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Louisiana Roadtrip!

Having ticked a large portion of Western USA off our list, we decided this was the year to branch out and experience America’s Deep South.  When planning our US road trips, I have a strange sort of rule that I don’t really allow us to go out of the chosen state.  This astonishes my American friends, who can’t believe we would fill an entire fortnight in certain states.   

Lousiana map

I have always wanted to visit Louisiana, having been captivated by the jazz funerals and voodoo in Live and Let Die, dreamy porches in Steel Magnolias and the incredible swamp footage in the moving Beasts of the Southern Wild.  I was so excited to head to this part of the US, especially as Louisiana would be an interesting contrast to last year’s New Mexico experience.  

Taos enroute - shrink

I found it incredibly difficult to figure out a suitable itinerary for Louisiana.  It’s not one of the more popular US roadtrip destinations and most itineraries take in a mix of various states in the Deep South.  I stared at a map for ages before finally figuring out how we would do it.  Eventually I decided on LAX – New Orleans – Swamp Country – Lafayette – Lake Charles – Natchitoches – Alexandria – Baton Rouge – New Orleans.

As we live in Hong Kong, getting to Louisiana is no easy feat.  We flew in to Los Angeles and had to spend a night at my favourite (genuinely!) airport hotel, the Courtyard Marriott.  Thank goodness Tom Bradley International is finally ship-shape and an enjoyable airport to pass through.  Departing LAX at peak time on a Friday night is not – be prepared to spend ages in a taxi/bus to get to your accommodation.  I chose to fly in to and out of New Orleans with Delta as it had the best flight times. I had very low expectations as American friends had filled me with the horror of flying domestically. However, I was very pleased with Delta who had us arriving on time both ways, stay tuned for the review.

Louisiana - Swamp tour 2

Louisiana was truly a magical experience.  It has so much to offer from the incredible sights and sounds of New Orleans, the mystical bayou, cajun life in Lafayette, grandiose plantation houses and cotton farms and culture in Baton Rouge.  All the people we met along the way were so welcoming and the food is outrageously big, fattening and delicious.  There’s a favourite Louisiana Cajun saying ‘laisser le bon temps rouler’ i.e. ‘let the good times roll’.  This is a state that offers up overflowing amounts of fun and I look forward to sharing my Louisiana blog posts over the next week or so.

 

For more information, visit the official Louisiana Tourist Board site

 

1 comment

  1. Sandra

    Can’t wait to read more about your trip!

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