“Step off the beaten path, and re-enter the world of 19th century Creole Louisiana in New Roads, Louisiana, where relaxation is the rule and history and tradition are abundant.”
This statement confirmed the suggestion of a very helpful consultant at the Commission when I asked: “What are some areas around Lafayette that you would recommend for a day trip that would include history and good food?”
Her answer: “One of the places I would recommend is New Roads.”
Armed with her suggestion, the July/August copy of Louisiana Kitchen and Culture, and information expanding on today’s opening quotation from newroads.net, we set off for New Roads.
Heading thirty-five miles east of Lafayette on I-10, followed by another thirty miles or so north on highways 3000, 76, 77, 78, and 1, passing green open spaces and
At one point while I was photographing the downtown area, a car pulled up in front of the bank where I was standing. The gentleman emerged and began walking toward the bank. Noticing that I was looking across the street with my camera poised, he asked, “I can move my car (the dark one in the photo below) if you would like.”
That offer and the fifteen-minute conversation that followed was another example of Cajun hospitality. After learning where we hailed from, he proudly touched on the “must see” sights of his hometown.
He urged us to take time to see the interior of St. Mary of False River Catholic Church.
Before taking that drive, I took a few minutes to appreciate the many similar encounters with the people in the parishes surrounding Lafayette. The friendliest and most welcoming people we have met in our five years of traveling.
Before continuing our drive, we walked through this small park with benches to view this well-worn mural.