All my life I have heard about my dad’s summers spent in Louisiana. He talks about them fondly, so I was excited to see what Louisiana was all about. A lot of Louisiana is farmland and there are a lot of little cities. We stayed on the Louisiana side of Natchez in Vandalia and most of the family we were visiting with lived in Louisiana. Our hotel was beautiful. It was right on the Mississippi River. The one night I sat out on the veranda writing my post cards watching the Mississippi River flow. It was no beach but it was still beautiful and relaxing. We could see Natchez under the hill from across the River. We did go to New Orleans one day but I am saving that for a post all of its own. Something for Duck Commander/ West Monroe. I would say if you are going to go to Natchez stay on the Louisiana side in Vandalia Louisiana. I am glad I can say I have been to Louisiana and seen some of the places my dad remembers so fondly from his past.
I really did not know what to expect when I got to Natchez but, WOW! Natchez is an interesting city with lots of history and lots of antebellum homes. There is no interstate only state highways, they have a mall and a hospital, they are a connecting city between Mississippi and Louisiana, and I’m sure their tourism does pretty good. But for the most part it is small town USA. And that is one of the things that makes it so great, overlooking the Mississippi River makes it even more beautiful. We were there in spring and the weather was perfect, I can not image it in the summer. In downtown Natchez one building after the next is just amazingly beautiful. The Catholic Cathedral in Natachez is georgous from the outside in. I would like to go back and really take more time to look around the downtown area. Walk the streets and really take in some of its history.