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Lafayette Parish

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  • Day65

    Day 65 - Hot Stuff in Swampland

    June 25, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Woke up inexplicably early yet again, then went to breakfast at the unearthly hour of 8.30am.

    We got ourselves ready at a leisurely pace, then headed to the local Laundromat to do some much needed laundry. We were both down to our last pair of clean pants!

    Things didn’t bode too well, when the 1st person we encountered was the local village idiot, who was shoving quarters into a penny shove machine with all the concentration he could muster.

    Jackie put on dual loads of washing, whilst I listened to the cricket on the radio on my phone, well until Stokes was bowled out. We were receiving a lot of furtive glances, but I don’t think they get too many cricket listening Brits visiting their Laundromat in Sulpher, particularly in a bright red convertible Beetle!

    A lovely little old lady who worked at the Laundromat, helped with our change & was keen to know all about our travels. She warned us to be careful in New Orleans, because last time she was there she was attacked by a woman with a piñata!

    After our clothes had been tumble dried we re-packed our rucksacks & hit the road in the pouring rain. We drove east to Lake Charles, then headed south on LA27 towards Creole. We had now entered Swampland & we were driving with the top down on a single carriageway road flanked on either side by swamps and/or high reeds.

    We passed through Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge, where the reeds were teeming with birds. The roadkill was not the norm, we saw a dead otter, half a dozen small alligators, one large alligator & a few other unidentified hunks of furry rotting meat.

    At Creole we turned east on the LA82, passing through Grand Chenier & Abbeville, before arriving a couple of hours later at Avery Island, the home of Tabasco. Avery Island is the only place on Earth where Tabasco Peppers are grown & made in to Tabasco sauce, bottled & distributed worldwide.

    We paid our $5.50 admission fee for which we received a self guide tour map & three souvenir mini bottles each of Tabasco of varying temperatures & flavours.

    We started at the Museum, which provided a potted history of the company which was set up by Edmund McIlhenny in 1868 & is still owned by the McIlhenny family. We then went into the shop, which had all the usual gifts for sale, but most importantly they had a little tub of each of their products to sample by dipping in pretzels.

    We made the most of the free tasters & both sampled (a couple of times) the Scorpion Tabasco Sauce, which is their hottest product. To cool down our tongues, we also sampled Tabasco ice-cream & Tabasco soda.

    Eventually we dragged ourselves away from the freebies & continued with the tour. We went to the Greenhouse growing a sample of their peppers, then the Barrel Warehouse where all the barrels are made & stored, full of Tabasco Pepper paste for up to 3 years.

    Next we went the factory where the Tabasco was blended & bottled. A digital counter informed us that 367,680 bottles had been produced so far that day. It was certainly an interesting tour, but we wouldn’t want to work there because there is quite a strong pungent odour in the air.

    It was now gone 4.00pm, so we headed north passing through the towns of New Iberia & Saint Martinville, before arriving in Lafayette, ‘The Happiest City In America’. After a bit of to-ing & fro-ing & buying some very cheap booze, we settled on another decent looking Baymont Inn for just over $50 including breakfast.

    At check-in, I enquired about decent Cajon & Creole restaurants she could recommend & the receptionist kindly provided us with the name of one just a couple of miles up the road & with a voucher for a free Gumbo.

    Soon after we arrived at Prejean’s ‘Southern Cuisine Dome Right’. The free Chicken & Sausage Gumbo was only free if ordering a main meal, but we only wanted starters, so I paid extra for their ‘Tree-Time World Champion’ Gumbo. When in Rome..........

    The Gumbo was nice but not really my thing, it was a bowl of dark brown bisque with bits of chicken & sausage, with a side plate of rice & a bread roll. It was a meal in itself!

    After, our starters arrived, Jackie had Firecracker Shrimps & I had a skillet of Brussel Sprouts, with bacon, onions, garlic etc etc. All washed down with a (two for one) pint of cloudy Tin Roof Voodoo beer. Lovely.

    Song of the Day - Hot Stuff by Donna Summer.
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    Chris Bambridge

    Hunney I just shrunk my wife!

    Jonathan Annals

    Did you learn about the sinkhole at Lake Peigneur which I think is close to Avery Island. Worth watching a video on it. You can find it on YouTube.

    Jonathan Annals

    Went to Lafayette back in the mid-90s. Remember visiting a sugar (or cotton?) plantation museum somewhere. The locals were very proud of their ancient (150 years!) history.

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  • Day17

    New Orleans - Lafayette

    May 13, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Perfektes Wetter heute 🌄

    Schweren Herzens verabschiedeten wir uns heute Vormittag nicht nur aus New Orleans sondern auch von unseren wirklich unendlich zuvorkommenden und herzlichen Gastgebern und einem wirklich super freundlichen Pärchen aus Wales das wir am Frühstückstisch kennengelernt hatten.

    Aus New Orleans fuhren wir in die Bayous ( Sumpfgebiete in Louisiana).
    Aufgrund der hohen Wasserstände entschieden wir uns gegen eine Kanutour in den Sümpfen und für eine Bootstour. Mit einem kleinen Boot ging es dann in die Sümpfe Louisianas, für zwei Stunden tauchten wir in nahezu unberührte Natur ein und erfuhren alles wichtige über die Bewohner der Sumpfgebiete.
    Natürlich haben wir auch einige zu Gesicht bekommen, Waschbären, Wildschweine, Alligatoren und Schildkröten.

    Von dort ging es nach Westen zu unserem Ziel für heute: Lafayette.
    Zum Abendessen es gab es die regionale und saisonale Spezialität, Crawfish Boil. Das sind scharfe, gekochte kleine Süßwasser Hummer.
    Sie zu essen ist eine riesensauerrei aber auch super lecker.

    Morgen fahren wir nach Galveston, Texas und entspannen noch zwei Tage am Strand des Golf von Mexiko.
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    Ronny Wrase

    Sensationelles Bild *top*

    Ronny Wrase

    Ach, die Sumpfbewohner sehen aber sehr sympathisch aus *g*

    Ronny Wrase


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  • Day80

    Lafayette, USA

    January 27, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

    Kleines, herziges Städtchen mit Südstaatenflair. Mitten im University-Gelände hat's einen kleinen Swamp mit Schildkröten und Alligatoren. Die Schildkröten sassen auf dem Floss und schien sich zu sonnen, obwohl keine Sonne schien. Alligatoren sahen wir keine, vermutlich durch den roten Teppich auf dem Wasser verborgen am umherschwimmen.
    Lecker im Prejean's Cajunküche gegessen, dazu Cajunmusik gehört. Louisiana hat eine sehr leckere Küche... Gumbo (Eintopf), Jambalaya, Crabcakes (Krabbenküchlein)... Die werden wir vermissen, da es morgen bereits nach Biloxi, Mississippi weitergeht.
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    Barbara McGowan-Höfliger

    So much for "America first".

    Barbara McGowan-Höfliger

    Sieht ja bezaubernd aus - wenn man nicht hineinfällt.

    Barbara McGowan-Höfliger

    Long distances in a short time - it looks very much like "Heiwäg"

  • Day65

    Dinner & dancing at Randol's

    October 26, 2015 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 20 °C

    Lafayette, LA is in the heart of Cajun country, and we were interested in experiencing some local color. We hunted up one of the few places that was actually offering music on a Monday night, Randol's Seafood Restaurant.

    The restaurant was a casual family restaurant with a dance floor and stage. The menu offered many Cajun low-country specialties, and we took full advantage. Gordon ordered the crawfish etoufee, and Heather went for the fried shrimp with jambalaya, chased with a couple of cold local beers.

    The band was a Cajun band and quite fun to listen to. But the MOST fun was that EVERYONE and their brother, their kids and GRANDMA was out on the dance floor having a great time. It was not fancy, it was FRIENDLY. So friendly, even we worked our nerve up to take a turn.

    Hey ... turns out we can DANCE! We had a great time twirling and sashaying and making fools of ourselves. We realized afterward that it was really the first time we'd danced in public outside of classes. We might do it again.
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  • Day1

    Headed to Walmart and beyond...

    June 6, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 22 °C

    Woke up to some more rain...lots rain but still wet. We have only 34 miles to Walmart so no big rush. Typical showers and getting settled in...

    I hope I can get loads similar to his schedule...makes for a very predictable routine. Imagine as a newbie it will be whatever I get handed. He said I can request certain times....but ya never know.

    This stop isn't too crowded. Very. Ice remodeled bathroom which was bigger than the cab!

    Hope I am able to do some more parking...am sure I will. I k ow I'll be doing lots of driving due to the miles we have to cover.

    More later

    Love to all
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  • Oct26

    Goodnight from Lafayette, LA

    October 26, 2020 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 72 °F

    We drove the detested interstate today to make up time and get into Lafayette at a decent hour. But it led to a fun adventure and new experience at Buc-ee's, so I suppose it balances out. And as a bonus, I had connectivity on the road today and could keep up with footprints so that I can just relax tonight!

    We'll be on I-10 all day tomorrow as well, as we're pushing through to clear the Gulf area before Hurricane Zeta. We should make it into Orlando mid-day on Wed.

    Be well, everyone!
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  • Day1


    April 9, 2020 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 77 °F

    We didn't make it very far yet, because we didn't get to leave the delivery place until late. But we stopped so I could potty, and my people are getting food. I'm sure I will beg for it even though I have no reason to think they'll give me any. I'm just frustrating like that.Read more

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