. Many of Acadiana's chefs, for instance, hail from other regions of the country, sometimes other parts of the world. The following are several chefs who now call Acadiana home, bringing new culinary trends into the re...
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Learning About Birding at the South Dakota Birding Festival
read more under TMS 2014 Lake Charles, LA
"Look Mom," my youngest says as she contently stares out our window, "it's a red-breasted warbler." Is it? I have no idea. But she is likely correct. Ever since our trip last spring to the South Dakota Birding Festival, her interest in the feathered friends that surround us at home and as we travel has increased. At a glance she can name ...
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Did I Have an Alligator Mother?
read more under TMS 2014 Lake Charles, LA
In the book of life, the decline and death of one's mother is a significant chapter, and when it ends, it is also the end of any hope that things will change for the better. Frankly, I had a very complicated relationship with my difficult mother and I was trying unsuccessfully to make sense of it after her recent death. I figured that tra...
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Lafayette, Louisiana
read more under TMS 2014 Lake Charles, LA
Lafayette is considered the soul of Cajun Country and as such is the perfect place to both trace the history of and experience the unique convergence of cultures and the resulting explosion of music, cuisine, art, architecture and lifestyle that set the region apart. This is a city in which it appears the "good times roll" unabated and on...
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Topped With Adventure
September 21, 2014
Linda Aksomitis

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Linda Aksomitis

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Ghost in the Grevemberg parlor
August 14, 2014
The Grevemberg House in Franklin, Louisiana, was built in 1851 by town lawyer Henry Wilson. He later sold the home to Mrs. Frances Wyckoff Grevemberg, who had lost her husband, Gabriel Grevemberg, in the 1856 hurricane that devastated Last Island or Isle Derniere off the coast of Louisiana. Mrs. Grevemberg and her children lived in the house for many years, then different owners purchased the home until the City of Franklin took over the property in 1948.
Happy (Southwest Louisiana) Trails
November 12, 2014
Lake Arthur has been called one of Louisiana's hidden secrets, an enormous freshwater lake south of Jennings and midway between Lake Charles and Lafayette that’s been attracting hunters and fishermen for years. Since the opening of the Regatta LA Seafood & Steakhouse Restaurant on the water's edge in 2011, the lake has been culling new visitors, many of them day-trippers looking for a chance to relax and watch the sun set over the lake.
Best Chefs
November 12, 2014
Work in the culinary arts sometimes requires extensive traveling to perfect a craft or to move up in the kitchen hierarchy. Many of Acadiana's chefs, for instance, hail from other regions of the country, sometimes other parts of the world. The following are several chefs who now call Acadiana home, bringing new culinary trends into the region, or incorporating Louisiana ingredients and culinary styles into their expertise.
Learning About Birding at the South Dakota Birding Festival
November 11, 2014
"Look Mom," my youngest says as she contently stares out our window, "it's a red-breasted warbler." Is it? I have no idea. But she is likely correct. Ever since our trip last spring to the South Dakota Birding Festival, her interest in the feathered friends that surround us at home and as we travel has increased. At a glance she can name dozens of birds, while I am lucky to squeak out a handful without help of a birding book or app.
Taking the Kids -- to the World War II Museum
November 6, 2014
What are your 14 year olds up to? Jack Lucas was in the Marines. Yes, he'd lied about his age to join during World War II, but just three years later he won the Congressional Medal of Honor for using his own body to shield three members of his squad from two grenades during the Iwo Jima campaign, nearly getting killed when one exploded.
Lafayette, Louisiana
October 31, 2014
Lafayette is considered the soul of Cajun Country and as such is the perfect place to both trace the history of and experience the unique convergence of cultures and the resulting explosion of music, cuisine, art, architecture and lifestyle that set the region apart. This is a city in which it appears the "good times roll" unabated and one is never at a loss for a Cajun-style adventure.
Smooth Traveler Louisiana, Another Tale of Acadie (Part One)
October 25, 2014
On April 5, 1840, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, one of America's premier authors of the era, was visited by Nathaniel Hawthorne and Reverend Horace Conolly. During the course of the visit Conolly told a story based on a 1755 historic event that he felt would make a great novel for Hawthorne. Hawthorne declined the novel idea and five years later Longfellow began work on the epic poem "Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie."
Did I Have an Alligator Mother?
November 3, 2014
In the book of life, the decline and death of one's mother is a significant chapter, and when it ends, it is also the end of any hope that things will change for the better. Frankly, I had a very complicated relationship with my difficult mother and I was trying unsuccessfully to make sense of it after her recent death. I figured that traveling was as good a way to heal as any I know, so my husband Paul and I headed for southern Louisiana.
A belly-stretching search for the best boudin
October 17, 2014
Even if you are a certified foodie, you might not know about boudin, a specialty that is like manna to Cajun Louisianians. It can be described as a pork-and-rice sausage, but that's like describing pizza as flour, tomato and cheese. Boudin invites you to sit down, preferably in a local, no-nonsense joint, and bite in. And perhaps the best place to take that first bite is in the area around Lake Charles, which is rich in Cajun culture. All you need to do is loosen your belt, hop in your car and set out on the Southwest Louisiana Boudin Trail.
Taking the Kids -- to New Orleans, and beyond
August 22, 2014
Want a marshmallow? The 6-foot-long alligator, dubbed Otis by the locals, who's minus one foot and swimming alongside our boat certainly does. We're in the Honey Island Swamp in Slidell, Louisiana, on Louisiana's Northshore on the Pearl River Swamp Eco Tour. It's another world from New Orleans, though we are just 40 minutes from downtown, across Lake Pontchartrain.
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