Where do you even start with a road trip through Texas and Louisiana like ours?   15 days, 2 US states, 3 cities, 800 miles of driving + 1 internal flight, a serious amount of Texan Bar-B-Que, a swamp tour on a Louisiana bayou with gators and raccoons, music pouring from doorways, a small red car christened Bonnie (just because we could), 7 hotels (definitely a record for us, we usually like to make a single… View Post

US Roadtrip Diary: Our Louisiana Plantation Stay

US Roadtrip Diary: Our Louisiana Plantation Stay

Leaving behind the zooming traffic of the motorway, we turned from the busy I-110 to a gently curving US Highway 61 shouldered by dark trees and the occasional Mom and Pop business. The late afternoon sun broke over the horizon and our SatNav announced that were almost at our destination, the Butler and Greenwood Plantation. Having followed the Mississippi River upstate from New Orleans slightly past the historic town of St. Francisville, we steered Bonnie… View Post

US Roadtrip Diary: Louisiana Plantation Exploring

US Roadtrip Diary: Louisiana Plantation Exploring

With heavy hearts we watched New Orleans disappear from the rear view mirror (well, ok, I kept an eye on the road with glances every so often Dad) and we began our roadtrip in earnest. With a car full of snacks, a few tunes on the radio and the satnav set to ‘wander’ we headed north along the ‘Ole Miss’ River. After a few hedonistic (and rain-soaked) days in New Orleans soaking up the Jazz… View Post

A Louisiana bayou swamp tour – our incredible experience.

A Louisiana bayou swamp tour – our incredible experience.

“C’Mon Gators! COME AND EAT US” screams our captain as he lobs chunks of meat over the side of the boat. Mr Kiwi and I swap uneasy looks with each other, both wondering if going on a swamp tour was such a brilliant idea after all. Miles from New Orleans we were floating on a glorified tin can, surrounded by rusting steel structures wrapped in mangroves and very little else as far as the eye… View Post

23 of the best places to go in New …

23 of the best places to go in New Orleans

Please excuse the somewhat clickbait style post title, but I was at a bit of a loss how to describe our time in New Orleans, a magical Louisiana city. The home of Jazz is heavy with music spilling from each corner, the buildings are redolent with French-style balcony railings perfect for people watching and Mardi Gras beads literally hang from the Jackson Square trees year round. Creole and cajun spices imbue meals with history, a… View Post