The auditorium at the university where we always were booked to perform in Lafayette, Louisiana sat next to a large swamp exhibit that contained flora and fauna of the region. Notably I recall there being banana trees that I don't think are native to the region, but they seemed to flourish there beside the swamp. There were also alligators that may or may not have been real.
As was the norm when we'd come to a facility where we were going to perform, we didn't usually have too much time for exploring our surroundings. We'd take note of where we were and then busy ourselves with setting up the show.
This auditorium in Lafayette was a beauty. It was state of the art with good lighting and a large stage. Since that part of Louisiana was still under the economic spell of the oil boom there was money to be made for a touring show. Our promotions reaped in a lot of cash and the show attendance was usually very good which meant lucrative souvenir sales.
Southern Louisiana was not only a place I looked forward to because of the money to be made, but it was fun with good food and rollicking Cajun music. I always preferred Lafayette to New Orleans as the latter had too much of a sleaze factor for my taste.
Fried Alligator at Prejean's (Photo credit: pointnshoot) During my Christmas vacation trip back East in 2010, my wife and I stopped over in Lafayette long enough for lunch at Prejean's, a popular local restaurant that is frequented by tourists. The food was as good as I recalled, but I still craved the boudin--a type of rice and meat filled sausage that I used to find in little out of the way grocery markets.
Next time I'm passing through Lafayette and don't have time for a leisurely sit-down meal, I'm going to find some of that spicy boudin and see if it's as good as I remember.