Category: Louisiana

5 reasons to visit the Deep South

5 reasons to visit the Deep South

There are dozens of reason to visit America’s Deep South, all of them valid. The first thing is to decide which States comprise the Deep South. For me, and this is totally subjective, they are Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee. I think these typify the sense of fun, the music, the variety […]

Oak Alley Plantation

Lights, camera, action: 7 ways to go behind the scenes

Visual effects in film may have advanced dramatically, but most directors still choose to shoot in real locations, taking advantage of some of the world’s most dramatic landscapes or filming in period settings that add authenticity to a scene. There’s something quite special about seeing these pseudo-fantasy locations in real life, adding an extra dimension […]

Tranquility Bay Resort, Ambergris Caye

10 things to learn while you travel

Experiential travel is the best kind – and what better way to get under a destination’s skin than by learning a new skill under the guidance of local experts? From cooking and dancing to surfing and diving, via a multitude of handicrafts, here are some suggestions for educational, practical activities to try out on your […]

5 of the best UNESCO World Heritage Site tours

5 of the best UNESCO World Heritage Site tours

There are literally hundreds of UNESCO World Heritage Sites spread across all five continents with more being designated ever year. Each site offers a unique and fascinating experience to discover more about our history, culture and biodiversity. Every traveller has different interests, Battered Suitcase specialises in personalised itineraries, tailoring tours and holidays to suit the […]

Explore Lake Charles, Louisiana in luxurious style!

Explore Lake Charles, Louisiana in luxurious style!

When most people travel to Louisiana it usually goes something like this: 1. head straight to New Orleans; 2. eat (at overpriced, touristy spots) and drink (way too many watered-down Hurricane cocktails) alongside swarms of other tourists on Bourbon Street; 3. stay wherever you can get reservations in the French Quarter and never leave the area. However, […]

8 ridiculously expensive and mouth-watering desserts

8 ridiculously expensive and mouth-watering desserts

Some food is more expensive than others, it depends on where you are having it, who’s making it and what rare ingredient has been added to it. One can understand the main course being expensive with that logic, but explaining how you splurged a few thousand dollars on desserts alone can take some explaining. Let’s […]

The ultimate bucket list - part 2

The ultimate bucket list – part 2

Continuing from our previous instalment of the Ultimate Bucket List, we are scouring the Earth trying to find the most adventurous and memorable things to do before kicking the proverbial bucket… Visit the Grand Canyon Regarded as one of America’s natural wonders, the Grand Canyon would understandably feature on anyone’s bucket list. It is a […]

Passenger wakes up from flight to find himself in a locked, cold, dark and empty plane!

Passenger wakes up from flight to find himself in a locked, cold, dark and empty plane!

Imagine if you fell asleep on your flight and didn’t wake up on landing. Take that a step further and imagine none of the passengers or crew had spotted you as they disembarked. They all leave, leaving you alone on the plane. Now spare a thought for Tom Wagner for whom this precise scenario happened. […]

Southern hospitality: where to stay in the Deep South

Southern hospitality: where to stay in the Deep South

If there is one thing America’s Southern States are famous for, it’s their hospitality. The region’s frenetic cities of Memphis, Nashville and New Orleans are an explosion of colour, sound and food, culminating in a culture known the world over for its friendliness and generosity, while the area’s rural regions offer a verdant and peaceful […]

Top 5 places to celebrate Independence Day

Top 5 places to celebrate Independence Day

American Independence Day is one of the most universally celebrated events in America where the people get together and celebrate the 1776 Declaration of Independence from the British Empire. You can find yourself in many different places all over the country so here is a list of the top 5 places around the country to […]

Embassy Suites: 62 hotels in the next 3 years

Embassy Suites Hotels, an upscale Hilton brand, is planning to open 62 franchised hotels in the next three years.  It currently has 192 hotels, and officials say the planned properties represent the strongest development pipeline in the brand’s 24-year history. New properties will include locations in Memphis, Denver, New Orleans, Houston, St. Louis and Miami. […]

Luxury New Orleans hotel offers soulful accommodation for National Music Festival

The JW Marriott New Orleans is welcoming out-of-towners to New Orleans for the annual ESSENCE Music Festival taking place Fourth of July weekend at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. The festival features three full days of world class music, accompanied by daytime festival activities, featuring free and open-to-the-public ESSENCE Empowerment Seminars, non-profit community organization […]

New Orleans Jazz Festival 2008

New Orleans Jazz Festival 2008

It’s New Orleans Jazz Festival time again. This year the festivities run from 25th to 27th April 1st to 4th May. Those scheduled to appear include The Neville Brothers, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Jimmy Buffett, Tim McGraw, Santana, Sheryl Crow, Widespread Panic, Dr. John, Al Green, Diana Krall, Keyshia Cole, The Raconteurs and Irma Thomas.

New Orleans historic sites competing for grant money

The Big Easy has seen better days. Since Hurricane Katrina, this popular travel destination has been working feverishly to replace not only the homes for its residents, but the popluar attractions that make New Orleans such a fantastic place to visit. To back this effort, American Express has pledged $400,000 to help out nine sites […]

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2007

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2007

Thousands of musicians and fans will be heading for New Orleans shortly for the city’s premier music event. The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2007, or the more simply known ‘Jazz Fest’, will take place from 27th to 29th April and 4th to 6th May 2007. Harry Connick Jr., Rod Stewart, Steely Dan, Norah […]

After Katrina: the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans

After Katrina: the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans

The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans has re-opened after renovations and repairs in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Formerly the city’s Maison Blanche department store, the hotel offers a choice of restaurants and a beautiful courtyard in which you can relax. On  the third floor of the remodeled hotel, a restaurant aptly named  Mélange rather unusually has […]

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