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Blowing up into a suburban cultural wasteland.
The heart of Cajun country- great food and people.
There is something especially evocative about all south Louisiana cemeteries, and this is no exception. Most have live oak trees which seem to be "weeping" due to the spanish moss. Also, because of the high water table, above ground burial is necessary.St John's burial ground is the oldest in the city. The remains of a number of prominent state...more
This southern live oak tree* on the grounds of the Cathedral of St John the Evangelist is believed to be one of the largest of its species in the USA. It is estimated to be approximately 500 years old. Just how big is it? According to the plaque found near the tree and pictured here: "The diameter of the trunk is nine feet two inches and the...more
Originally called l'Église St-Jean du Vermilion, St. John's was the first church in Lafayette parish. Property for its first building was donated in 1821 by Jean Mouton, the city's founder and father of Alexandre Mouton, a US Senator and 11th governor of the state of Louisiana. The current edifice was completed in 1916, in the Romanesque Revival...more
I was really impressed with this zoo. It looks like a podunk little thing off the side of the road, but that's because the natural landscape is incorporated into the zoo. There is an incredible array of species and types of animals (including tigers, Australian kingfishers, monkeys, and African animals), and there are employee-led talks twice per...more
Cajun Country Swamp Tours..."eco" tour with Walter "Butch" Guchereau...a delightful, knowledgeable native of the area. Gives a profwessional swamp tour aboard an open Cajun crawfish skiff thru a primitive area. You get to see the "Real" swamp! A 2 hour tour at a very reasonable price by a really "Nice" guy!!! We've done all kinds of local 'water'...more
This newer facility provided two nights of much needed rest during our recent road trip. We loved...more
Ive never stayed here but I visited to research Louisiana Hostels for a design project. The owner is...more
Very large, very comfortable suite hotel of the higher end of the Hampton Inn standard. This is...more
We wanted to sample a taste of the local cuisine, but a) were traveling with our doggy pal, and b) weren't excited about paying the prices we were seeing on the menus of the better-known local Cajun and seafood places. Nancy had noticed a rustic-looking little place a block from the cathedral, so we decided to check this one out, too.Serendipity...more
Small, unassuming cafe-type retaurant that you wouldn't look twice at unless you knew how good the food was. The shrimp po boys are awesome. The freshest bread and cabbage with cajun fried shrimp have left a permanent impression on my tounge. If I didn't live 2500 miles away, I'd eat there once a week.more
Copeland's is a chain restaurant, but damn it's good. Ambiance, from decor to music and staff hospitality reflects the best of class cajun country has to offer. If I had the $$$, I'd open one in California. Spinach and artichoke dip is served with fried bowtie pasta, and it's wonderful. In fact, all the appetizers are great and I could just order...more
Four clubs in one--Karaoke, Techno/HipHop/Popular, Country, and Disco.....you can't beat that! They have great specials. Thursday night is Ladies Night if you are up for some fun. They stay open till 2:00, when all bars in the parish have to close down. After that,head for one of the after hours clubs out of the city limits! Dress Code....Not much...more
Lafayette has great music for its size. Many acts can be heard at Lafayette's main established music spot: Grant Street Dancehall. Lots of great 'alternative' spots spring up, then fizzle away. Unfortunately, Metropolis closed last year. The best Cajun music can be heard at either Prejeans or Randols.more
Lafayette has too many cars and not enough roadspace, and it often results in slow-moving traffic. It happens at all times of the day (not just typical rush-hour time), so trying to get 3 miles downtown can take upwards of 20 minutes. Just a general warning if you have a deadline to meet!more
This is just a great experience as the Oil Center has a little bit of everything for any taste. It ranges from Custom Wine at Phillipe's Wine Market to Cigars at the Cigar Merchant to Fine Art at Rebecca's Art Gallery to old fashioed toys at the Toy Soldier and one of the best finds in the Oil Center - The Kinchenary (a wonderful Kitchen and baking shop).
What to buy: Anything and Everything that your heart desires.
What to pay: It all depends on if you are gong to SHOP or going to Shop.
This is the deep south, and it is steeped in the old ways. I'll let you choose if you want to adhere to the old ways or "stick it to the man" you rebel you. It is expected to take a hat off indoors, old school chivallry ( I probably spelled that wrong , but I'm to lazy to look it up) and prepare to be attacked with all sort of rhetoric if you dare...more
In 1755, the French-speaking Acadians, now known as the Cajuns, were forced from their homeland in Nova Scotia, Canada by the British. Years later, many of those exiles journeyed to the Louisiana territory to find a new home along its southern region's fertile marshlands and prairies. There they joined another group of settlers called Creoles, the...more
I couldn't believe it, but when you go to Louisiana you will see drive-thru daiquiri stands everywhere. This is the cool thing to do. As long as the driver doesn't drink it, then you're okay. Drinking and driving is against the law. But I was a passenger and I benefitted from stopping at one of these stands. I had the strawberry daiquiri and it was...more
Well, we just made it thru Gustav, and now comes Ike. We were fortunate to only have our electricity out for 17 hours for Gustav, and very little damage. I fixed up my fence and cut up the tree limbs at my house and three of my neighbors houses that couldnt do for themself due to age or illness. My pool was full of leaves but now its all cleaned up...more
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Pack an umbrella, for when it rains here it pours....and mosquito repellent, lots and lots of mosquito repellent. If here during the summer, make sure to carry light clothing, it gets very hot/humid.
Courer de mardi gras.The small surrounding towns like Church Point and Cade have traditional Mardi gras where the men dress up in traditional costumes and ride horses around the town dancing or singing for Chickens and vegestables they also drink heavily and make there way back to a barn where the women make the gumbo. You can't ride with them...more
Lafayette, known for its food, humidity, culture, and... ice hockey? While visiting around five years ago, Some friends gave me a call...."Why don't y'all get ready and we'll come pick you up for an ice gata's match" "What" "Da' Ice gatas, man you been up there dat' long- da' hockey team." What I thought was a joke turned out to be true, Lafayette...more
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A very large fitness complex called Red Lerille's in Lafayette. They even have their own website:http://www.redlerilles.comTheir group exercise schedule online:http://www.redlerilles.com/GROUPEXERCISESCHEDULE.htmRacquetball, Tennis, Handball, poolAVAILABLE TO PERSONS LIVING OUT-OF-TOWN $10.00 PER DAY$25.00 PER WEEK$75.00 PER MONTH (1...more
When visiting Lafayette you must go to Randols for the food and music, its a little touristy, but its a must. Don's Seafood is a big must for the food.Take a boat tour: www.angelleswhiskeyriver.com 'Gateway to the Atchafalia Basin'.Lake Martin is also an excellent place to visit. The people are great, really friendly will show you where to visit...more
You have to come to Lafayette during one of the many outdoor festivals. My favorite is Festival International which takes place the last week in April. Musicians, dancers and artists from many foreign countries come to Lafayette where they perform for free. Usually the performers are from the French, Spanish or Portuguese speaking areas of Africa,...more