Started the day in New Orleans by visiting the French Market first thing where we found our souvenirs of the holiday, a painting and two small prints of a play on voodoo dolls. Kinda freaky but fun, just what we like.
Then we packed up our kit bags (I wish, I have far too many clothes for that!) and headed to LAY Rural Life Museum just outside BatonRouge. It had a selection of genuine old buildings transported to the site of an earlier plantation, from early settlers buildings to slave quarters to overseers houses and more. So fascinating and such a beautiful spot, we could have stayed there all day. But we had to head in again to our accommodation for the night.
So off we went to Breaux Bridge where we stayed at the Bayou Cabins on the Bayou Teche (a bayou is a slow moving river). The cabins were previous slave/worker buildings on a plantation and the Bayou had risen so much through the recent rains that the balcony was literally over the water. We sat out having a drink with our next door neighbours although we pretty much needed an interpreter. We went to a local fruit shop for dinner which sounds odd but I had a huge platter of crawfish with two baked potatoes and a corn on the cob plunked on there lol. It tasted amazing tho I had to beg off the usual Cajun seasoning, I’m a wimp. Glen had the first po boy sandwich of the holiday with shrimp. I had to have a banana daquiru too, as you do. Amazing day, great night until the neighbours started fighting after we had gone in lol, we earwigged a bit, oohhh drama. The people round here are so friendly! Swamp tour tomorrow.
After a bit of a nightmare journey which saw us having to return home an hour into our journey to Manchester to retrieve my (Lucy) driving license (apparently they won’t allow me to drive around here without it, how rude!) We got diverted by roadworks but eventually found our hotel with a huge comfy bed yay! Glen was well away in lala land but I couldn’t sleep. Early up to get to the airport, stood in line for ages to be told as we didn’t have a hotel booked for the first night we were denied permission to fly. Cue a mad 20 mins trying to get the airport internet to work and book a hotel, we eventually bribed it with a credit card! Long 7.5 hour flight to Newark then the connecting flight was delayed to Atlanta by an hour so 4 hours waiting before another 2.5 hour flight. Ps Glen sleeps on planes, I do not so by this time I was kind of tired. Caught the sky train which should be called zippy (but wasn’t, I checked) to the car rental then had a terrible drive in the rain for 3 hours to hotel. Stopped for dinner at JR Crickets on way which taught me that mild here means burn your skin off your lips :/ Got to hotel, Days Inn, they have a microwave and fridge in there lol. Very tired room but comfy bed which I collapsed on.
This morning (Saturday) we drove through Alabama and finally got introduced to some Sun and some Southern hospitality when we stopped for lunch at a diner, Creek Travel Plaza (see photo) which is straight out of a 50’s film. We had fried catfish (Glen) and fried chicken (Lucy, although I pinched some catfish and hush puppies) . Super gorgeous. Then we tried some boiled peanuts which were yum. Only tried one but will definitely be trying more. Then back on the road after some ribbing from the locals. Finally made it to NOLA (New Orleans for those not in the know) at about 4.30. Will update on it here tomorrow. Now we are getting ready to experience the nightlife of Frenchmen Street and jazz the night away. Enjoy your Sunday dinner, we will be munching on crawfish or gator and on that note, later gators. Xxxxx
So now we’ve had our identity verified by Airbnb we’ve booked 3 nights in the French Quarter in NOLA that’s New Orleans to those not in the loop 🙂
We know it’s still some months away but we can’t wait, we are now planning things to do in NOLA for the time we are there, I guess a trip on the Mississippi can’t be left out as well as a Voodoo and cemetery tour 🙂 we really love our old buildings and architecture so I guess some of the time we will be meandering the city taking all the atmosphere in.
Well we have finally agreed to get ourselves over to the USA, we’re going to fly to Atlanta, then grab a car and head down to NOLA for our wedding anniversary, then up to Baton Rouge, Alexandria, Shreveport, Memphis then back to Atlanta.
At the moment we are looking at around 2000 miles in total, but could be more depending on if we make a few diversions, as with any country we visit, we intend to travel off the main interstates as we prefer to see the the country rather than miles and miles of souless tarmac.
Flights are booked and we are looking in AIRBNB for digs in NOLA for 3 nights and then the rest of the trip we’ll just take it as we see it, that way we aren’t tied down to getting to any specific place at a specific time and we honestly can’t wait now 🙂
Lucy has a couple of facebook friends that have even showed an interest in meeting up, one in Atlanta and one in NOLA.