Spring Festival Season

The spring festival season in Louisiana is an exciting time, with French Quarter Festival, Festivals International, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and the Bayou Boogaloo all happening within the span of a month. Azaleas, gardenias and wild irises are in bloom, and the not-yet-humid air is scented with jasmine. We had an actual spring this year, with cool, sunny weather that almost made up for the coldest winter in twenty years.

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Christmas Bonfires

Every Christmas Eve, the levee along the Mississippi River in St. James Parish, Louisiana is transformed into a necklace of blazing bonfires. It seems as if everyone in the towns of Gramercy, Lutcher and Pauline, which are located about midway between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, has participated in building one of the log structures that are set alight at exactly seven o’clock in the evening, often with accompanying fireworks. The homes along on the road that parallels the river are bustling with parties for family and friends, while food trucks and small vendors sell food, fireworks and glow sticks.

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Onward to Québec

Québec City has long been on both of our bucket lists. Scott had been to Montreal a few times (once, performing at the Montreal Jazz Festival with Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas), but Québec City had a different kind of allure—more French and maybe more European.

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