I said Friday that my husband was going to take us to Biloxi for the weekend, but our plans changed. We started heading east, but the weather got really bad and Grayson was not enjoying the ride, if you know what I mean. So we decided to stop in Breaux Bridge and stay for the weekend. It's a neat little cajun town and is right on the water. My dream is to own a bed and breakfast there one day. It's so cute and quaint and is only an hour and a half away from us. We go pretty often and love to bring people who aren't from Louisiana. There's no place like it.
What to do while in Breaux Bridge:
1. Cafe Des Amis. This little cafe is packed from wall to wall every Saturday morning. Although it's not a huge place, it's worth the crowd and the loudness. Even Grayson doesn't mind. There is a cajun or zydeco band that plays every Saturday and a dance floor packed with people dancing at 8 in the morning! The floors are wooden and the whole place shakes from all the dancing. Did I mention the food? They serve the best brunch, serving things like Crawfish Etouffee on top of eggs and a grilled biscuit, Grits and Grillades, and Beignets. Excuse my French, literally, in case I misspelled anything. They also serve mimosas and bloody marys all morning! It's quite an experience and a definite must when in Breaux Bridge.
This lady is there every Saturday selling these washboard ties. We purchased some for our wedding a few years back and were a hit. They are so much fun to play, even for the adults!
2. Antique shopping. I love antiques and I really love finding something that you see potential in or that is unique to you. There are several little antique shops in Breaux Bridge. Some sell antique clocks, some sell high-end antique furniture, and some sell a little bit of everything. Whatever it is, they have something for everyone. Antiques galore!
What a nice surprise for Ronald and Gloria to come meet us for the day!
Gloria and I wanted to take this cute little guy home. Not to sure what I'd do with it, but it's adorable.
3. The Coffee Break. This neat little coffee shop is filled with locals and people like us who just love to come in and browse. The walls are covered with art and photography that you can't find anywhere else. They serve the best homemade muffins and carrot cake...to die for! And of course, coffee. But the real reason to visit The Coffee Break is not for the coffee, but the music and the people. Every Saturday around 11, people come together with whatever instrument they play and have the "Cajun Jam." It is so fascinating to watch and great to listen to. You have a variety of people playing, from older men who have grown up playing cajun music to young kids just starting out. Jamie also likes to jam from time to time.
Alex enjoying an ice-cream cone.
We even ran into our friends/neighbors.
4. Get your shine on. Shoes that is. This quirky man who shines shoes went all around looking for people with boots. He would say things like, "Those are some nice boots. Come on, let me shine those really nice for ya. They'll look brand new." So we did. And he was right. The whole family got their shoes shined, even Alex.
My fav boots got a good ol' shine.
5. Eat at Mulates. The food is good and the atmosphere is even better. We ate there twice and both times the kids had a blast. They made themselves right at home and were even running around the restaurant with all the other kiddos. They also had a cajun band and you know who loved every minute of it. Yes, little Grayson had a ball dancing out on the dance floor all by himself. He broke it down!
These two were wrestling all over the dance floor. Quite hilarious.
6. Stay in a B&B. We had never stayed in Breaux Bridge before so we didn't really know where to go. We called around and most all the bed and breakfasts were booked up. Then we stumbled upon a place called "Bayou Boudin and Cracklin." It was so cute! When you think cajun, you think of this place. There were little cottages all lined up on the water. The inside of our cottage wasn't much to speak of, but with 4 beds, that was all we needed. We had so much fun staying here and we can't wait to go back. The store/restaurant/check-in place was neat, too. The people were so friendly and they cooked us the best breakfast. By the end of our trip, they were calling us by our names and knew all about us.
The store/restaurant/check-in place.
This was smack dab in the middle of the B&B. Not exactly kid-friendly.
Mr. Chef man.
Our cottage. It even had little Christmas lights on it.
Are you bored yet?
Well our weekend is not over. On our way home, we decided to go out to Avery Island and see where Tobasco sauce is made! The weather was beautiful and perfect for the drive. We had a lot of fun and it was a great experience.
The store had everything Tobasco.
Even ice cream! It was actually really good.
We brought this cute little dude home.
On our way out, we drove through Jungle Gardens, a part of Avery Island. Let me just tell you that I saw some of the most beautiful trees I have ever seen. This pleace was simply breaktaking. The sun was shining, the wind was blowing in the trees, and it was just perfect. We saw a lovely bride in her wedding dress having her bridal portraits taken. A piece of Heaven.
This was a Buddhist temple that was built all the way back in the 1100's. Pretty unbelievable.
Posing as Buddha.
The little one is ready to go home.
And that was our weekend. It sure beats Biloxi any day of the week.