Several months ago, David attended a Save the
Black Bear banquet where an auction was held to raise
funds to aid in restoring the black bear population
in our state. He came home with the winning
bid on two nights at the Cajun Cabins on Bayou
Corne near Pierre Part, Louisiana.
We decided to use that win to take a little trip
for our anniversary. We took our time, traveling
the back roads on our way, and found ourselves
passing through the little town of Plaquemine.
As we crossed Plaquemine Bayou bridge, I noticed this
contraption that appeared to be a drawbridge and wondered
why it was there. I looked up the bayou and saw that
it ended abruptly at what appeared to be a canal.
then I noticed a beautiful white building
next to the canal and we decided to check it out.
Isn't this striking? It is covered inside and out with
beautiful white glazed brick. It is built in the Dutch
style with round and arched windows and stepped roof line.
We stopped and took a tour with the nicest park
guide. We discovered that Bayou Plaquemine, at one time,
was an alternate waterway to the Mississippi River.
It was filled in just before it spilled
out into the Mississippi River seveal years ago,
which I think is a shame.
From the balcony on the second floor, you get an
amazing vista of the Mississippi. We watched tugboats
and barges navigate the bend in the river.
I was totally in love with that view.
The building is wonderfully preserved.
Here is a picture of the original lock on
the windows. I don't think I have ever seen
any quite like these.
This little unscheduled stop turned out to be such
a pleasant surprise, what
we in Louisiana call laginappe,
meaning a little something extra.
I have more lagniappe to share. This trip turned
out to be one of the most interesting and fun
get-aways we have ever experienced.
I was reminded again and again of how
beautiful the southern part of our state is.
Till next time.......