Oak Alley Plantation

Trip Start Mar 10, 2013
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Trip End Jun 09, 2013


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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Our original plan for yesterday was to catch the passenger ferry over in to New Orleans & spend the day having a look around but when we got up it was really foggy & when we got to the ferry terminal at Algiers they told us the ferry wasn't operating because the fog was so heavy & they weren't sure how long it would take to lift. So, on to plan B.

Instead we drove out along River Rd through what they call Plantation Alley. This is where a few of the old antebellum homes still remain. Unfortunately, there's not many left & because they're on the river the whole area has become very heavily industrialised.

I did a tour of Oak Alley Plantation, Ray decided it wasn't his thing so waited in the RV for me. The house was built between 1837 - 1839 mainly by slave labour. At the front there is a quarter mile alley of 300 year old oaks, 14 on each side. These were planted in the early 1700's & sugarcane was & still is, grown on the plantation. The tour guides dress in period costume. I did try a mint julep, a drink well known in the south - 2 parts bourbon & 1 part mint syrup. Ray missed out because he didn't do the tour & also because he was driving but I did save him some.

The day was overcast & we even had some rain on the way back to the park, although it wasn't much. One thing we have noticed since entering Louisiana is the bridges are all high & big, they never just go straight across the river. Guess it's because of all the river traffic & the potential for flooding in the area.
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