ON A DARK, MOONLESS NIGHT, my friend and I joined a small group as we quietly walked the narrow cobblestone streets of New Orleans, listening to our guide tell tales of the sights around us. She pointed to shadowed, curtained windows, some even shuttered, and described unimaginable acts that took place behind them. She shared stories of horses and wagons rolling along these same streets, carrying the dead. She talked of “people” said to have been spotted for generations. Our group hung onto our guide’s every word as we crisscrossed the city during Haunted History Tours’ New Orleans Vampire Tour. Afterward, over drinks, we recounted the stories we had heard, imagining what had happened in the bar where we sat ... across the street ... in our hotel ... and what spirits and otherworldly creatures may lurk about.
Though air travel slowed as airports temporarily closed and borders shuttered to stifle the spread of coronavirus, the airline industry — led by oneworld alliance member airlines — enacted enhanced protective measures to reduce risk and protect passengers.
DURING A RECENT visit to Baton Rouge, it seemed a post-holiday calm had fallen over the city, with building anticipation of the start of the festive Mardi Gras season right around the corner. Though quieter than its rollicking sister city to the south, there is still a laissez le bon temps rouler vibe in the Red Stick.