These two parishes are in southeast Louisiana, just west of New Orleans, along the Gulf of Mexico. It’s an area of cypress swamps and fish filled marshes. Cajun traditions stretch back centuries and crawfish reign supreme.
From Dijon, we headed west and stopped off for one night in Bourges (pics). We spent the night in a nice small hotel, called Chateau Lazenay. Driving a car affords us the opportunity to stay somewhere not in the center of town, also, provided parking is a consideration. Chateau Lazenay is located alongside a small lake and surrounded by open parkland and walking trails, so it was very quiet and peaceful.
Bourges is a nice town with a large Gothic cathedral that dates from the 12th century and in the historical section, many of the buildings are described as “half timbered”. The upper portions have a crossed pattern of wood embedded in the exterior walls. This building style apparently mimics a method first used in Medieval times.
We arrived in Memphis (pics), “River City”, to be met with a very brisk, very cold wind. We entered Memphis from the west so we crossed over the Interstate 40 bridge with a great view of the city skyline. We stopped into the Tennessee welcome center which is just at the bottom of the first exit after crossing the Mississippi River.