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the perfect place to play "tourist" !
four millions habitants on 125 000 km² (four times Belgium) under a subtropical
climate, a unique wildlife and hundreds of very nice little places...
I'll not play "Tourism Office" but Louisiana is nice !
over the bayou...
and a bottle of Rhum...
one's must not be afraid to drive... Highways are made for it, but anyway,
4 to 8 hours to find an interesting place can be boring...
that's the price to pay : in the US, distances do not have the same meaning as
in Europe. I was, for example, driving an hour and a half every Saturday
for groceries (and the same to go back home), so I definitely could do a little
more to see some of the rest of this beautiful state !
start with the most evident : a steamboat tour on the Mississippi.
a good meal in the onboard restaurant, the boat is fun to explore and has many
opportunities for the photographer...
The boat is still powered
by steam, but now this one is produced by gas oil boilers.
Orleans seen from the Mississippi
a few hours, back to New Orleans.
A nice trip, not to be
One of the first reasons to travel
in Louisiana is of course to go visit one's friends, and as far as I'm concerned
these were mostly the other French Teachers from Belgium and Quebec.
here I am in Clinton (didn't see Monica), nice little town where Grégoire and
this is not an election advertisement :
It's the town's name !
These two lucky ones are the proof that "French Teacher"
does not rime with "bad luck", having found this superb apartment on
the second story of an ancient Louisiana house.
there we went to the Cajun Fest, but that's for another
trip I made among dozens : Grand Isle, in the south and bathed by the Gulf of
Unfortunately partly occupied by an oil refinery,
but fortunately also by a big Park.
At the right time of
the year, you can see dolphins there !
It's also a dream
place to camp, swim and fish.
Isle : nature, pelicans and... Dolphins !
people attach their homes above the ground !
it's situation is not good for those who live there : Grand Isle is on the front
line for hurricanes !
So they must place their houses on
piles, and preferably...attach them strongly !
Alomst each year,
during hurricane season (June to October), the isle is evacuated one or more times.
Not without reason : it was destroyed several times !
A very special island...
It's in the middle of the lands ;
2. It houses the "Jungle
3. Tabasco is made here !
really a jungle,
but beautiful gardens !
start with the gardens :
some nature feels good after the drive.
are wonderful and fauna is everywhere to be seen for the one who goes by foot
without his favorite hamburger and Coke !
for more spicy smells ?|
The Tabasco factory, that spicy sauce made from locally
harvested peppers, is right next to the gardens.
The visit is limited to
a video (pretty much exhaustive), a peek on the bottling process through a (reinforced
?) glass and...a mandatory passage (there is no other way out) through the souvenirs
end of the year, we did earn a really relaxing weekend. Let's go to Pensacola
(Florida), it's only a few hours drive from here !
equipment : tents, barbecue, swimsuits, hats and sunscreen, good mood and...the
Té, Pensacola sans la pétanque, dis !
Tu m'escagasses déjà bieng, toi !
swear guys, I won again !
a serious picture of Roland ?
I can't, and he can't either.
There is... The sky, the sun and the sea...
sand, colors of happiness...
Little sharks and starfish...
some "tombeurs" ;)
Who said Louisiana was boring ;-) ?
Actually, let me tell
you about feasts & Festivals on the next page
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