Louisiana Rambles

Exploring America’s Cajun and Creole Heartland

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Louisiana Rambles is a book that delves beyond the clichés and the well-worn tourist circuit to reveal the true richness of America’s most unique and culturally vibrant region. As this travel narrative and guide wends through the Cajun and Creole communities of south Louisiana, you’ll experience the history, the people, the food and the music of a place and a way of life like no other.

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Dancing and Dining on the Prairie

Posted July 11, 2013 in Louisiana Travel

Dancing on a Saturday evening at Rendez-Vous des Cajuns in Eunice.

Dancing on a Saturday evening at Rendez-Vous des Cajuns in Eunice.

Cajun dancing is hungry work, though happily wherever people are doing a waltz or two-step good food is usually nearby. That’s certainly the case on Saturday evenings in downtown Eunice, that farm town and hub of Acadian culture out on the Cajun prairie. more…

Alight Christmas: Bonfires Beckon in St. James Parish

Posted December 20, 2012 in Festivals, Louisiana Travel

Christmas Eve bonfires along the Mississippi River represent deep tradition for some Louisiana families, though for others making the trip to experience this amazing spectacle can be tricky. Family obligations and other traditions on Christmas Eve might preclude a road trip, even a short one. But it’s worth the effort, and with just a little advance planning — to put the in-laws on notice perhaps, or to organize a group for the outing — it can turn into an unforgettable part of your holiday. more…

Rallying – and Dancing – Around the Blackpot in Lafayette

Posted October 24, 2012 in Festivals, Louisiana Travel

There is a lot coming up for New Orleans this weekend, but the prospect of excellent, competition-driven Cajun cooking is on the burner too, and that’s often enough to inspire a quick road trip all on its own. My last post was about the French Food Festival this weekend in Larose, while today I’m highlighting a delicious, fun, just absolute sweetheart of a festival in Lafayette: the South Louisiana Blackpot Festival & Cookoff. more…