This trip is a whirl wind, I really thought I’d be posting more frequently but I’m so tired at night. And the heat….
Let’s go back to last Wednesday the 20th when we left New Orleans and completed our tour of S. Louisiana. What a couple of days! We started out on 10 heading west to the exit for Vacherie which is along the Mississippi and is home of some beautiful Plantation homes. We were interested in two, Oak Alley and Laura. We were short on time so I decided to just tour the Laura, an old Creole Home, they grew sugar cane, like much of southern Louisiana. We learned that you could tell what language they spoke in the home by it’s color. If it was painted white they spoke English inside, if brightly colored, they spoke French. I highly recommend the tour. We did drive by Oak Alley, stunningly beautiful!
We then took 20 to Thibodaux where we stopped for lunch at Bubba’s Po Boy. The kids by now are just having me order for the table, to try local foods. Here’s what we shared: A half oyster, half catfish Po Boy, I couldn’t decide, seafood gumbo and a bowl of crawfish stew. So yummy, all of it, but the Po Boy, I’ll dream of it!
We left here with satisfied bellies heading to Avery Island where the Tabasco Factory is. Avery Island is of course more than hot sauce, it’s also home to Jungle Gardens and Bird City, natural preserves for animals. We arrived in time for the 3:20 tour of the factory, it smelled so good in there! Then to the gift shop to sample the line of Tabasco products, so many, evan a tabasco soda which was surprisingly good, but a no go on the ice cream. I’d love to return someday to see the natural part of the island. Oh, a cool tid bit. Avery Island is a salt mound and it’s believed to be as deep as Mt. Everest is tall. Cool! The salt is a big contributor to the making of Tabasco.
From there we headed to our cabin in Breaux Bridge a little town outside of Lafayette. I did love this town, cute little Main Street, good food. Our cabins, Bayou Cabins that is, where too cute, small & charming. On a friends recommendation we ended up at Cafe’ Amis for dinner, ordered crawfish Etouffee & aligator sausage. At this point I’m thinking I just need to get the heck out of LA before my belly is never the same again, ha. But it gets worse, or better the next day for lunch. Thursday morning we toke a swamp tour with De la Houssaye’s Swamp Tours. The tour took us out on Lake Martin for a bit over two hours. Interesting how I never fail to be naturally attracted to activist types. Marcus de la Houssaye, our guide, is passionate about the swamp and has much to say about how the government is doing what they can to destroy it. Sending in the pesticides, killing the floating plants, draining the lake, etc. This is all negatively effecting the wildlife of course. You could clearly see the differences between where they where spraying and the areas they hadn’t, it was sad to see, but the natural areas were still very beautiful. What I also loved about him was that he talked about how alligators are naturally fearful of humans, as we are they’re only predator, it’s people feeding them that make them lose that fear and become dangerous to us. A fed gator is a dead gator. He didn’t pull any silly ‘let’s get a gator to jump out of the water’ tricks like some tours do. He did point them out though, swimming or sun bathing.
After the tour he invited us and the two other guests (these two were also staying at Bayou Cabins, she from Vietnam taught the group how you can eat the inside bud from a Lotus flower) to lunch with him at Glenda’s Creole House and this is where my mouth smiled and my belly said “enough”. Oh but it was soooo good. The best food on the trip hand down and I haven’t talked about Texas yet, ha. Oh, did I mention they were on No Reservations with Anthony B? Of course they were:-).
We had to book it after lunch to make it to San Antonio which you’ll hear about next time, so we had to pass on stopping for Boudain and Cracklin, thank God! Maybe next trip.