The National World War II Museum: an American (and New Orleans) Treasure

The National World War II Museum: an American (and New Orleans) Treasure

 photo credit: Dsdugan I recently had the opportunity to visit the incredible National World War II Museum in New Orleans.   It was one of my most memorable stops while staying in the Warehouse District this summer, which I wrote about previously (read it here.)   The sprawling National World War II Museum opened on June 6, 2000, the 56th anniversary of D-Day, and was originally called the National D-Day Museum. It is located in downtown New Orleans, and contains five pavilions on a six-acre campus. The museum is a remembrance and celebration of the major contributions and sacrifices Americans made during…Read more
Art, Culture, and History Come Alive in NOLA’s Warehouse District

Art, Culture, and History Come Alive in NOLA’s Warehouse District

There are plenty of reasons why visiting New Orleans is on so many peoples’ bucket lists. Of course, all of the great food, drink and music are a major draw, but the Big Easy is a lot more than just the greatest party city in the world; it is also a hotbed for art and culture. Most people visit the well-known areas such as the French Quarter and the Garden District, and rightfully so. They are definitely must-see destinations. But just adjacent to the French Quarter is an up and coming area called…Read more
Experience the Wonders of Louisiana’s Wetlands at the Barataria Preserve

Experience the Wonders of Louisiana’s Wetlands at the Barataria Preserve

Header image source I recently wrote about my wonderful visit to the Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center in Thibodaux, one of John Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve’s six sites scattered throughout south Louisiana.  The other sites include The Acadian Cultural Center in Lafayette, The Prairie Acadian Cultural Center in Eunice, The Chalmette Battlefield and National Cemetery (the site of the Battle of New Orleans during the War of 1812), The French Quarter Visitor Center in New Orleans, and The Barataria Preserve just outside of Marrero, where I spent a very memorable day!  This natural wonder encompasses over 23,000 acres…Read more
The Cajuns Come To Life at the Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center

The Cajuns Come To Life at the Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center

Acadians, more commonly known as Cajuns, have had an enormous impact on the culture of Louisiana. Acadians are descendants of French settlers who, in the late 16th century, settled in the northeastern region of North America. When they were forced out by the British, most of the Acadians migrated to southern Louisiana, inhabiting the mosquito-infested swamps, bayous and prairies that nobody down there wanted. They became known as Cajuns, a corruption of the word Acadian, and you can learn all about them and their fascinating way of life by visiting the Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center in…Read more