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North America » United States » Louisiana » Vacherie February 25th 2013

We docked right near the entrance to Oak Alley plantation, a short walk and I was at the plantation “Big House”, originally built in 1820 and since 1972 owned and maintained by the Oak Alley Foundation. I went through the house with an exceptionally good tour guide dressed in period costume. After the tour I went to the other areas of the plantation, including the café, where I had a mint julep (at 10:30 am, but it was five o’clock somewhere) and wandered back to the ship. We were steam boating at 1:00 pm. The Mississippi water is clear. You can see bottom in some places up to a depth of maybe two inches. Seriously, real muddy but not so much that you can walk on it. I saw considerable barge and commercial traffic, but not ... read more
SIDE VIEW OF THE HOUSE
AMERICAN QUEEN
STEAMBOATIN'

North America » United States » Louisiana » Vacherie April 20th 2012

Touring the low country along the rivers in Louisiana can be a lot of fun and stopping at some of the “plantations” can be enlightened. We stopped at several “plantations” and this is about our stop at the Oak Alley close to Vacherie, Louisiana. This plantation was built between 1837 and 1839. The mansion has a square floor design which surrounds the central hall. On the outside one can quickly see the roots of the name Oak Alley and large oak tress that run toward the river which one cannot see today since there is a flood levees in place. On the four sides of the house there are 28 Doric columns, which was a common feature of many of the mansions located on river roads such as this one. You will notice that prices to ... read more
Oak Alley Back of House
Bell At House
A View Toward The House

North America » United States » Louisiana » Vacherie April 20th 2012

Touring the low country along the rivers in Louisiana can be a lot of fun and stopping at some of the “plantations” can be enlightened. We stopped at several “plantations” and this review is about our stop at the Laura Plantation close to Vacherie, Louisiana. This plantation was formally known as the Duparc Plantation. You will notice that prices to get into the various houses usually run around $20 and if you get a discount it will be small, perhaps a dollar. Even though I asked at the front desk we were not given a discount from the $18.00 admission fee. Some publications indicate there is an AAA discount. I found the man on the cash register not to be very congenial as he was apparently having an issue with the register or computer. Keep in ... read more
Beams on brick
Inside Laural Hoise
Large urn used

North America » United States » Louisiana » Vacherie April 25th 2011

Today was another day spent in plantation country. I got to see both ends of plantation tours here, with historical accuracy in one and fantasy in the other, along with both Anglo and Creole cultures. Nottoway The first plantation was Nottoway. Remember that I stayed here last night. The stay came with a free ticket to the tour, so I decided to take it. The guides wear modern clothes, but otherwise the tour is definitely slated toward the tourist end of the spectrum. The house is heavily restored. Almost none of the furniture is original to the plantation; some of it is reproductions. Even most of the artwork came from somewhere else. Keeping that in mind, however, the place does do a good job of recreating the general antebellum era. The tours focus on the standa ... read more
Nottoway white ballroom
Nottoway music room
The modern Mississippi

North America » United States » Louisiana » Vacherie April 24th 2011

Easter Brunch Today is Easter Sunday. I should have realized that in heavily Catholic Louisiana Easter Sunday would be unlike the day in the rest of the country. There are plenty of bunnies and hidden treats for kids, but the religious side of the holiday is the main focus here. It’s treated the same way Christmas is, as a public holiday. The only thing open are bars and tourist traps. This is a bad thing for someone travelling through the region. The day started out very well. On the recommendation of my host, I reserved Easter Brunch at Cafe Atchafalaya. It’s one of New Orleans’ most innovative restaurants and bars. I should have realized something was up when I called and they had plenty of time open in the morning and nothing in the afternoon. The ... read more
Oak Alley Plantation
Guides in hoopskirts
The most famous view in Louisiana




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