Louisiana in 3 days

03 July 2015, 

For this 3 days weekend lets drive us to Louisiana over the bayous, plantation and New Orleans.

We drove during the night until Lafayette (around   6 hours) where we slept in a hotel.

La Quinta Inn Lafayette North, 2100 Northeast Evangeline Thruway, Lafayette, LA 70501

Day 1

LeBlanc Swamp Tours, 

We woke up around 9am to drive to our meeting point with Norbert. Norbert was our guide to visit the bayous. Nice person and great bayou. He is really passionate by his work and explain everything about the wildlife in the bayou. He speaks french (argot).

How to get there ? 

Address: 4939 Main Highway, Saint Martinville, LA70582
Phone Number: 337-654-1215

How much does it cost ? 

20$ per person

Bayous 1 Bayous 2

Plantation Oak Alley

Oak Alley 1

Oak Alley was built, the River Region sugar industry was flourishing, and a chain of stately plantations and their homes that lined the banks of the Mississippi.

This is a really nice plantation to visit, nice houses and there is still the slaves home. During the visit you can learn more about the slaves way of living and what were their duties.

There is a visit for the house.

How to get there ? 

3645 Highway 18
(Great River Road)
Vacherie, Louisiana USA
70090

How much does it cost ? 

$20 per person

Oak Alley 2 Oak Alley 3

New Orleans first night

After the visit of the plantation, we drove 2 hours south to New Orleans. We found a nice hotel not so far from the city center. For our first night in the New Orleans we went on the quay of the Mississippi river, we had a nice cajun food (sea food with red beans and rice).

Hotel

St. Vincent’s Guest House, 1507 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130

Day 2

New Orleans visit

For our first day in the New Orleans we started with the French Quarter. Nice quarter where you can enjoy small street and colorful houses. We could feel the french atmosphere and the jazz. There were lot of people playing music across several streets.

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Then we headed to the Tremee District, the black district. Very typical from new Orleans. There are lot of colorful houses and nice streets. Be careful, this district is dangerous during the night and can be during the day if you do not pay attention to your belongings.

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After a long walk we finally ate in a nice restaurant far from the french quarter.

We walked back to our car and went to the Mississippi quay to enjoy some jazz music.

Mississippi

New Orleans second night

After our long day, we went out in the famous bourbon street. It’s the place to be if you want to go out and enjoy the night life of New Orleans. 🙂

Day 3

Plantation Laura

For our last day in Louisiana, we went to Laura plantation an other famous plantation. Less sophisticated but also interested. The two plantations are complementary. Oak Alley is more on the life of the slaves than Laura which is more on the owner of the plantation and the sugar canned.

Laura Plantation 1 Laura Plantation Laura Plantation 3

After our visit, we drove back to Dallas (around 7 hours of drive).

Because we are in Texas…

21th July,

A weekend over Dallas, let’s go for first the George Bush Library and then the Rodeo (typical from Texas).

George Bush Library

The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum is the 13th Presidential Library administered by the National Archives and Records Administration.

This is a nice place to go, if you don’t know anything or little about George Bush or if you are just interested to learn more about the american history and politics. 

The whole visit last around 3 hours if you want to take your time; personally I do not read everything so it took me approximately 2 hours. 

George Bush Library  George Bush Library 2

George Bush Library 3

How to get there ? 

Address: 2943 SMU Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75205

How much does it cost ? 

Price: $16 for adult

26th Texas Black Invitational Rodeo

Who is leaving in Texas and haven’t been to a rodeo ? I went with some friend to take part to the rodeo adventure. And It was a success ! Really, it is entertaining and not boring. It’s a must to do if you are in texas.

There are several part during the rodeo, there is the famous rodeo on a bull or a horse and the goal is to stay as long as possible. There is also, the catching of a baby cow as fast as possible and some speed competition.

Rodeo 1  Rodeo 2

Where to see a rodeo ? 

There is rodeo show in Fort Worth every Friday and Saturday (Stockyard).

We went to fair park in Dallas because it was a special event.

How much does it cost ? 

Around $20

22th July,

Glen Rose & Hico 

After 1h30 of driving we stopped at Glen Rose well known for her park and the dinausor fossil. It’s a nice park where there are several trail and a nice creek where you can have a swim and cold yourself from the hot weather.

Bring your swimsuit ! 

If you have children or just enjoying the nature, it’s the place to go. Not far from dallas it’s totally accessible.

The entrance fee is per car and cost $10 (not sure).

After 2 hours of walking we took the car and drove until Hico.

Hico, well very special but typical from what I thought before comming to Texas… The village seems to be stop in the sixties. There are plenty of abandonned stores and empty street when you can see tree leaves dancing with the wind.

Before Hico used to be the place where Billy The Kid lived. Billy the kid better known under the pseudonyms of Billy the Kid and William H. Bonney, was a 19th-century gunman who participated in the Lincoln County War and became a frontier outlaw in the American Old West.

In Hico there is a small museum about his story and all the legends we that we associate him.

The entrance is free ! 

Hico 1  Hico 3

Hico 2