• Things To Know When Visiting Costa Rica

    Hanging out on the beach at Manuel Antonio! The humidit was intense.

    Hanging out on the beach at Manuel Antonio! The humidit was intense.


    It rains and it’s humid. Like REALLY humid.

    I know Costa Rica rains.. hence their rainforests. I did not know that it rained so much too the point where I don’t remember being completely dry. My hair… my skin… my clothes.. EVERYTHING was moist the whole week I was there. I’ve been in humidity, but sometimes I forget how sticky it can be. My recommendation is DO NOT where form fitting shorts, because you WILL have a terrible time trying to put them back on once the humidity has kicked in.

    They take USD

    No need to change your USD currency if you will be visitng popular tourist destinations. $1 was equal to $500 Colones when I was there. Fairly straight forward to buy items, your change will just come back to you in Colones. I personally still enjoy changing my currency. I like to think it makes me look more local.

    One of my favorite looking buildings in San Jose, Costa Rica.

    One of my favorite looking buildings in San Jose, Costa Rica.

    It’s not as cheap as you think it would be

    Speaking of money… be warned.. Costa Rica is not a budget traveker’s paradise. Sure you can buy a meal for about $5 – $8 bucks at a local Soda (small hole in the wall spot). The downside to Sodas is that they are not commonly located in the capital. In the capital, where I stayed, the prices were equivaletn to the United States. Sometimes I would catch a break and buy street empanadas or meat on a stick for a low cost, but that was only sometimes. The hotels, transportation and tours were all still relatively pricey. Not a bad thing, but just something to be aware of.

    The Capital (San Jose) is pretty centrally located. Centrally FAR.

    I wish I had time to bum around on a small beach town, but alas, I only had 1 week. Instead of being isolated on a beautiful beach, I opted to see as much of the country as I possibly could in a short amount of time. I chose to stay in San Jose which was centrally located to the sites I wanted to see. Now, if you want to follow in my foot steps, I must warn you that just because it was central, doesn’t mean it was close to anything. San Jose was roughly 2 hours away from anything of natural beauty. It’s a sweet location for some people, but I know all that travel time is not ideal for all. I personally enjoyed it.

    San Jose is the red dot. We went to North to Arenal, South West to Manuel Antonio and East to Pacuare.

    San Jose is the red dot. We went to North to Arenal, South West to Manuel Antonio and East to Pacuare.

    Bring Bug Spray and Sunblock

    I don’t get bug bites and sun burns are a foreign concept to me… but my best friend was with me and ended up with about 25 bug bites and some gorgeous looking sun burns. In fairness, I used sunblock too. But not because I burn, but because I don’t want cancer.

    You need to like animals

    Costa Rica is full of wild animals who have integrated their natural habitat to that of their surroundings. For the most part, they won’t bother you if you don’t bother them. As a matter of fact, the locals don’t like you bothering them, so don’t. But if you’re calm and steady, you can see some real gems! You have more luck seeing animals when near the rainforest versus the city. For example, I saw the most animals when I was hiking through Manuel Antonio, their National Park and also Pacuare River when I was river rafting. Some animals I saw are pictured below! (But I definitely saw more than what is pictured.)

    It's a sloth in a tree!

    It’s a sloth in a tree!


    A deer! A female! Ray... a drop of golden sun...

    A deer! A female! Ray… a drop of golden sun…


    It's Marcel from Friends!

    It’s Marcel from Friends!

    Pura Vida

    Last but not least, be ready to learn the Pura Vida lifestyle! Pura Vida is a saying meaning Pure Life, but it really means anything positive. It means, have a nice day, thank you, you’re amazing, enjoy your stay, have a great life, best wishes, cheers, you’re a rock star… you get the deal? The Costa Rican people are happy and kind and you’ll have the best experience possible if you let their lifestyle find a place in your heart too.

    PURA VIDA!

    Pura Vida it up at Manuel Antonio

    Pura Vida it up at Manuel Antonio

  • Neon Museum

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    Las Vegas gets a bad rap for being a cultural black hole. I’m aware the city is known for tearing down buildings before they collect too much history, but that doesn’t mean Las Vegas is void of all cultural interests. Take the Neon Museum for example. Also known as the Neon Boneyard or Neon Graveyard. You know all those flashy neon signs Las Vegas is known for? Well this is where they go to retire. In case you didn’t know… I LOVE NEON. So this place is now near and dear to my heart.

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    Moulin Rouge letters have been moved around to spell “In Love”

    The Neon Museum opened in 2012 and is located in Downtown Las Vegas and is dedicated to preserving the iconic art form of the neon sign. Tours are available daily and I HIGHLY recommend taking the time to visit. I will admit… I’ve lived in Las Vegas for many years and have only recently visited… but I don’t want you to make the same mistake! So when in Las Vegas.. JUST GO. It’s a quick hour tour where you learn the history of most of the 150 neon sign but also of the old buildings it used to light up.

    Neon Graveyard

    Neon Graveyard

    Sahara Hotel!

    Sahara Hotel!

    Most of the iconic Las Vegas Neon signs can be found in the Boneyard. Such as: The Golden Nugget, Moulin Rouge, Binion’s Horseshoe, Sassy Sally, Algiers, Sahara and my favorite, The Stardust! (Just to name a few, of course.) There are so many more that in a way an hour is definitely not enough. If you’re lucky enough to have the chance, I encourage you to visit more than once.

    Sassy Sally... It really means $a$$y $ally

    Sassy Sally… It really means $a$$y $ally

    I would love to give you the history breakdown of all the different signs but that would take the fun out of going yourself! I’ll give you one fun fact… The Stardust used to host “Nuclear Parties” aka…. come to the hotel and let’s watch the atomic testing in the desert. Stardust was also the hotel run by Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal!! Don’t know who that is? Robert Di Niro plays a character based on him in one of my favorite movies… CASINO! Have you heard of it? I hope so. If not…. go watch it now! See why the Stardust is one of my faves? 🙂

    The Stardust

    The Stardust

    So let me know… what do you think of Las Vegas culture? Until next time!

    ;)

    😉

  • Canyon Dreaming at the Grand Canyon

    Aerial view of the Grand Canyon

    Aerial view of the Grand Canyon

    I’ve had the opportunity to visit the Grand Canyon many times but I have decided that Maverick Airline’s Canyon Dream is the BEST way to see one of the natural wonders of the world. What is it? Why is it awesome? Three words. Airplanes and helicopters!

    Getting ready for the Canyon Dream Tour!

    Getting ready for the Canyon Dream Tour!

    Leaving from Las Vegas, you board a Beechcraft 1900D. It’s a small 18 seat plane that will get you to the Grand Canyon National Park in a mere 50 minutes. That means it just saved you 3 hours of your life. If that doesn’t sound like arriving in style to you… then I don’t want to be your travel buddy! All that extra time you save can be put to excellent use by exploring the park upon arrival. Now, the Canyon Dream isn’t ideal for hiking since you are scheduled to ride in a helicopter over the Grand Canyon!!!

    South Rim of the Grand Canyon

    South Rim of the Grand Canyon

    The airplane is nice and pretty fun but the helicopter is the peak of the tour. You fly for about 30 minutes over both the South and North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Honestly, you of course see the canyon at the edge of the viewing stations and you can experience the depth by hiking in to it through trails… but you get to see parts of the canyon that are only visible by air. Nothing beats the views of the canyon from a helicopter.

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    The Colorado River looking muddy after heavy rain fall.

    The ride gives you a true appreciation for how large the canyon is and how much character it has. You see the winding rivers, changing colors in the rock (you even see the second oldest piece of exposed earth!!!) and the difference between the South Rim and the North Rim of the canyon.

    North Rim of the Grand Canyon

    North Rim of the Grand Canyon

    The North Rim in itself is a big deal to see. It’s much more difficult to drive too and is only open during part of the year. The higher elevation of the North Rim creates more vegetation and a truly beautiful view to see from above. Not only is the scenery during the ride breathtaking but it’s just fun. If you like roller coasters and thrills or a general fan of trying something new, the helicopter ride is so for you!

    North Rim of the Grand Canyon

    North Rim of the Grand Canyon

    After all the excitement of the bird’s eye view of Grand Canyon, you hop back into the trusty Beechcraft and jet back home. Be sure to look out the window so you can see the West Rim of the Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam and Las Vegas as you fly in. That is, if you are not exhausted. Otherwise, the seats are at least comfortable enough to sneak in a good nap.

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    Views of Lake Mead from the Beechraft Plane

    Have I convinced you to jump on the next open seat for Canyon Dream yet? I hope so! Because it truly is an awesome experience. If you are NOT in the Las Vegas area but I have sparked your interest, at the Grand Canyon you can book a helicopter ride separately with Maverick Helicopters right next to the National Park. It can’t get more simple!

    So tell me, have you ever been on a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon or any other remarkable views? How did you like it? Leave me a comment and maybe you will inspire my next flight!

  • Sonoma Wine Tasting

    Walking through the vineyard. It's not the best idea to wear white to a red wine tasting, but it does look great in photos!

    Walking through the vineyard. It’s not the best idea to wear white to a red wine tasting, but it does look great in photos!

    If you like wine or know anything about wine, then I am sure you are familiar with the Napa and Sonoma area of Northern California. Known for their large quantities of vineyards and wineries, this area calls to the winos in us all. With over 600 different wineries and tasting rooms to choose from in the Napa and Sonoma area, it makes it almost impossible for a first time visitor to choose. So I decided not to!

    Sonoma, California

    Sonoma, California

    By that, I don’t mean I just aimless wandered around Sonoma until a kind stranger brought me to a vineyard! My big seester (Seester: Noun. Best friend who is like an older sister) signed us up for a wine tour with Terrific Tours . For the low, low price of $100 per person, we were able to sit in a comfy van and cruise from winery to winery. It really makes it easy for you to sit back, enjoy the wine and get a little bit wine wasted.  Terrific Tours focuses on boutique wineries, something off the beaten path that you may not find if you are just Googling “Sonoma, Wineries, Vineyards”.

    Christopher Creek Winery

    Christopher Creek Winery

    In total, we visited four different wineries. Each winery allowed us to taste anywhere from five to six different wines. (These glasses QUICKLY add up!). Overall, my two favorite wineries we visited were Kobler Estate Winery and Christoper Creek Winery. Both of these two wineries were beautiful and offered an excellent atmosphere to enjoy your excellent wine. Even though I was taking part of a wine tour, I never felt rushed. There was ample time spent at each location. Enough time to drink, talk and take plenty of pictures. I was fortunate to visit during a time of year when he grapes are stating to become their ripest and changing color. It’s called veraison and only happens during a small window in the year!!

    Sonoma vineyard grapes going through veraison.

    Sonoma vineyard grapes going through veraison.

    The tour lasted for about six hours from beginning to end. I enjoyed every minute of it! Up to my 20 minute nap in the van on the ride back ;). Sonoma is an area you can visit again and again and have a different experience each time. Each winery and vineyard has it’s own personality that there is always a reason to return. I enjoyed my time here thoroughly and I can’t wait to check out Napa some time soon. Very few things can make you feel fancier than walking barefoot through a vineyard with a glass of rose in your hand.

  • Lehman Caves – Great Basin

    Greetings from Lehman Caves in Great Basin

    Greetings from Lehman Caves in Great Basin

    There is a little known National Park called Great Basin and it is home to the Lehman Caves. Never heard of them? You need to know about them. Especially if you are remotely located to Nevada. Great Basin is in east-central Nevada, near the Utah border. It’s about a 4.5 hour drive from Las Vegas. Up in the mountains, Great Basin offers great views of the surrounding desert while offering it’s own beauty in the forms of green trees, natural creeks and lakes and some quality hiking for those who love the outdoors. As beautiful as it is, that is not the main draw of this National Park.

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    **I apologize in advance for some of the pictures. The lighting was very dim and they only allow minimal photography items into the caves!**

    The main draw of the park for many, including myself, are the Lehman caves. I’ve always wanted to visit something like these since reading Tom Sawyer, but those caves are all the way out in Kentucky. Lehman Caves are much more accessible for someone located in the southwest. (Even closer than Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico). Only accessible with a guided tour through the park for the low cost of $10 per person. You can tour the Lehman Caves for 90 minutes. The tours do sell out during the peak summer seasons. Purchase at least a day in advance.

    Lehman Caves, Great Basin - Nevada

    Lehman Caves, Great Basin – Nevada

    The caves are something out of this world! The guides are great in giving additional information information about the caves. My favorite part is when they turn out all of the LED lights and show you how dark it is. By dark, I mean pitch black. It was a little creepy to think about what it would be like to be lost in there forever. Luckily, the caves are now well lit and even have a paved path to follow. Even though the National Park Service has made it more tourist friendly, there weren’t that many tourists to be seen. Our tour group was small, only about 15 individuals total. It makes it an intimate experience and really easy to take as many pictures as you would like.

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    Lehman Caves, Great Basin – Nevada

    After exiting the Lehman Caves, my friend and I planned to sneak in a quick hike to see the lakes. The weather was perfect, so why not right? Well, we had to drive about 30 minutes up the mountain to start the hike and boy, did the weather change. It was overcast when we left the car and truly thought we could complete the 3 mile loop before the weather really changed. Mother nature did not agree with our endeavors. We made it about a half mile when it started to rain. We tried to power through for another quarter mile and then it started to hail… that’s right. It was 75 degrees and sunny at the base of the mountain but it was 40 degrees and hailing where we were. Sadly, we were unable to complete the hike. But it’s always nice to have something to look forward to for another time.

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    It’s hard to see the hail and rain.. but this is it as it’s starting to rain near a clearing.

    While I was at Great Basin, I learned that “half the park is after dark”. The area is one of the best places to star gaze. Since it is located in such a remote location, there is limited sky pollution which leads to a beautiful cosmic display. I love star gazing so Great Basin is definitely on my priority list to return and experience their astronomy program first hand.

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    Lehman Caves, Great Basin. I would not want to be stuck here for a night!

    Great Basin and Lehman Caves was such a random experience, it has truly motivated me to see what other untapped treasures the state of Nevada has to offer! The state is so large, I know there are some secret gems waiting to be found. Stay tuned to see what I explore next. Who knows where the lonely road may lead? I know I can’t wait to find out!

    Until next time...

    Until next time…

  • Lower Antelope Canyon

    Lower Antelope Canyon

    Lower Antelope Canyon

    Lower Antelope Canyon is located in Page, Arizona even though it looks like it’s from another world! This slot canyon is located on Navajo land, so you can not just freely hike the area. I opted to go with Ken’s Tour. Conveniently located right next to Lower Antelope Canyon, the guide’s from Ken’s Tour were all very helpful and informative about the canyon trail. The tours leave every 20 minutes with groups of about 15 people and takes roughly 2 hours to complete. I would recommend calling a few days in advance to see if a reservation is needed. For a low cost of only $28 per person, the tours tend to fill up fast!! And it’s easy enough to see why! It is a photographer and travel junkie’s dream come true.

    Lower Antelope Canyon ... Even the rocks have a reason to smile!

    Lower Antelope Canyon … Even the rocks have a reason to smile!

    The canyon walls are very high and you have to take a series of ladders down to get to the bottom. During flash floods it can fill with water all the way to the top, so I suggest checking the weather before embarking. 🙂 Once finally in the heart of the canyon, you will be blown away. (And if you are not, I don’t know what’s wrong with you!) Antelope Canyon is simply stunning. Formed by sand, water and wind, it’s spectacular to see what nature can accomplish all on it’s own.

    Lower Antelope Canyon, Twin Peaks

    Lower Antelope Canyon, Twin Peaks

    Antelope Canyon is beautiful from all angles. The guides are great at pointing out particularly beautiful view points, such as the one above, called Twin Peaks. I had to get down on the ground and look up to capture it. The uncomfortable angle was worth the shot.

    Antelope Canyon ColorsEven though it was mostly sandstone, the colors in some areas are truly mind blowing. It’s like a desert Alice in Wonderland. You can’t help yourself, you want to keep going!

    Clearing in Antelope Canyon

    Clearing in Antelope Canyon

    In some areas it is easy to believe that it fills up with water during flash floods, especially since it looks like something under the sea. The clearings are eerily beautiful.

    Light in Lower  Antelope Canyon

    Light in Lower Antelope Canyon

    Even though Upper Antelope Canyon is known for the light beams, Lower Antelope Canyon has it’s areas where the light hits just right. I can’t say it enough that you feel like you are in another world. It truly is magical.

    Candid of myself getting lost in Lower Antelope Canyon

    Candid of myself getting lost in Lower Antelope Canyon

    Most tour guides want you to stay close to the group. I was fortunate enough that my guide let me wander off a bit with Ashley. Who doesn’t want solo pictures in this beautiful place?

    The sky from below in Lower Antelope Canyon

    The sky from below in Lower Antelope Canyon

    I know I say this often but you HAVE TO GO HERE. I can not stress this enough. If you love nature, if you love beauty, if you love life… you owe it to yourself to see this place at least once. I am already planning a return. It’s a little life changing.

     

  • Muir Woods & Sausalito

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    The City of San Francisco is beautiful, that goes without question. But once in awhile, it’s nice to explore the surrounding areas as well. I thought this trip might be nice to do a stark contrast of nature and city by taking a trip over the bridge to Muir Woods. Muir Woods is located 12 miles north of San Francisco, in Marin County and is technically a National Monument.

    DSC01972It’s not easily accessible if you don’t have your own vehicle, since you have to cross the Golden Gate Bridge, but there are plenty of tours that will take you. I signed up through Extranomical Tours and it cost about $60 per person for a 3 hour tour. (Includes travel time from the hotel to Muir Woods, an hour and a half in Muir Woods and the remainder of the time in Sausalito.)

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    Having only an hour and half to explore Muir Woods, I chose to stay on the main trail. It’s a very straight forward experience. The path takes you from the visitor center right into the woods.

    IMG_20150128_230625You can see the tall redwoods reaching up to touch the sky and the bright green undergrowth.

    Muir Woods 8Although there are many visitors you share the path with, the experience is very peaceful. It seems that all the visitors do a great job of “being seen but not heard”.

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    Muir Woods is very photogenic and is a nice change from the desert that I’m used to in Las Vegas. The trees are so tall they block out most of the sun, (be sure to bring a jacket) but at some points you can see the sun shining through the trees and it really does look like a place time has forgotten.

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    IMG_20150128_230830You can easily spend more than an hour and a half at Muir Woods, but if you are on a time restraint, I think that you can still accomplish plenty of photos and self reflection in that time period.

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    Since you are in the area already, or if you are on a tour like I was, Sausalito should be the next stop. It’s a sleepy little town that makes you feel like you are in middle America.

    View of Sausalito

    View of Sausalito

    It’s completely different from the hustle and bustle of San Francisco. Although it is a cute place, I particularly am not the biggest fan. Maybe if I had more time, I would appreciate a day of doing nothing in Sausalito, however, since I only had a few days, I would rather have spent my time in the madness of the city.

    View of the Golden Gate Bridge from the Ferry

    View of the Golden Gate Bridge from the Ferry

    The best part of my brief time in Sausalito is taking the Ferry back to San Francisco.

    Passing by Alcatraz on the Ferry

    Passing by Alcatraz on the Ferry

    I love ferry rides and I enjoy passing by Alcatraz and viewing the skyline. It’s great to be able to view San Francisco from all angles.

    Bay Bridge and the San Francisco Skyline

    Bay Bridge and the San Francisco Skyline

    I wouldn’t recommend going out of your way for only Sausalito, but I do recommend Muir Woods! And I’m not saying you should skip Sausalito all together, but I am saying that taking a ferry back home is always a great idea. 😉

  • Hoover Dam

    Hoover Dam

    When visiting the Las Vegas area, if you have about 4 hours to spare then use it to visit Hoover Dam in Boulder City!

    I recently had the chance to take a guided tour and had a blast! If you like learning about history and architecture, this is the place for you! I personally think the Hoover Dam and Memorial Bridge are monolithic examples of what we humans are capable of. The Hoover Dam isn’t one of the Man-Made Wonders of the World for nothing! Taking about 5 years to build and weighing more than 18 Empire State Buildings, the Hoover Dam is site to see.

    Pipeline and Turbines of the Hoover Dam.

    Pipeline and Turbines of the Hoover Dam.

    The drive to the Hoover Dam from Las Vegas is about 40 minutes each way. Once at the Dam, I highly advise that you take a guided tour! It’s only $10.00 per person and it takes you down into the Dam where you can see the massive pipelines and gigantic turbines that help power the Dam and create all the energy. They even show you a quick educational video in the beginning. Who doesn’t love learning?! The overall experience is about an hour. Afterwards, I encourage you to explore the above ground sites.

    Memorial Bridge and Hoover Dam

    Memorial Bridge and Hoover Dam

    Standing at the viewpoints at the top of Hoover Dam helps you really appreciate the size of both the Dam itself and the monstrous overpass bridge, the Memorial Bridge. It’s very beautiful in it’s own way. The desert mountains in the back and the Colorado River down below.

    Hoover Dam Selfie

    Hoover Dam Selfie

    Probably the coolest part though is the Hoover Dam Memorial. The builders expected the Dam to withstand the next 2,000 years (they didn’t account for our over use of the Dam water!!) But that aside, they were not sure what kind of civilizations would inhabit the Boulder City Earth location that far into the future. So they wanted to send a message that could be read across time and space. They commemorated the Dam in the stars. The floor of the Hoover Dam’s commemorative art piece is a star map for its location on the date the dam was finished. HOW COOL IS THAT?!?! Cool and brilliant. Definitely take a moment to reflect on that when visiting the Hoover Dam.

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    And if you need more convincing for why you should visit the Hoover Dam, just know that you can also check out the quirky gift shop and find these little fellas. I know, you’re sold. 😉

    Bunny Horns

    Cutest souvenir ever.

  • Swamps & Plantations – February 2014

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    The road in front of Oak Alley Plantation. To the left is the plantation, to the right is the Mississippi River.

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    Swamps & Plantations. As I’ve mentioned before, plenty of my decisions for destinations are based off of what I’ve seen on television or film. So naturally, my first trip to the South would not have been complete without a visit to some of the historical plantations and the Swamp! This inspiration coming courtesy of Disney’s The Princess & the Frog. I didn’t want to rent a vehicle so I decided a tour company was the best way to go. I booked with Cajun Pride Swamp Tours because they had the most economical tour combo of one plantation and swamp tour for only $83.00, which compared to other options was a steal!

     

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    Swamps & Plantations

    Highlights and Recap

    The tour begins with a 20 minute drive away from New Orleans and takes you to the Cajun Pride Swamp. At first I was skeptical since the swamp appeared to be right off of the highway, however once on the boat they take you further into the area and all the noise disappears and you start to get a feel for what it would be like if you were alone on a paddle boat. It was a very enjoyable experience.

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    They have a baby alligator you can hold! (It’s a little on the cheesy side, but hey, you’re holding a baby alligator!)

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    You can tell that plenty of boats must come through on the daily because even the raccoons are trained to come to the shore when they hear the boats. I’m sure the fact that the boat driver throws marshmallows at them helps!

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    After the swamp tour, the bus return and it is onward to the plantations. We toured Laura Plantation which is a “Creole” plantation. Completely different from what I envisioned a plantation to look like. The main difference being the colors.

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    Laura Plantation

    Creole plantations distinguished themselves by being painted bright colors, whereas the “Anglo” plantations were simply white. Regardless of my original expectation, the tour was filled with historical facts that made me glad I had a chance to go. I enjoy history very much and this tour sure had plenty of that!

    Even though I didn’t have a history lesson about the next plantation, I would like to give an honorable mention to Oak Alley Plantation. I mean… look at it! It’s gorgeous and is exactly how you think a Southern Plantation would look. I think the walkway to this home says enough for why it’s worth seeing. It just screams “Southern Charm” in my opinion. It’s even been featured in some Hollywood movies!

    *Fun Fact* Southern Louisiana Plantations primarily grew sugarcane, not cotton.

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    Oak Alley Plantation

    The sightseeing during this part of my Louisiana adventure was extremely entertaining, however, I do believe my experience was heightened by my tour guide. His name is Caesar and he is AMAZING. If you ever find yourself in this area and have the time to go on a Cajun Pride Swamp tour definitely ask for him! He was so insightful on the city of New Orleans through his knowledge about the history and his own personal experience of being a local that you couldn’t help but listen and be fascinated by what he had to say. It also helps that he has a great sense of humor and in general is just tons of fun. He actually convinced my boyfriend and me to change our tour from the focus on Oak Alley Plantation to Laura Plantation. His tip was #1. There is more history at Laura and it’s much more interesting. #2. When they pick up the group from Laura Plantation, they stop at Oak Alley anyways, so it’s the loophole way to get more for your money. Who doesn’t love a tour guide that’s knowledgeable and can help you get a bang for your buck?

    Standout Snack

    Pralines are an insanely sugary dessert that can be purchased at most candy shops as well as gift stores in the French Quarter, or any tourist location in New Orleans. I purchased my first one in Louisiana at Laura Plantation where they say they make them fresh daily. How true that is, I’m not for certain, but oh my goodness they were delicious!!

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    I’ve tried them in other cities where they have clearly been shipped to that destination and have been sitting on the shelves for who knows how long, but having them freshly made in the city that created them… well there is nothing exactly like it. It tastes like the love that it was made with hasn’t expired yet. If that makes any sense to you. This was such a standout snack that this was the treat I decided to bring back home to friends and family so that they could get a taste of the sweeter side of Louisiana.