Author: Paul F. Stahls Jr.

Old-Fashioned, New-Fangled New Orleans Tours

‘Tis the season, and Louisiana streets and buildings are once again donning those tinsel-time colors of red and green. For New Orleans and especially the French Quarter, however, red is the dominant hue by a wide margin, thanks to a…

Honoring Athletes at the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame

The Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame was established by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association in 1958, but it was a Hall without a hall until Natchitoches and Northwestern State University stepped up to the plate in 1971 with an offer…

Cycles of Life Along the Creole Nature Trail

Road trip! From the farthest corner of Louisiana, it’s only four hours to a destination that attracts nature-lovers from the farthest corners of America. The Creole Nature Trail – among the first of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s 150…

U.S. 84 Trek

Exploring Concordia, Catahoula, La Salle and Winn parishes

Castle by the River

The Old State Capitol has a long and storied past, making it a great place to explore in the present.

Along the Tammany Trace

That the entire eastern half of the Lake Pontchartrain Northshore is now spanned by a grand 31-mile bike trail is no longer news. The surprise is that it has had such an impact. Simply by threading them together, the Tammany…

Ouachita Riverfronts

Our year of riverfront explorations ends next issue with a Yuletide visit to New Orleans, but this time we’re sightseeing the Ouachita River, starting in Monroe.Don Juan Filhiol (FEE-yol), who had fought under Louisiana’s Spanish Gov. Galvez against the British…

Louisiana Riverfronts: Alexandria-Pineville

From the waterfronts of Shreveport and Bossier City, which we visited last issue, it’s 125 miles southeast along Red River to another pair of river cities, Alexandria and Pineville, where you will behold the fruits of the labors of two…

roaming the Riverfront at shreveport-bossier city

Attention, kids: It’s vacation time, and the riverfronts of Shreveport and Bossier City are a great place to take your folks –– lots of supervised activities for them, plus plenty of attractions you’ll enjoy seeing together. Always considered a fun…

The Riverfronts of Southwest Louisiana

In the January/ February issue, Baton Rouge became the starting point of a yearlong Traveler pilgrimage to interesting urban riverfronts all around the state. This time, we’re visiting the Calcasieu River, Bayou Teche and the Atchafalaya River to explore cities…

Louisiana’s Aviation History

The Wright brothers freed man from the shackles of gravity in 1903. By World War I (with the cavalry still on horseback) our airmen were flying surveillance missions and dropping hand-held explosives, while barnstormers back home promoted Red Cross and…