Friday, April 9, 2010

Spring Fever on the Bayou ! + A Cajun Getaway !

We started off the weekend on Friday at noon, at this week's T.G.I.F. Bach Lunch, at Parc Sans Souci, in downtown Lafayette. It was a gorgeous day, sunny and 78 degrees, and just perfect for an outdoor concert and lunch. . It's all about preserving our fabulous Cajun culture and having fun! The addition of two beautiful concert parks to downtown Lafayette has enabled the city to host huge festivals and weekly concerts, at no cost to it's citizens. (click to enlarge)

The crowd was excited and dancing up a storm! Cedric Watson and Bijou Creole entertained the crowd with their soulful, traditional Cajun and Zydeco music! A mighty fine fiddle and band!
Some chose to sit and listen, while others chose to dance a few!

A bon ton' was had by all!

Since we've been having one gorgeous Spring day, after another, here in Cajun country, I've really been enjoying all of the beautiful flowers and blooms. Just driving along my usual route, is absolute heaven! The azaleas are in full bloom and are everywhere. It is so wonderful and it all has given me a bit of Spring fever and a strong "ahnvie" to get out to nature, while the pristine weather lasts!

I will be going to the Atchafalaya Basin, better known as the "Henderson Swamp", for the weekend, cher and who only knows what fun Cajun adventures, await me there! This is the perfect time of year to go boating or just relax and enjoy the beauty of the basin.

I am renting my little floating, houseboat chalet, (on right) the same place that I had, the last time that I took a little impromptu getaway to the swamp.

We will also be going to Turtle's Bar, at Basin Landing. And eating some fabulous fresh seafood at Pat's Fisherman's Wharf Restaurant! I cannot wait to have a broiled seafood platter! Divine!

And Whiskey River Landing for the weekly, Sunday afternoon dance. Jamie Bergeron and the Kickin' Cajuns will entertain the crowd. Woo hoo! Hope to see ya'll there!

Laissez les bon temps rouler, cher! The life of a Cajun is oh so good! Hope that ya'll have a fun and fantastic weekend, mon cher amis!! Merci beaucoup for stopping by!


Midlife Roadtripper said...

Have a great time! That cabin on the swamp looks most inviting. Can't wait to hear about your adventure.

Carol Murdock said...

OH YOU! You know I want to rent one of those HB and float the basin!! HAVE FUN and THINK of ME !!

Joanne said...

I just love the looks, and idea, of your floating houseboat chalet! It is so charming, what a perfect spot. Have a wonderful getaway!

ellen abbott said...

What fun. the azaleas have been pretty spectacular this year although my own bushes only gave me a handful of flowers. Not enough water last summer I guess.

I've always wanted to live on a houseboat. Your little getaway looks so charming.

Inspired by eRecipeCards said...

Oh My.... I am not jealous of many people right now... but this sounds like a perfect weekend

John said...

I might not make the May crawfish festival, but tonight it will be pork tenderloin wrapped in bacon on the charcoal grill; no gas for me, I'm a traditional Weber man.

Eddie Bluelights said...

Enjoy and have a great time ~ Eddie x

Eddie Bluelights said...

I duplicated the last post

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Have a fabulous time, mon amie!!! It looks so beautiful! Love you!!! Janine XO

Vagabonde said...

Have a great time – it will be relaxing and fun. I enlarged your pictures and they look so springy with all the pretty flowers out – pink everywhere – it is a happy color.

Anonymous said...

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California Girl said...

The houseboat is adorable. May I ask what they charge and if it's by the day or week? Really cute and would be a great vaca and a lazy one too.

aslan said...

Again a page just like a spring!
The life of a Cajun is ofcourse so good and happiness!
It is not compliment,my real feelings dear Margurite.

Happy new week with my regards..

Mehmet Osman Çağlar said...

...have a happy nice week just like

this wonderful page dear Marguerite!


Mehmet Osman Çağlar said...

excuse me forgetten; we shouldn't see
spring yet in Ankara..

Marguerite said...

Midlife- Thanks, it was a blast! And so nice to get out and enjoy nature! So refreshing!

Carol- You and hubby should do it! It is so much fun and I know that you would love it. Merci, cher!

Joanne- Thanks, cher, it is a perfect spot to get away from it all! And perfect weather for it, too!

ellen- The azaleas are gorgeous, this year, albeit a little late in blooming. Thanks, I would love to live on a houseboat, too, but it would have to be a much larger one!

Dave- It was a fun and perfect weekend! The seafood was fab, and the scenery, too, but cannot compare with your backyard view!

John- Yum, the grilled pork tenderloin sounds wonderful! I use both a gas grill and a Weber grill, depending on my mood.

Eddie- Merci beaucoup, it was a great time, cher! Didn't see any alligators, though, but plenty of crawfish!

Velva said...

Looks like another fabulous day in Cajun country. I am so glad that you take the time to share it with us.

Unknown said...

We share a few kitchen bibles, and it looks as if you know how to use them. Between this blog and Gumbo Writer, I'll have to watch my weight. Glad I found this fun blog.

Marguerite said...

Janine- Oh cher amie, it WAS a fabulous time and the basin IS so beautiful! I only wish that you could have been with me, especially at the Sunday afternoon dance, at Whiskey River! :) FUN!

Vagabonde- So nice to see you, cher! It was a very relaxing and fun time! Thanks, it has been a bumper crop for azaleas, this year, and I am really enjoying
them. Merci for coming by!

Davon- Hi and welcome! I'm so pleased to meet you and I have checked-out your fabulous nutrition blog and love it! Merci beaucoup for stopping by and for your nice comment!

Cal. Girl- Thanks, it is just so cozy! It would be a great vacation! For prices and more info., you can check out their website.

aslan- Oh cher, you are such a sweetie pie! It makes me so happy that you like the Cajun culture! I pronounce you an honorary Cajun, and I think that you would fit right into Cajun country! Cheers!

Jivago- Merci, mon ami, I'm so
glad that you enjoyed it! You are such a dear friend and I wish you a happy week, too! Hope that you will see Spring soon!

Velva- Thanks, it is always a fun day in Cajun country, lol, and it's my pleasure to share it with you! Thanks for coming by, cher!

Jan- Hi and welcome to Cajun country! I'm so glad you found it, too! Glad you like my kitchen bibles, they do have some great recipes. Merci beaucoup for stopping by and for the follow!