Posted by on May 18, 2014 in Gallery, Louisiana, Travel | 16 comments

The exotica of Louisiana aren’t limited to New Orleans. Roughly 125 miles west of the Big Easy lies the land of Spanish moss-draped swamps, mysterious bayous, and slightly frayed, picturesque hamlets; people speak in a lilting French influenced patois; crawfish, alligator, gumbo, jambalaya, and Andouille sausage are staple menu items; and dance halls and cafes resound with the music of accordions and fiddles as people of all ages gather to play, sing, and dance. This is Acadiana, also known as Cajun Country. As the friendly folks here say, “Laissez les bon temps rouler”—“Let the good times roll!”

This was our second visit to Breaux Bridge, a small town in the heart of Cajun Country. We knew we liked the area when we first visited several years ago. This time, as we explored further, we “got” that we need far more than a couple of days here. Acadiana has a unique culture, cuisine, history, music, and natural landscape—next time, we’ll plan on at least a week. Or even two.

Despite our brief stay, we had a fabulous time. We spent one entire day exploring nearby Lake Martin and Cypress Island Preserve, and were thrilled to find hundreds of nesting Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, Little Blue Herons, and Roseate Spoonbills. We walked the trails in the morning, and in the afternoon launched our kayak for a leisurely paddle through the beautiful and mysterious swamp.

Music is central to the Acadian way of life, and dance halls, cafes, restaurants, and bars are filled with the lively sounds of Cajun music. Saturday mornings are traditional times for music jams, and we discovered a charming coffee shop in downtown Breaux Bridge (aptly named “Joie de Vivre“) where we enjoyed a couple of hours of spirited music, song, and dance. It was a blast to watch people of all ages enjoying the music and the community. Here’s a snippet of fun, Cajun style:


Saturday morning Cajun jam at Joie de Vivre, Breaux Bridge, Louisiana

Both times we’ve visited Breaux Bridge we’ve stayed at Poche’s Fish-N-Camp, a delightful campground with fairly spacious sites situated around fishing ponds. We happened to be there on Easter weekend this time, and the campground was filled to bursting with families and little kids running around with Easter baskets. Nonetheless, it was a relatively peaceful stay—we got into the groove of the zydeco/Cajun/country music of our neighbors, and just let the good times roll.

Roseate Spoonbills And Zydeco

Lake Martin

Nesting Great Egrets

Showy Breeding Plumage

Elaborately Preening

Such Colorful Birds

Resting

Sharing Nesting Territory

Trail At Lake Martin

Black Bellied Whistling Ducks

Indigo Bunting

The Swamp

Purple Iris In The Swamp

Cattle Egret In Breeding Plumage

Snowy Egret In Breeding Plumage

Wildflower Meadow Overlooking The Swamp

Magical Kayak Journey

Kayaking Lake Martin

Turtle In The Swamp

Bridge To Breaux Bridge

Musicians Gathering

Cajun Music Jam

Beautiful Fiddle

Dig Deep

More Musicians Join In

Singing A Cajun Ballad

Poche's RV Park

Roseate Spoonbills And Zydeco
Lake Martin
Nesting Great Egrets
Showy Breeding Plumage
Elaborately Preening
Such Colorful Birds
Resting
Sharing Nesting Territory
Trail At Lake Martin
Black Bellied Whistling Ducks
Indigo Bunting
The Swamp
Purple Iris In The Swamp
Cattle Egret In Breeding Plumage
Snowy Egret In Breeding Plumage
Wildflower Meadow Overlooking The Swamp
Magical Kayak Journey
Kayaking Lake Martin
Turtle In The Swamp
Bridge To Breaux Bridge
Musicians Gathering
Cajun Music Jam
Beautiful Fiddle
Dig Deep
More Musicians Join In
Singing A Cajun Ballad
Poche's RV Park
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