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One week over lousiana and texas

Sunday – Dallas Baton-Rouge

We drove for 8 hours to reach our hotel at Baton-Rouge

Monday – Baton Rouge

We spend sunday morning at Atchafalaya Basin. Nice walk around the lake before our swamp tour, one of the greatest river swamps. It was a really good swamp tour, different from the one I did ( 3 days in Louisiana), but interesting also. The boats are bigger but the river also. ~20$

McGhee’s Landing, Inc. http://www.mcgeeslanding.com/home.htm

Mc Glee's landing 1 Mc Glee's landing 2 Mc Glee's landing 3

After our tour we stopped at Baton-Rouge to visit the capital of louisiana.

Stop at the Louisiana State Capitol; you cannot miss it it’s the tallest building 137m. We also stop at the louisiana state museum, really good museum that explain the history of louisiana and the cajun culture. Well explained. ~6$

Baton rouge

Then, we drove around 2 hours to reach News Orleans in the beginning of the evening.

Tuesday – New Orleans

10:00 a.m. – Visit of the Treme quarter.

A really nice quarter just buy walking and losing you in the narrow street with colourful houses.

Treme 1 Treme 2

Treme

10:30-12:30 p.m. – Visit of the French Quarter.

  • Jackson square nice central place of the french quarter with street muscician, souvenir stores and an important statu of andrew jackson.
  • Saint Louis Cathedral which one the first catherale of north america.
  • French Market, nice market with lot of souvenir of new orleans to buy.

French Quarter

12:30-2:00p.m. – Lunch time in the French Quarter at the french market : aligator sausage and smothies.

2:00 p.m. – Visit the Aquarium of the Americas, one of the top five aquariums in the U.S.

~28$

Mississippi river coast Mississippi river coast

4p.m – Coffee break at Café Du Monde for coffee and beignets in the French Market near Jackson Square. Nice ambiance, it’s been from 1862 that they served the famous french doughnuts with sugar on it. Really cheap and traditionally accompagned with coffee. ~3$

6. p.m – night at Bourbon Street. You can enjoy live concert of jazz, blues or other kind of live music. Just walk and enter in any bar you want. You will find something nice !

Wednesday – Plantation

Nottoway Plantation Restaurant & Inn, the largest plantation home in the South. Built in 1859, this Greek Revival and Italianate mansion boasts 53,000 square feet.

Nottoway Plantation Nottoway Plantation

Nottoway Plantation

Thursday – The coast

On our way to Houston we made few stops, we stop at Lake Charles by hoping to find a nice beach but it was not the nice beach you can have in Florida. It’s next to the highway and not clean.

We stop later on at Holly Beach and this was unexpected nice white sand beach ! No clear water because of the floor but nice place to relax. Must go if you want to see some ghost village and have a stop on your way.

Holly Beach Holly Beach

Houston, we reach houston during the afternoon. We stop at down town district. Houston is not a touristic city, you have few museum but nothing amazing to do.

Downtown Houston Downtown Houston

We ate in a nice fish restaurant with the form of a boat. The food was really good and the portion were big.

Friday – Houston

Let’s go Nasa center 1h from Houston and discover the nasa museum. Nice place, well explained but maybe too much for the children. Must do the visit of the real installation of the nasa center. Take around 4 hours to do everything.

We spend the night in Houston in a nice hotel.

Saturday – Houston – Dallas

Drive back home .

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.

French Quarter DSC03278

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).