New Orleans: One of the USA's Most Fascinating Cities
New Orleans is a Louisiana city on the Mississippi River, near the Gulf of Mexico. The city is known for it's distinct French and Spanish Creole architecture, as well as its cross-cultural and multilingual heritage.
Nicknamed the Big Easy, it's known for its round-the-clock nightlife, vibrant live-music scene and spicy, singular cuisine reflecting its history as a melting pot of French, African and American cultures.
Embodying its festive spirit is Mardi Gras, the late-winter carnival famed for raucous costumed parades and street parties.
The city is often referred to as the unique city in the United States. Let's find out more in the video.
Kisatchie National Forest, Bayou Campground
Kisatchie Forest Bayou
The best places you must see in France during your trip
France - a country surrounded by love and romantic mood. France is a country of hundreds of pleasant aromas and bright lines of blooming orchards. France is also the homeland of gourmet dishes. The atmosphere of tenderness, calm and appeasement surrounds French streets. The most famous fashion shows are held in France, and the best couturiers of the world never get tired creating a fascination for this magical country. You will never be able to learn everything about France from books. Traveling France cannot be done within a week, month and even a year. France fascinates with her mysterious charm, she makes you want to dream. Weather in France is predictable, there are no abrupt changes in temperature, and the climate is pretty warm.
It is impossible to list all the attractions of France. Perhaps there are more of them here than anywhere else on Earth. Nobody else cares as much about their architectural heritage as French do. Lakes flooded with dense fog, quiet and snowy Alps, gentle sun on the green meadows - all of it calls for you, ready to share the secrets of many centuries.
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Paris, Eiffel Tower Garden, Playing Pétanque jeu de boules
Pétanque (French pronunciation: [petɑ̃k]) is a form of boules where the goal is, while standing inside a starting circle with both feet on the ground, to throw hollow metal balls as close as possible to a small wooden ball called a cochonnet (literally piglet) or jack. It is also sometimes called a bouchon (literally cork) or le petit (the small one). The game is normally played on hard dirt or gravel, but can also be played on grass, sand or other surfaces. Similar games are bocce and bowls.
The current form of the game originated in 1907 in La Ciotat, in Provence, in southern France. The English and French name pétanque comes from la petanca [peˈtaŋkɔ] in the Provençal dialect of the Occitan language, deriving from the expression pès tancats [ˈpɛ taŋˈka], meaning feet together or more exactly feet anchored.
Pétanque players on the beach at Nice, France.
The casual form of the game of pétanque is played by about 17 million people in France, mostly during their summer vacations. It is also widely played in neighboring Spain. There are about 375,000 players licensed with the Fédération Française de Pétanque et Jeu Provençal (FFPJP), some 3,000 in England, and 1,000 in Lafayette, Louisiana, United States. Another 20,000 or so play in Quebec, Canada. Additionally, pétanque clubs have arisen in cities throughout the United States in recent years. Petanque is also played in Southeast Asia due to the French presence in the area during the last centuries: Laos, north Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia.
Kisatchie Falls, Kisatchie National Forest, Louisiana
The book, The Bottle Tree by Robert D. Bennett, is set in a turpentine camp that really did exist in the Kisatchie National Forest not far from Natchitoches, Louisiana. My grandfather lived in the camp when he was a child and the idea for the book was based on stories I heard from him and my great-aunt. More info at
2011 June1, Sedona Arizona - a must see destination!
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Sunflower Fields of Sanborn, NY | Drone Video
Dan Oshier Productions visited the Sunflowers of Sanborn, NY showing an aerial tour of the fields by drone in the early morning.
(From The Buffalo News Gusto article by Ben Tsujimoto. (Published August 10, 2018)
In 2017, the Danielewicz Farm was not prepared to host a social media phenomenon.
Thanks primarily to Instagram's popularity and a selfie-centered generation, more than 2,000 people visited the Sanborn farm last summer to frolic in a field of blooming, yellow sunflowers. Artsy selfie photos were just the start, fueling the viral craze that briefly made Sanborn the place to go. Couples and families soon caught the fear of missing out, trekking to experience the glorious field for themselves and make sure their social media followers knew that they, too, had taken advantage of the fleeting natural backdrop.
The best part of last year was the stories, the testimonials, remarked Sunflowers of Sanborn events coordinator Deanna Przepiora. [The field] was both cheery and peaceful, they'd say. It was the perfect place to get away, to decompress. They'd say how we brought joy to them.
Excited to improve visitors' experience and take more safety precautions, the three-person team of farm owners Chad and Louise Brachmann, plus Przepiora, Chad's sister, has plotted out a busy summer for the new crop of vibrant yellow plants.
Sunflowers of Sanborn opens to the public at 11 a.m. Aug. 11 at 3311 Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn. Gates to the sunflowers open at 8 a.m. daily for exploration, but hours for concessions, the mini town and kids activities will be from 4 p.m. to dusk Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
The farm is free to visit, and parking is free. The sunflower field is expected to remain open through the second weekend in September.
A new setup
Last year, the Danielewicz Farm sunflower field was not positioned to accommodate throngs of curious visitors.
Anxious to snap photos by the roughly six-foot-tall plants, many drivers parked near or at the intersection of Baer Road and Route 31, congesting an already busy thoroughfare and creating unsafe situations.
For 2018, then, the Brachmanns planted their roughly 1,000 sunflower seeds 500 feet away from last year's field, leaving space for a 100-spot dirt parking lot.
As Chad Brachmann explained in the video, the farm has staggered when the sunflowers bloom, which means visitors might not witness a scene like this article's featured photo on the first weekend.
But, the owners did experiment with new seeds; sharp reds and oranges will be intermingled among the piercing yellows. Should visitors want to take a sunflower home, there's a separate field for picking and a barn for trimming, Przepiora noted.
While the flowers were planted from late May into early June, the area's exceedingly dry July challenged the farmers, forcing them to trust an irrigation system to properly nourish the plants.
Explore the Town
Working with Hahn's Ponds and Niagara Lawn & Garden Equipment, Sunflowers of Sanborn will introduce a mini town, with a Western theme, consisting of five huts stationed behind the sunflower field. A general store, creamery, cafe with grilled hot dogs and burgers, and a sunflower-based novelty shop with garden trinkets are among the attractions.
Przepiora highlighted the Gem Mine, a special area for kids. After purchasing a bag of sand ($6, or two for $10), kids can pour the contents of their bag into a basket with small holes. Water from a waterfall then rushes through the basket, removing the sand and unveiling roughly 20-25 brightly colored gems.
Guests may purchase and decorate a rock to place under the Tree of Hope; proceeds benefit the Breast Cancer Network of Western New York.
Special Events at the Field
Three special events have been scheduled for the month.
*Crafters in the Field, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 18 and 19. More than 60 vendors - mostly artists and craftsmen - will set up in the sunflower fields, which gives attendees something to do other than take pictures.
*Sunrise Yoga, 8 a.m. Aug. 25. An hour of yoga in the sunflower fields is followed by a chance to explore the farm.
*Food Trucks in the Field, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 1. Ten trucks are scheduled to participate, including Ms. Judi's, Just Pizza, The Cheesecake Guy, Hawaiian BBQ, J&L Boulevard BBQ, The Salad Bar, Dirty Bird and Coyote Cafe.
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Paducah, KY Cities & Streets episode # 28
Cities & Streets visits Paducah, Kentucky, Mt Hood Lavender Farm