Off to Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, about 50 miles west of New Orleans. Breaux Bridge is a sleepy, little town, known as “la capitale mondiale de l’écrevisse,” the Crawfish Capital of the World. History says Acadian Firmin Breaux purchased land in the vicinity of the present-day city of Breaux Bridge in 1774. In 1799 he built a suspension footbridge across Bayou Teche. When getting directions, travelers were told to “go to Breaux’s bridge.” Hence, the name of the city.
The current bridge was built in 1950 and is a steel bridge that lifts a span vertically.
The population is about 8,000. The town is about ten miles east of Lafayette. Lafayette is the fourth largest town in Louisiana, population around 125,000. So, anything you want can be found a short distance away.
But, after driving through Lafayette, we were glad to get back to our little AirBnB in Breaux Bridge. It was a lovely little bungalow on Bayou Teche. The hosts, Linni and Trent, were just amazing. We hit it off immediately and spent quite a bit of time with them.
The legend of Bayou Teche is:
When I asked about Zydeco music, Linni suggested Whiskey River in Henderson, LA, a few miles up the road. The bar is located at Whiskey Landing, up and over the Henderson Levee. I couldn’t help wonder what would happen with a flood as the bar is on the wrong side of the levee!
What a blast! We met a couple from Welsh, LA, and talked and danced for a few hours. Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie provided amazing zydeco. It just made you smile.
And I just have to add this photo. There are little ice machines all over the place. 20 pounds of ice for $1.50. Just insert coins, a bag fills and a tray opens. Voila!