Trip to Louisiana

This past spring, we took a vacation to Louisiana, my wife had never been. We took in the sites and sounds of lively New Orleans, gambled for a day in Shreveport, visited one of many Bonnie and Clyde museums, and we also visited the sites of hit TV shows, “Duck Dynasty”, in West Monroe, and “Pitbulls and Parolees”, in New Orleans. Anyone that knows us, knows that we are avid dog lovers, so a chance to see the famous animal rescue site was one of our priorities.

The Famous Villalobos Rescue Center in New Orleans, LA

This was such a wonderful trip, and we took in so many sights and enjoyed the experience! It will surely be one that we don’t forget! If you ever find a chance to visit Louisiana, be sure to make the trip around the state and see all that it has to offer, you will not be disappointed.

We started our trip in West Monroe, the founding location of, “Duck Commander”, the duck call manufacturer that spurred the world-popular TV show, “Duck Dynasty”. We made our way around town and saw numerous locations from the TV show, Β Haskell’s Donuts, Miss Kay’s Sweets and Eats, John Luke and Willie’s Ice Cabin, and Rebecca Robertson’s, “Duck and Dressing”, Clothing Shop.

Many of the places were unfortunately closed during our journey around town, due to the timing in which we were there in town. They had just recently closed up filming their final show and finale show. Most of the family had all skipped town on vacations, which I can’t blame them for, and like most small southern towns, closed on Sundays.

The area was full of small town charm and beauty around every corner, from old rustic buildings to beautiful old bridges.

An old shed near Phil and Kay’s house in West Monroe, LA
Downtown West Monroe, LA

While still staying in West Monroe, we decided to travel out to Shreveport for a day of gambling fun. I didn’t bring my camera with me since we were going into a casino (no cameras allowed and I wasn’t going to leave in the car, so there aren’t any pictures of this day trip). While heading out there we noticed that there were quite a few Bonnie and Clyde museums, so we stopped in and found mostly very small local business, dependent on tourism and family run. It was a charming and quiet little town, much alike how Bonnie and Clyde must of found it. Seems that time hadn’t touched that town, other than the visual over-grown weeds and rust. We made our way over to Shreveport and watched some money change from my hands to theirs, and some of it back again to my pocket, ending up back in West Monroe that evening with a little bit less than I started. Can’t complain too much about that. We had a blast!

TIP! Don’t ever gamble with more than you can afford to lose!

After a journey around West Monroe and a journey our to Phil and Kay Robertson’s front gate…which was locked up and video monitored, we made our trip down to New Orleans. Had three nights left before heading back home to Florida and we wanted to see it all!

We stayed at a very nice hotel, two blocks from Bourbon street, but still surrounded by tons of shops and culture. We had nights of fun on Bourbon Street, took in a Ghost Tour of New Orleans, and visited Jackson Square.

Andrew Jackson statue in “Jackson Square”
The infamous, “Romeo Catchers”.

Above you can see the, “Romeo Catcher”.Β Meant to ward off, would-be nighttime visiting boyfriends of daughters. These medieval devices were installed on the railings coming down from the upstairs windows that boyfriends would sneak out of and slide down. OUCH!

The streets of New Orleans are filled with music and laughter every night, everyone is enjoying themselves immensely with large cups of their choice drinks and signs are everywhere with drink specials attempting to grab your attention.

Street performers filled the streets of New Orleans every night!

3-1 beers was the popular deal that most places were running. We also ran into some locals that after conning $20 off of me, gave me some of the best advice I can give to you before traveling the streets of New Orleans, don’t stop for anyone offering any service or tips, it’s a con.

 

All in all it was a fantastic trip that we will never forget, and also a city that is filthy and full of crazy homeless that always seemed to find me wherever I was standing…

 

Next time, we travel to Nashville, TN

 

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