Thursday, July 21, 2011

A Little Louisiana

We arrived in Gonzales, Louisiana on Friday the 8th of July to a lot of heat, humidity and Cajun Cookin'. Saturday we went for a drive to familiarize ourselves with the town and proceeded to get lost as we went down Canal St. After turning around in a very beautiful, upscale neighborhood and heading back we came upon this sight. Two guys in a canoe towing a dead, bloated carcass.

The Conversation went something like this:

Darryl: What the heck do you think they are doing?

Cindy: Maybe they are trolling for Alligator.

Darryl: What is it they are towing behind them?

Cindy: (A reputed authority on all things dead and bloated) Looks like a pig or something.

Darryl turns the truck around and goes back for a second look. He then stops and asks the 'gentlemen' what they are doing and the answer, although a little difficult to understand in the thick Creole accent, surprised us.

"This here's my 18 year old Lab. She went missing a couple o' days ago. She done crawled off and died up the canal a ways and we've looked all over for her. Junior here spotted her dis mornin' and we went and found her and are takin' her home to be buried beside her sisters."


Speaking of Swamp People - Darryl and I haven't had TV in our home since 2007 so we weren't really sure about the whole 'Swamp People' Craze. But now that we have been down here among the Bayous and swamps we are here to tell you there are a lot more Swamp People than what you see on TV! And boy can they cook! (Some new church friends are actually neighbors to the famous Swamp Folk from the History Channel.) We are loving it down here.


And when you speak of the deep south something that always comes to mind are the beautiful plantation homes that were built right along the Mississippi River. Below are only three of the many beautiful plantations in the area.

Bocage Plantation - Circa 1837

And the very beautiful Oak Alley where Darryl and I were treated to a wonderful luncheon and Tour of the house!

On Saturday we found our way down to New Orleans for a little sight-seeing. We walked and window shopped along Royal Street strolling into many antique shops - (Can you say $300,000 Dresser and $100,000 Chandelier?) St. Charles Street, Jackson Square and the River Walk. We ate our first Mufalato Sandwich and realized there will be so much more to see and do on our next trip.

Below are picutres of St. Louis Cathedral, the oldest Cathedral in the U.S.A.

The Statue of Andrew Jackson - Hero of The Battle of New Orleans. Contrary to popular belief, the legend of the meaning of the horses hooves is just that - Legend. Andrew Jackson did not die in Battle and later served as President of the United States.

And the final picture is in honor of our sweet Cat.

See ya while ago!

1 comment:

Cali and Travis said...

Looks like fun. Can't wait to come & visit. (Although I can do without any gator sightings, thank you very much!)