The years we lived in Baton Rouge gave us some very fond memories of this area. The people, the history, the color and oh yes, the food, are just about the best!
The day we arrived, the sky was overcast but the temperature was nice. Overnight a cool front moved in and the second day was miserably cool ... mostly because we just weren't expecting it.
Our third day was set aside to take in the World War II D-Day Museum in New Orleans. The weather is expected to be perfect -- sunny and almost 70 degrees.
|Manchac Wildlife Management Area along I-55 near Lake Maurepas|
Somewhere along this stretch I got a very good look at an American Eagle perched atop a bare cypress tree.
Famous American Author, historian and producer Stephen E. Ambrose, Ph.D. founded the National D-Day Museum in 2000, a few years after we moved away from Baton Rouge. We wondered why it is now referred to as a WWII Museum. I learned that Congress, in 2003, awarded the new title of "America's National World War II Museum". More about Dr. Ambrose and the museum can be found at The National WWII Museum.
|The display card identifies this French Resistance Armband bearing the Cross of Lorraine, the symbol of the Free French Forces. It dates from 1940-1945 and belonged to a then-teenager who would later live in New Orleans for 50 years.|
|Colorful French Quarter|
|We're just a week after Fat Tuesday. Many decorations are still displayed.|
|I guess everybody who goes to the French Quarter stops in for a hurricane at Pat O'Brien's. It's been around since 1933.|
|One of my favorite New Orleans restaurants is Galatoires.|
|George Rodrigue's "Blue Dog" art. Rodrigue was born in New Iberia, studied art at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette. He began the "Blue Dog" series of paintings in the 1990's using the shape and stance of his deceased dog, Tiffany.|
|One of Wayne's favorite lunch restaurants -- Palace Cafe on Canal Street.|
We continued to drive through the business district and I took a few more pictures that have special meaning to us.
|Just a nice, postcard-like picture.|
But the Best Was Last!Leaving New Orleans, we remembered one of our favorite New Orleans area seafood dives. It's in Kenner, just a few blocks off I-10. It's a simple small blue and white duplex (seafood market and seafood/oyster bar). The building displays the name Fisherman's Cove on the front but the seafood and oyster bar goes by the name Harbor Seafood & Oyster Bar.
We ate fried oyster po-boy and fried shrimp po-boy and took crawfish ettoufee and seafood gumbo home for lunch the next day. If that wasn't enough, we stopped by Cafe du Monde for a couple orders of beignets and an iced coffee. Oooh la la. Laissez les bons temps rouler!
Driving back to the campground we passed an annoying sight: a field of rusting FEMA trailers. They seem to be a monument to government waste. There are hundreds of them strewn across a stretch of a mile or so on I-10.
...and with that, I'll close the post.