Blogging Through the Alphabet, Family Travel

L is for Lafayette {Blogging Through the Alphabet}

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Here we are already at the Letter L in this latest round of Blogging Through the Alphabet. It’s hard to believe we are almost halfway through already!

For this week I decided to talk about Lafayette, Louisiana, another of our favorite places (we have so many favorites it’s hard to keep track). We were fortunate to visit there just before Christmas with our grandson and then return on our own a couple of weeks later so had a good opportunity to spend time in the area and learn about its heritage as the heart of Acadiana.

Taking a step back before our visit we had learned about the expulsion of the French Acadians from Nova Scotia Canada on a visit to the Canadian Museum of Human Rights in Winnipeg Manitoba during the summer so we knew visiting historic sites in the Lafayette area would be a natural extension to EJ’s learning.

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Arriving in time for the beginning of the Christmas light show at LARC’s Acadian Village we were able to visit and see the wonderful light displays but not tour the buildings. The church was open though and there was a talented group of young violinists to entertain those who stepped inside.

Another of the historic villages in the area is Vermillionville. A mix of Cajun and Creole this living history museum was getting ready for the holiday season with artisans showing their crafts.

The houses were also being decorated with greenery, much as would have been done during the period.

EJ had a great time visiting the blacksmith shop and learning about his skills and how he apprenticed to learn them. It certainly looked like hot and difficult work!

We took a break to have lunch at La Cuisine de Maman. We had the special that came complete with chicken and sausage gumbo, biscuits, pork chops with baked sweet potato & brocolli (the day we visited), plus beverage and dessert. Well priced and delicious. Definitely worth the visit.

After lunch EJ visited the education building where he learned about the tides and the land erosion in the bayous. It was quite eye opening to learn just how much the shoreline changes each day.

There is seemingly no end to the historic spots to visit in Lafayette. Not far from Vermillionville is the Acadian Cultural Village where EJ was fascinated with the models of Acadian housing. He pointed out to us how rain water was collected from some of the roofs into barrels for the families to use. He thought this was very environmentally friendly.

We didn’t spend our entire time learning about history though. We did make sure to visit the last Borden Ice Cream Shoppe still operating.

This shop has been renovated by its new owners and lets folks enjoy ice cream the old fashioned way. It was delicious and a lot of fun.

So there you have it. A little taste of our visits to Lafayette. We can’t wait to go back again!

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