Slidell, LA to Broussard, LA., Avery Isl., Acadian Cultural Center,
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While in Louisiana, my trip would not have been complete unless I saw and experienced the Cajun country. As a result I moved over to the heart of this unique culture in Broussard. This area is called Acadiana by the locals. It was settled shortly after 1763 by nearly 3000 Acadian, (Eastern Canadian), refugees. They spoke a unique language which is a blend of 18th century French, other European languages and local Native American dialects. It is still heard today by some of the old folks and it being taught in the local schools.
I have often wondered what the difference between Creole and Cajun was so I did some research and here is what I found:
Creole = A person of the French-Spanish lineage that formed the elite backbone of early New Orleans society. Another description is; Multiracial heritage with African and Caribbean roots.
Cajun = A descentant of the Acadians who fled Canada in the mid 1700's. Most live in southern LA. Their spoken toung is Patois French and their English dialect is distinctive.
St. Martinville, is a little Cajun town where Henry Wardsworth Longfellow's Evangeline poem was supposed to have taken place. The Acadian Memorial is here and is where they honor the origional exiles that origionally settled here.
Avery Island is close and I visited it one day. It is the home of Tabasco Pepper sauce. Had a tour of the manufacturing plant and museum which was quite interesting. The smell of Tabasco was everywhere. I loaded up on products at the local country store there. The founding family established a beautiful Jungle garden on the island that was open for tours. They also established an area where they erected a nesting area for the Snowy Egret.
A few miles from Avery Island was the Konrico Rice Mill. They offered a tour where the process of milling rice is shown. Another store where local products were available for sale. I got a Jambalaya mix that turned out great. How many of you remember the song,??? Jambalaya, Crawfish pie, File, (FEE-lay) Gumbo????? I found out that File is really ground Sassafras leaves. The food down here is great. Unique music also abounds in this corner of Louisiana. Zydeco, and Cajun sounds are so different, I purchased a couple of CD's.
The National Park Service has an Acadian Cultural Center in the area and they have a great display telling the story of the Acadians who settled the area. Near the Center was the Acadian Village which is a museum of authentic Acadian homes. The homes are set around a bayou which was loaded with fish and nutria swimming around.
Summary: Elks Lodges: 22, Escapee Parks: 7, Public RV Parks: 10, National Parks: 21, Major Ships: 5, Forts: 15
Expenses: 11 month average $1813/ month