Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium
1. What is your favorite vacation destination and why? Where exactly in the world is it located?
Traveling is my weakness, and I love finding new places. While I’ve been to Mexico, Germany and France along with lots and lots of places in the U.S., I’m still a southern girl at heart and Louisiana trips always stand out. Recently I took a bicycling trip just northwest of New Orleans. I was able to visit my aunt and cousins who live in New Orleans, too.
After we left the Garden District in New Orleans, we bicycled through White Castle, Donaldsonville, Darrow and Napoleonville. We stayed in beautiful and majestic plantations. We traveled on small roads through gorgeous scenery and historic cemeteries. Right before our trip, Louisiana had experienced some flooding due to heavy rains. While this didn’t interfere with our biking, it did make some of the countryside even more interesting.
2. What are several places everyone visiting this destination should see?
Besides the above-ground cemeteries that are rich with history, the plantations in this region are numerous. Some have been abandoned and those bring their own sense of wonder. We bicycled along the Mississippi River for a stretch and I loved watching the gigantic container ships and barges.
3. What special customs, traditions, geography, nature etc. are intriguing about this destination?
I wish I could set out just one or even two customs, traditions or geography but there are so many. Since this part of the state is below sea level, a lot of the back roads have swampy areas on the sides. The bayous that we visited were amazing. At one point, we rode on a boat and saw several alligators.
The customs of the locals we encountered along the way were long and plentiful, and unbelievably amazing. Many of the plantations we stayed overnight with had museums or local museums were nearby. We were there early in the sugar cane season, so these plants were only about 1 feet high.
4. Where are the hot spots to eat and drink?
Eating and drinking in Louisiana is not just something you do; it’s part of the culture. We never ate better than we did during our trip. Everywhere we ventured, the food was incredible – spicy, textured, and usually involved shrimp. One of our favorites was Stella’s Kitchen in Napoleonville, Louisiana. We would order variations of gumbo, crab cakes and Etoufee to share because it was all so good.
5. Have you been to your favorite vacation destination more than once and will you visit again?
I have been to New Orleans lots of times to visit my aunt and cousins that live there. But this was my first time bicycling across Louisiana. I would definitely want to do something like this again. Time seemed to slow down during this trip. I loved that we were out of the big city and rubbing shoulders with small-town locals.
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