Alligators in Louisiana

Not even a  blink of an eye did this alligator make as he came to look at us crazy sweaty tourists on a  boat in a Louisiana bayou. I have always had an unhealthy maybe some would say a morbid fascination with crocodiles and alligators and whilst my greatest fear would be to discover one in water that […]

My first taste of absinthe.

My first taste of absinthe was in New Orleans…. To be fair it will probably be my last taste! Trying a glass of absinthe has been on my bucket list for sometime and in my head I imagined a luminous green thick liquid which when swirled round the glass would stick. I imagined a dark […]

The two sides of New Orleans

As we slid into Bourbon Street on a hot sticky August afternoon the road was quiet save a few tourists walking back to their hotel rooms for a rest and a shower…….I didn’t know what to expect but The Grey Traveller had arrived for a 3 day slash 4 night stay over and I was ready to […]

Jambalaya lyrics.

Goodbye, Joe, me gotta go, me oh my oh. Me gotta go, pole the pirogue down the bayou. My Yvonne, sweetest one, me oh my oh. Son of a gun, gonna have big fun on the bayou. Jambalaya and a crawfish pie and fillet gumbo Cause tonight I’m gonna see my ma cher amio. Pick […]

Cajun Shepherd’s Pie

Just occasionally The Grey Traveller is inspired by travels to cook something up at home. This time it was a Cajun Shepherd’s Pie inspired by my visit to the famous Pat O’Briens on Bourbon Street in New Orleans. I didn’t have one of the famous Hurricane cocktails but I did have a refreshing gin fizz mixed to perfection in […]

The alligator swamps of Louisiana

With time to kill between Nottoway Plantation House and New Orleans an obvious stop off point had to be something swampy for this geographer. Even as we entered Louisiana, from the highways we could see this unique, slightly spooky ecosystem with what seemed like trees growing up out of the water….and boy we experienced a lot of […]