205. Swamp & Bayou Tour – New Orleans, LA

If you are in New Orleans for any more than a couple of days, you’ll need to take a break from the alcohol and stench of Bourbon Street for awhile.  One thing to do is to take a swamp/bayou tour. There are many out there and I had been on one the last time I was here but it didn’t compare to Airboat Adventures Swamp Tours http://www.airboatadventures.com/.  Located in Lafitte just a 30 minute ride from […]

204. The Garden District – New Orleans, LA

Just a cable car ride away is a really great diversion and polar opposite atmosphere from the craziness and stench of Bourbon Street. The Garden District is rich in history and down every tree lined street are stately homes with spectacular architectural details, beautifully landscaped yards tucked behind ornate garden gates. We did a self-walking tour and were able to take our time. You can go on the internet and get a map of the […]

203. The French Quarter – New Orleans, LA

While I did post previously about Bourbon Street,which is technically in the French Quarter, I feel for the most part they are worlds apart. Bourbon Street is a racey no holds barred non-stop party, a bit smellier and dirtier than any other street in the French Quarter and not a place for families with small children. I do, however, think a family could plan a relatively decent vacation in New Orleans while keeping off of […]

202. Bourbon Street – New Orleans, LA

Whenever the subject of Bourbon Street comes up, I find either people love it or hate it. There doesn’t seem to be any gray area amongst people I’ve talked to who’ve been and even the reviews on TripAdvisor are split 50/50. I, however, do both love and hate it and there is a lot of gray area. I’ve been to New Orleans several times and the first day I’m there, I always hit Bourbon Street. […]

201. Madison Farmers Market – Madison, WI

Held on the Capitol Square in Madison, Wisconsin every Saturday of the month from 6:30am-2:00pm, this farmers market is the best I’ve ever been to.  So much so, that we drive 2 hours just to get there.  It’s one of my favorite ways to spend a summer Saturday though and we usually make a whole day of it.  There is always something going on in the area around Capitol Square, the mood always festive, and […]

200. Larsen’s Beach – Kilauea, Kauai

Larsen’s Beach is located in a secluded area on Kauai’s northeastern shore. There is no road that leads all the way to the beach, and the one that leads near it is a dirt road. It is also quite a steep mile hike down to the beach on an overgrown Kaua’i red earth path. If it has been raining (and it does a lot on the North Shore) then expect slippery sections and some trail […]

199. Na Pali Coast Helicopter Tour – Kauai, Hawaii

This was a once in a lifetime opportunity and definitely the most memorable hour of our entire trip. Only 10% of Kauai is viewable by car so we decided what better way to see the other 90% than by air. After much research, we chose Jack Harter Helicopter Tours http://www.helicopters-kauai.com/tour.html for their safety record and great reviews on both Yelp and TripAdvisor. And, although priced higher than their competitors, they were the only helicopter company […]

198. Hanalei Bay – Hanalei, Kauai

We loved this beach and town so much that we actually came twice. The first time was on our way back from Ke’e Beach to watch the sunset from the famous pier that juts out into the bay. I had seen so many pictures on Pinterest and travel sites that I just had to get some myself. The pier sunset and flame throwing entertainment didn’t disappoint but we also fell in love with the beach […]