Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Tornado Riders In The Swamp





I did a sunrise tour today with Patch and his grandson Simon
as my swamp tour guide dogs, as seen below My guests are in a band called Tornado Riders,
they performed recently at the Blue Moon Saloon as seen below.

And you would never know it judging by the stage persona but...

these are really nice, down to earth guys, when they are not on stage.

This is not photo shop, the lead singer and cello player actually hung from the rafters on a trapeeze in The Blue Moon Saloon, and played cello!That's My Wild Louisiana!


And if it wasn't for them,


no way would I have been at the lake for sunrise!


It was magical to say the least







By mid-morning, I was back at the boat landing listening to fishing stories,


and the Tornado Riders were in their van,

And on thier way to Chicken on the Bayou for the crawfish ettouffe,

and then the next show in Tallahasse, Florida

Shortly there after my next tour arrived and we off to see what lurked around the next bend



someone wanted to know if we would see alligators up close,


Is that close enough for you?
OK, how about this one?

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The Best Bed and Breakfast in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana

Hi, I am Marcus de la Houssaye, owner and operator of de la Houssaye's Swamp Tours near Breaux Bridge. When I want to eat boudin, I want the best, and in my opinion the world's best boudin is at the Bayou Boudin and Cracklin company in Breaux Bridge.




I regularly visit Rocky and Lisa Sonnier, to indulge in the world famous boudin they serve in the dining area of the Bayou Boudin and Cracklin Company, which is the parent company of the Bayou Cabins Bed And Breakfast in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana.

If you planning to visit Cajun Country for a swamp tour, and are researching your accomadation options, you need to check out the Bayou Cabins.

Not only is Rocky, the Boudin King, he established the first bed and breakfast in Breaux Bridge over 20 years ago. Rocky and his wife, Lisa are personal friends of mine and I highly recommend you visit them and sample the food even if you can't spend the night.

If you have been looking for a Cajun accent or someone who speaks French, they can satisfy you either way. Cajun hospitality can be a notch or two above southern hospitality, and Rocky and Lisa will make you feel like you are family, if you allow them to host you over night.

Also the friendliest Bed And Breakfast in Breaux Bridge

The reception area, cafe, dining rooms, kitchen, and gift shop of this unique vacation get-away, is centered in an original 1869 Cajun styled house which has been authentically restored to museum quality and is recognized by the Historical Society of Breaux Bridge as seen below.

Located on the historic Bayou Teche, is a complex consisting of thirteen Bayou Cabins which were all restored with original doors, windows and floors when possible and remodeled with new modern, plumbing, wiring, insulation, and are immaculately maintained by a full-time staff.

Prices for the cabins range from $60-$135 per night and feature decorations and furnishings of local collectibles of the Cajun and Creole cultures.

All are climate controlled with air conditioners, heaters, and ultra clean bathrooms. Some are on the banks of the Bayou Teche, with a back deck over the water, and most have a screened-in porch, so you can enjoy the fragrant night air of south Louisiana, without getting attacked by mosquitos!If you didn't get a cabin on the water, you can still enjoy the view of Bayou Teche when you borrow the house canoes and tour the bayou with your family.
Because Breaux Bridge is the Crawfish Capitol of the world and celebrates the Crawfish Festival in the first weekend of May, you may not be able to get a reservation this late in the game for that weekend, but they will put you on the waiting list anytime you have a special date and work with as best they can.

They do welcome walk-ins, but are not there is no one to check you in on Mondays and Tuesdays without a reservation.

And because you get a welcome platter of food and breakfast in the morning, best to make a reservation if possible. you don't want to miss the home cooked food!

Located @ 100 Mills Ave/Hwy. 94 in Breaux Bridge,
you can get there by exiting Interstate 10 at exit 109,
and call 337 332 6158 to make a reservation.
Here is the sign to look for on Mills Ave.
The Bayou Cabins in Breaux Bridge is lacated about 15 minutes from Lake Martin where I do my Louisiana swamp tours as seen below
and less than a block away from the Fruit Stand which serves boiled crawfish 7 days a week in the cafe and has fresh fruit and veggies, along with an amazing variety of exotic fresh and frozen seafood too.

See you at the lake,



Marcus de la Houssaye

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Louisiana Swamp Tours Are In Full Swing With The Springtime Weather

The sunset, last night... You could have been here


A Wild Violet


Just a few weeks ago, the frost was still clinging to the flowers every morning, but here lately it seems I may not need to light up the wood stove again this season. Spring has sprung!

Although the images below were fun to shoot with my camera on macro, I know if you are from the north you don't want to see frost covered vegetation as seen below.

But here's the good news...

Those images were taken about two weeks ago and since it has been very mild in the evening and even warm enough to wear shorts and sandles in the afternoon.

A cutomer called and asked about the Acadiana Nature Station as an RV park, so here are the images I took for him that day.

There is a great playground for the kids in the front,
complete with tennis courts and a disc golf course,


but the best part of the RV park operated by the Lafayette Parish government is the walking trails in back as seen below.
The trails are well marked and immaculately maintained
A trail bridge over the bayou,

The bayou at sunrise, from the bridge

There rest stops along the way for the weary,
lazy, or comtemplative amoung us,

The curator of the nature center is a hero and inspiration of mine
and operates the nature station and manages the trails in true wilderness form, see the signs below,There are many surprizes that will put a smile on your face along the way, as seen below


And not to overlook, the RV parking is magical,A water-front picnic?

Clean, shady, well maintained, and quiet, ahhhh.....

A post card from Louisiana

See you at the lake,
Marcus