About Louisiana Destinations
A young family visits the Louisiana State Capitol in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, July, 1948
About this Site
As a native of Louisiana, I grew up in Alexandria in Central Louisiana, and lived in north Louisiana for a period. Later, I lived in the southern part of the state, in Baton Rouge, for 36 years. I still have strong connections with the people, and history, of Louisiana.
I remain interested in the continued success and growth of the state, and hope that this site will spread the word about the good places, and people, of Louisiana! Come visit soon, tour the state, and enjoy its many interesting, fun and educational destinations.
Thanks for sharing this travel journey with us today.
Our ancestors are all of Cajun or French descent who arrived in Louisiana in 1785, and our family roots are from the Bayou Lafourche area and nearby towns of Paincourtville, Napoleonville, Plattenville and Labadieville in South Louisiana. We are a blend of Fremin, Bourg, Boudreaux, Gautreaux, Thibodeaux, and Prejean. Looking back into our ancestry, we have relatives named Aucoin, Herbert, LeBlanc, Jaunet and Girror. My grandfather worked in the sugar cane fields along the bayou and my father in the sawmills in White Castle.
Curious visitor at the Louisiana State Capitol
Louisiana Travels: Places We Know
Over the years, I've covered much of Louisiana, from Hosston in extreme North Louisiana, to the orange groves along the Mississippi River south of New Orleans near Buras, from Haynesville in the far north to Cameron on the Gulf.
I've been to Ville Platte, Butte LaRose, Farmerville, Turkey Creek, Breaux Bridge, Bunkie, LeBeau, Pecan Island, Plain Dealing, Avery Island, and Dry Prong. I know Castor Plunge, Tioga, Boyce, Dubach, Hessmer, Morganza, and Port Barre.
I've been humbled at Port Hudson, and been stuck in traffic waiting to cross the old U.S. 190 bridge over the Atchafalaya River in Krotz Springs. I swam in Valentine Lake as a junior in high school, and climbed the Indian Mounds in Marksville.
I experienced deep sea fishing in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Cameron, and learned to crawfish from my father along Highway 1 near Marksville.
Fishing trips were frequent, to Buhlow Lake, Walker Lake, Kincaid Lake and Catahoula. We experienced the swamp tour at Henderson during a family reunion, and frog hunting at Newellton. We taught high school in Arcadia, attended a wedding rehearsal in Choudrant, and cried at a wedding in Ruston.
Lake D'arbonne, Louisiana, January, 1968
Visiting Loyd Hall near Cheneyville, LA, June, 1972
There was the trip to downtown Monroe on St. John Street giving technical lectures, and the nights spent in West Monroe on our many trips through Northeast Louisiana.
We were young when we drove the countryside and peach orchards around Hilly, and had great times at Lake D'Arbonne at Farmerville. It was a fun, exciting night at the Christmas Festival in Natchitoches!
And of course there is the legendary Louisiana cuisine!
We've enjoyed open-faced sandwiches at the Post Office Cafe in Ruston, crawfish at Pat's in Henderson, and apple pies at Lea's in Lecompte
LaFonda Restaurant vintage matchbook cover, circa 1976
We also love the fried shrimp at Mike Anderson's in Baton Rouge, and delectable Cajun dishes at Cafe des Amis in Breaux Bridge.
We danced at the historic Hotel Bentley in Alexandria. And there were those sugar-dusted beignets at Cafe du Monde in New Orleans, seafood gumbo at Bruning's at the West End on Lake Ponchartrain, and fried catfish at Middendorfs on Pass Manchac.
We've listened to live Cajun music at Prejean's just north of Lafayette, and enjoyed a quiet Italian meal at Suburban Gardens in Alexandria.
And we can't forget the many fine meals in Baton Rouge at Giamanco's on Government Street, Mexican food at La Fonda's Restaurant & Lounge on Airline Highway, hot dogs at the Pastime under the bridge, pizza at Fleur de Lis, and poboys at Phil's Oyster Bar. And so much more!
We know Louisiana intimately, and love its many destinations which we share on this website. Visit again soon!
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Saturdays, at the stadium or at 5110 Corporate Blvd in Baton Rouge
This is an unofficial travel website run by a private entity with no connection to or affilation with the State of Louisiana. For official, detailed travel information, we highly recommended a visit to the official travel website of Louisiana, www.LouisianaTravel.com