Our road trip takes us east along the Interstate 10 into Louisiana and Cajun Country. We stayed in Eunice and visited both Opelousas and Lafayette.
We have the Brits to blame and the Spanish to thank for this outpost of Frenchness in the swamps.
As part of the mid 18th century Grand Dérangement (maybe better described as ethnic cleansing) the British forced the French-speaking Acadians out of Nova Scotia. And it was the Spanish settlers in South Louisiana that welcomed the Acadians (Cajun is the English bastardisation) to join the descendants of the original European settlers – the New Orleans dwelling Creoles.
We loved the mix of buildings, friendliness of the people and most of all, sitting on the plentiful verandas imaging life back then. Everything is real quiet and laid back.