Saturday, November 3, 2007

The rest of the day, yesterday

We arrived in the early evening at Louis Armstrong Airport in New Orleans to find all the restaurants closed. Facing the two hour drive to Breaux Bridge, we took a local TSA employee's recommendation and at Voodoo Barbecue on the Airline Highway.

We arrived at the beautiful Isabelle Inn in Breaux Bridge late and collapsed into bed. In the morning our hosts Karen and Holly served an amazing breakfast of heavenly bananas (bananas with sour cream and sugar), and scrambled eggs and crawfish. The boys and I went on a swamp tour with Butch Godreau at Lake Martin, and the adjoining cypress swamps, and we saw hundreds of beautiful birds, dozens of turtles, several alligators and some good-sized spiders.

On the way to dinner at Catahoula's in Grand Coteau, we stopped in Arnaudville, a burgeoning arts community out here on the prairie, and stopped at a new gallery just opened by Toni and John Daigre, whom we later bumped into at Catahoula's where I had amazing seafood and sausage gumbo, and duck breast. From there we headed to Lafatyette Alive, a free concert downtown with Terrance Simien, where the boys had a rendez-vous with their new friends Isabelle, Joy and Jane.

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