Twelve Days in “Cajun Country”

WELCOME TO "CAJUN COUNTRY"
WELCOME TO “CAJUN COUNTRY”

 

Twelve Days in Cajun Country

Just what is “Cajun Country”? Well, it’s that large cultural area in the State of Louisiana known as Acadiana, a name derived from French- Canadian “Acadians or in French “Acadiens”.  These Acadiens were exiled from their homeland of Acadia in Nova Scotia in the 1700’s and relocated to this region of Louisiana. Early Indians, Spanish immigrants, African slaves, Caribbean Creoles, some Germans and a handful of others also settled throughout the area. It’s the mixture of these peoples that created the rich and unique culture of south Louisiana.

Twelve days were spent traveling around and learning about Acadiana and also touring another area of south Louisiana known as the River Road famous for many old and interesting plantations. The photographs are intended to show the charm, history, and natural beauty of “Cajun Country”.

this is a segment of the 133 hundred mile Teche Bayou. Teche is an Indian term meaning snake which implies the curvy route of the Teche.
This is a segment of the 133 hundred mile Bayou Teche . Teche is an Indian term meaning snake which implies the curvy route of the Teche.
Shadows on the Teche
Shadows – on- the-Teche built in 1834 on the banks of Bayou Teche presents a vivid picture of the lives of people who lived, worked, and visited here from its plantation beginnings through the earliest days of the Civil Rights movement.
Conrad Rice Mill, America's oldest rice mill where Konriko Rice is milled in New Iberia, LA
Conrad Rice Mill, America’s oldest rice mill where Konriko Rice is milled in New Iberia, LA
The award winning author James Lee Burke frequented Victor's when he was a resident of New Iberia. Excellent home cooked food.
The award winning author James Lee Burke frequented Victor’s when he was a resident of New Iberia. Excellent home cooked food.
Sugar Cane Harvest
Sugar Cane Harvest
Sugar cane mill near Jeanerette, LA
Sugar cane mill near Jeanerette, LA
Joseph Jefferson Home (Rip Van Winkle) home - Jefferson Island, LA
Joseph Jefferson Home and Rip Van Winkle Gardens. Jefferson played the character Rip Van Winkle on the stage for many years – Jefferson Island, LA
Tabasco Plant
Tabasco Plant, Avery Island, LA
Evangeline Oak - Longfellow's poem "Evangeline immortalized the tragedy of the Acadian exile from Nova Scotia in 1755. This oak marks the legendary meeting place of Emmeline Labiche and Louis Arceneaux, the counterparts of Evangeline and Gabriel.
Evangeline Oak – Longfellow’s poem “Evangeline immortalized the tragedy of the Acadian exile from Nova Scotia in 1755. This oak marks the legendary meeting place of Emmeline Labiche and Louis Arceneaux, the counterparts of Evangeline and Gabriel. St. Martinville, LA
Oak Alley Plantation - Vacherie, LA
Oak Alley Plantation – Vacherie, LA
Slave Quarters at Oak Alley Plantation
Slave Quarters at Oak Alley Plantation
Houmas House Plantation -Darrow, LA
Houmas House Plantation -Darrow, LA
Vermilion Cultural Center replica of an early day school room. If heard speaking French, students were required to the sentence shown on the blackboard.
Vermilion Cultural Center replica of an early day school room. If heard speaking French, students were required to write the sentence shown on the blackboard.
Laissez les bon temps - (Let The Good Times Roll)
Laissez les bon temps – (Let The Good Times Roll)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 thoughts on “Twelve Days in “Cajun Country””

  1. Brings back memories of years ago and our visit to the Trappey’s Foods Company. As I recall, the Tabasco Plant was closed for repairs.
    The slave house also brings back memories of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” and how bad life was for people of color in “the good old days” of the antebellum south.

  2. I loved the pictures and the history lesson!!! I always wanted to take the trip down the “River Road”. Just never did…thanks for this opportunity…?

  3. What magical pictures of Louisiana, Michael! We’ve never experienced the places you have gone to. We must do that the next time we are headed that way. Great photos!

  4. Reminds me of the book ” Cajun Night Before Christmas” that “dear” friends gave me in1985. It is on my coffee table right now!

  5. very awesome! i bet you and carol has some fun times in La. we enjoy your blog very much and glad your back doing it again.

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