Driving and Eating in Cajun Country
Trip Start Apr 30, 2010
52Trip End Sep 05, 2010
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We hit the road on Friday for the 6ish hour drive to Houston. Aside from our day in the swamp, we really only stayed in the Quarter in New Orleans, but it does take some time to get your head around the plethora of sights, sounds, smells, and tastes or just those few blocks. I would still like to check out the spooky cemeteries, the Garden District, the State Museums.....Next time!
Driving through Southwestern Louisiana was lovely – we felt it was fitting to throw on some CCR and enjoy tunes such Born on the Bayou while we made our way through the rolling hills and swampy, weaving waterways.
Cajuns and Creole
Driving west from New Orleans towards the Texas border takes you through real Cajun country. It seems that the terms 'Cajun' and ‘Creole’ are at times used almost interchangeably by tourists in these parts, but we did learn a bit more about these two cultures who contributed so immensely to Louisiana’s development.
Many people today lay claim to Creole origins and identify themselves as Creole still today. In the 1800s, when Louisiana, through that famous purchase, made the transition from European to American, natives used the term Creole - "Born in the New World" – to designate French
The Cajuns, who many of us Canadians are a bit more familiar with, were the Acadians (Aca’juns), the French colonists of Nova Scotia. Fiercely Catholic, they refused to renounce their religion and swear allegiance to the King when the British arrived in the early 1700s. In 1755, the British expelled them all – destroying their towns and splitting their families. A few thousand found their way down to the French speaking parts of Louisiana. They went back to their quiet ways of hunting and farming for the next couple of centuries, and kept to themselves in virtual isolation until oil-driven expansion in the 40s and 50s brought out-of-state immigrants into their lands. The Cajuns were met with both admiration, as their lively music and fiery food
Pont Breaux: CODOFIL vs. OLF
We stopped for lunch in charming Breaux Bridge, about 8 miles east of Lafayette, and enjoyed a hearty Cajun lunch – BBQ catfish and Crawfish étouffé - at Café des Amis. The town is small and quaint, with French names on the street signs and shop fronts. Our waitress, Cameron,