Frank and I are heading South in early 2009 to visit my friend Rick (aka Rockcliffe Rick – don’t forget to stay there when you’re in Hannibal!) in Shreveport and then on to Natchez where I have a ridiculously large birth family. In the meantime, here’s a glimpse of what awaits us . . .

Rick here, friend of Mark’s. Recently moved to Shreveport and have traveled from corner to corner getting to know the people and terrain of this diverse and fun-filled state. In Shreveport, folks enjoy good southern cooking. Strawn’s Eat Shop says it all. Great strawberry pie, the best biscuits ever and always a friendly face and story with a local-flavor. Loyd Hall is an old plantation home located outside Alexandria, LA known as Cenlo Area of the state. Great stories about its haunting and incredible B&B options, if you are brave enough. Opelusus takes you south of Cenlo on your way to the quatrant of LA most folks know. Plantation homes and wonderfully big trees fill this part of the state. Then there’s New Orleans with wedding parades, Bourbon Street and incredible architecture. My favorite place of all to date? Natchitoches (and not only because I love the name and spelling or because STEEL MAGNOLIAS was shot there)! You can try a meat pie (which they are known for), enjoy the River Walk, see old homes (as I was here in the final picture) or actually take a STEEL MAG walk…maps available at the visitors center. Come vist y’all y’all!

Rick Rose

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