Monday, October 26, 2009

Brusly, LA, River Road, Plantations, Oaks, Fun!

Henry picked me up at 7:30 am on Saturday. Got to Beth's at 8:30 and switched over to her car.

Got a caffeine jolt at PJ's Coffee and hit the road.

As usual, Baton Rouge traffic was a real clusterfuck. Horrid! Crossed the River and head South to Brusly, LA. Our first stop was at the old Cinclare/Marengo Sugar Plantation. Still had all sorts of outbuildings on the property, as well as their Molasses plant.

Headed over to see the town's 400 year old Live Oak. Beautiful.

Spent time trampling around the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church cemetery as well at the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church cemetery.

In search of a “hidden” old cemetery, we ended up “in da hood” and changed our minds.

Headed down river on West River Road to Plaquemine, LA. Spent some time at the Bayou Water Front Park - a lovely little area on the bayou. Looked for gators without any luck.

Next stop was the St. Raphael Cemetery. Old, old graves. Many tombstones in French. Really a neat place.

Made a quick stop in Bayou Goula (Providence Point) to stop in what claims to be the world's smallest church. Only 8 ft. square.

Hopped back into the car and wildly careened down River Road passing multiple sugar cane fields and slave cabins.

Landed at Ascension Parish.

Had lunch at the Cyprus Cafe in Donaldsonville. Beth had their version of Buffalo Wings which were merely fried drummets with no seasoning or goop. Good, but not buffalo wings. I had fried shrimp on a bun. Also good. Our Henry had gumbo and shrimp remoulade.

Back on River Road through Point Sunshine and Welcome, LA in St. James Parish.

Stopped at a pretty cemetery right on the river levee... St. James Catholic Church.

Heading home on River Road we passed 4 Plantations on the West bank.... Oak Alley, St. Joseph, Felicity and the Laura Plantations.

Crossed back to our side of the river in Vacherie via the Veterans Memorial Bridge and hopped on Airline highway back to Beth's home in Laplace.

Henry and I went home his favorite way....down River Road. Drove around the Bonet Carre Spillway and passed the Ormond Plantation and the Destrehan Plantation.

Fun fun day! I'm unable to figure out how to save this as a jpg file, but here's a link to our route:

Pictures in posts below.

Thanks again, Henry and Beth. I had a delightful time!

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