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We made this brief stop near Lake Charles on our way east from Galveston, TX. Lake Charles is only about 30 miles east of the Texas-Louisiana border. It has the interesting distinction of being one of the most humid cities in the contiguous United States. It has an average humidity of 90% in the morning and 72% in the afternoon. Lake Charles is also the largest casino market in the state of Louisiana.
While we were here we celebrated Valerie’s birthday. We had a nice lunch at Tia Juanita’s Fish Camp in downtown Lake Charles. We had grilled catfish with grilled vegetables and rice along with their seafood gumbo. Very tasty.
Next stop: New Iberia, LA
Lafayette (pics) is the heart of Cajun country. It is the hub for a number of communities in southwestern Louisiana stretching to the Gulf.
In keeping with our desire to visit State Capitols when we have the opportunity, on our drive from New Orleans to Lafayette, LA, we stopped off in Baton Rouge to see the Louisiana State Capitol (pics). This is a very interesting and very beautiful Capitol building.
The French Quarter, Bourbon Street, Gulf Shrimp, jambalaya, gumbo, music, the Mississippi River. New Orleans (pics) is all that and much more. I don’t think there’s anything new I can offer from our visit to this city. Simply, we were looking forward to this stop very much. Let’s start with the food.