Where to Go: Montgomery
Montgomery doesn’t have the best reputation for being a traveler’s destination. I was hesitant to stop for more than an overnight stay, certain there wouldn’t be enough to do. I was wrong.
There are things to thoroughly dislike or disapprove of about Alabama (a certain Cabinet member, for one), but we can’t forget the history of its capital to spite its present. In fact, its history is ever more important today. (more…)
Vacherie: Oak Alley Plantation
Oak Alley is the beautiful plantation with its white-columned Big House and alley of multi-century old trees you’ve seen in dozens of film and photograph backgrounds.
Oak Alley is one of those places where the guides dress up in costumes, parasols sometimes included, to show you around the home. It’s one of those places that has buildings where you can spend the night and offers itself up to fanciful weddings and videos and shoots made for people much wealthier than the average tourist. It’s one of those places that has a restaurant and a café, both overpriced. In other words, it’s commercialized. (more…)
Best Of: New Orleans
Best Surprise: “Before I Die” – Candy Chang
I blogged about Candy Chang’s installation being my favorite part of our stay in the city a couple weeks back and that statement still holds even after combing through the photos. It could be a simple thing, easily destroyed, but it wasn’t. The fact that the wall was left alone and used (mainly) for its purpose, speaks volumes about its message. It was a privilege to read the hopes and dreams of others even if I didn’t know to whom they belonged. Their inner reflections allowed me to reflect on my own hopes for the future and for that I am grateful. (more…)