Bonjour! Gosh, it was grand to spend two weeks in that sunny, humid, flowery state. We left April 26 and returned May 10. It’s not a bad drive from the Q – about two 8 hour days of driving. We spent the one overnight in Gainesville, TX which has a sweet old downtown and a neighborhood of stately old manses, too large too capture with my phone. Of course, it was tempting to look at real estate. But we do that everywhere we go. One interesting site was seeing two cars, full of burly guys, driving slowly down the street admiring the architecture as we were. Or maybe they were casing the joints.
Why didn’t I post while we were in Louisiana? IDK. You wouldn’t think that walking and dancing my feet ragged for hours on end in the sun and humidity would take it out of me that much. Certainly not more than walking 10-12-15 miles a day with an 18 pound pack would. But it seems to have done. Well, I was younger then and hadn’t yet fallen 12 feet and broken a bunch of bones. Any excuse.
You might be interested in the different pedometer step count between Charlie\Ed and moi. His might say 12,000 and mine 22,000. I figure I walked about 5 miles and danced 6!
Okay, but I’ve been home almost a week! What gives? I’ll tell ya. I brought the Rona home with me. Not to worry, though. It appears to be a mild case. Started Thursday afternoon with sore-ish throat and fatigue. Friday, a full blown headache, body aches, and mega fatigue. Saturday, most of that gone, some residual fatigue left behind and the development of bronchitis. I’ve been treating that with a nebulizer and using hydroxychloroquine for the Rona. I’m feeling aok in general, but still taking it easy.
Now, for the main event!
I didn’t take many photos in Lafayette or Breaux Bridge. Didn’t really see much more of Lafayette than the festival venue. Except, we did visit a museum about the Acadians, those who came from Canada after they were forced out of the Nova Scotia area when the English took control sometime in the 1600s. The history was well presented through photos, artifacts, and a rather cheesy and in need of editing movie. The English were quite brutal during the removal process, separating men from their families. Holding them prisoner. Then forcing women and children on ships, separate from the men, and trying to unload them in various colonies. Some would not allow them to land. Others did and forced them into slavery or indentured servitude. And others made their way to Louisiana where over time they came to be know as Cajuns.
Some New Orleans architecture, though none of the greatbigbeautiful home of the Garden District, cuz they’re just too much!
Intriguing bits and pieces…
This is a minute fraction of the many acts we experienced. Samantha Fish! Billy Strings! Cory Ledet, Cimafunk, Sonny Landreth, see any of them if you get a chance. We also heard the Preservation Hall Jazz band who will be playing at summer fest at Domingo Baca Park. So much more than I expected. Do go! (Those of you in Albuquerque…)
It was a resounding and rewarding experience to be at the Jazz Festival. We’re glad we did it. I wouldn’t dissuade anyone from going. And, it’s probably the only time we’ll get the 4 day pass. It’s so intense with the heat, the size of the place, the people. Not discounting a day or two though! Definitely going to New Orleans again. The weekend before the Lafayette fest is the French Quarter festival and it’s free, as is the Lafayette fest. Jazz is pretty pricey for the 4 days – but there’s so much included: aside from 13 stages of varying sizes, there’s the food courts (surprisingly good food and not super jacked pricing), and part of ticket price supports free music lessons and the free festivals, like the one in the French Quarter.
Part deux, mañana