My day In Lafayette, Louisiana

In central Louisiana, ¬†Lafayette, is the name of both a county — in Louisiana, they are called parishes — and the county seat. It is called the “Hub City” because it was originally laid out in the shape of a wagon wheel.

They do things a little different here:

 

  • The local residents, called Cajuns, are both natural raconteurs, storytellers, and couyons, comics.

 

  • In local conversation, English is liberally sprinkled with French expressions.

 

  • Everybody is “Mais Cher,” or My Dear.

 

  • Local groceries have their own specialty brand of boudin, pronounced “boo-DAN,” a spicy rice and meat sausage.

 

Lafayette offers small town charm with big city convenience, being home to both the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and a major event venue and sports stadium called the Cajundome.

Pluses include:

  • World famous restaurants featuring Cajun and Creole cuisine,

 

  • State-of-the-art medical centers,

 

  • The Zoo of Acadiana, also known as Zoosiana,

 

  • The Children’s Zoo,

 

  • The Lafayette Science Museum,

 

  • The Lafayette Children’s Museum,

 

  • A Living History Museum and Folklife Theme Park called Vermilionville, featuring a number of buildings restored from the 1700s and 1800s,

 

  • The Lafayette Natural History Museum and Planetarium,

 

  • The Acadian Cultural Center and Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve,

 

  • The Acadiana Symphony Orchestra, and

 

  • A million-square-foot enclosed venue called the Mall of Acadiana.

 

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