BAM! Get on I-10 west heading out of New Orleans Airport, and in about an hour you enter Cajun Country deep in the bayous and swamps collectively known as Atchafalaya. This is a magical place to visit in the United States because it truly feels like a foreign country in some of these parts, and this is a wonderful thing.
The Cajun people are descendants of the Acadians. Acadians are basically French people who were kicked out of France a long time ago, made there way to Canada where they were kicked out by the Brits way back in the 18th century, and then they–the Acadians–eventually made their way down to these swampy parts in southwestern Louisiana where they now thrive with big farms, humble towns and villages, amazing food (Cajun breakfast on Saturdays in a town called Breaux Bridge is a sight to behold), lively music, staunch no-b.s. personalities, and a work ethic as powerful and enduring as that of any other group of people on Earth. There are a lot of good vibes to soak up down here. I highly recommend a visit to towns like Breaux Bridge, Eunice, Rayne, Lafayette, Welsh, Washington, Lutcher, Gramercy, Avery Island, etc. There is no “scene” here–just great food, great people, great scenery, great music, and a vibe that is unique in the sometimes kooky country known as the U.S. of A. Google “Cajuns” to learn more. . .you will like. . .plus, it’s just fun and good to learn stuff.
I send you straight-forward vibes from Cajun Country. . .feel them. . .they are real good for you.
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It’s lovely out there.