About an hour and fifteen minute drive from where we were staying in Vandalia Louisiana was West Monroe Louisiana, home of the Robertson Family and Duck Commander. Let me tell you though, West Monroe is bigger than my home town and the town next to us combined. What I saw of West Monroe it is huge. And the Duck Commander warehouse is less than two miles off the expressway. That’s right I said expressway. We did go to the shop at the Duck Commander warehouse. I bought the four kids something that was it, nothing for myself. We did not see anybody from Duck Dynasty but it was fun to see where Duck Dynasty is filmed. I did recognize a few places that I have seen on the show.
New Orleans: some love it, some hate it, some say it smells, and some just feel sorry for it after Katrina. For me, my first time trip intrigued me. I’m not ready to say I love it but I’m not ready to say I hate it either. I would love to spend some more time there. It was a three hour drive each way for us between Natchez and New Cleanse and even though we left early that only gave us a few hours to explore, not enough time at all. That was just enough time to give ma a taste of the city but not to fill my hunger for exploring the city. I did get to go to the Café du Monde to try the beignets and the café au lait. We took the red double decker bus tour around the city, which for some it might be nice and worth the price but for us and the little amount of time we had in the city it was not worth it. But that is a different story and I will not get started on that. It was fun to ride a double decker bus; I have never done that before. We did see a great deal of the city riding that bus but I would love to go back and walk through one of their amazing cemeteries, and walk through the garden district and see all the beautiful old homes. We did find Bourbon Street and walked on it a bit, but we are not bar people so we did not fully taken in Bourbon Street. But I do like that fact that I can say I have been to Bourbon Street. All in all I liked the vibe of New Orleans and would love to go back to see more.
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.
Natchez has many beautiful antebellum homes. We only saw four of them. One was more beautiful than the next. The most interesting might be Longwood. This house was being built with the Civil War broke out and the house was never finished.
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.