Monday Road Trip * Bayou Mardi Gras

Welcome to another Monday in Louisiana! Today’s Road Trip takes you to the Mardi Gras : It might only be early February but the parades are already on the streets both large and small towns. We hit New Iberia’s Parade this Saturday for some family fun:

New Iberia was founded on the banks of Bayou Teche in 1779 by a group of Spaniards from Malaga. It is the only extant town in Louisiana to be founded by Spaniards during the Colonial Era. The Spanish pioneers called their town “Nueva Iberia” in consideration of their homeland. Their French neighbors along the Teche referred to the town as “Nouvelle Ibérie”.

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Bayou Mardi Gras

Downtown -New Iberia with 18 floats and seven high school bands, A great small town parade to enjoy with your family. Held last Saturday is one you don’t want to miss. Its always fun on the Bayou.

Krewe of Chewbaccchus : Science fiction

The 900-member Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus is a Sci-Fi themed Mardi Gras parade, as well as a self-described satirical space cult. Chewbacchus consists of over 150 distinct subkrewes, each of which pays loving (and sometimes satirical) homage to the full spectrum of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and everything in between. Chewbacchus is a model of creative collaboration and has grown into a self-sustaining tradition.

The parade consists of roughly 100 contraptions which are either pushed, pedaled, or pulled and are built onto bicycles, homemade trailers, and shopping carts. Chewbacchus believes that green parades are the “Future of Revelry” and does not use internal combustion engines to power floats. The mad scientists who engineer the krewe’s contraptions have found clever ways to build amazing floats that don’t require petroleum products.

The Krewe of Chewbacchus also makes all of its own throws and has created hundreds of elaborately decorated bandoliers, bean bags, Frisbees, stuffed animals, and even developed a method for casting their own custom bead medallions. Was held this Saturday in New Orleans.

Krewe of Poseidon : Slidell H

This Saturday it roll down the street at 6:00 pm
Along Hwy 11 to Hwy 190 to Kensington Blvd.

What better name than “Poseidon” for a krewe in Slidell, a community surrounded by water. The co-ed Krewe of Poseidon, named after the Greek god of the sea, earthquakes and horses, has grown to be one of the largest krewes on the Northshore. They typically roll with over 600 riders and and nearly 30 floats, including super floats, tandems and doubles. Poseidon prides itself on offering keepsake throws, including tridents, medallion beads, footballs, doubloons and cups. Expect to catch lots of “light-ups.” When you attend the Krewe of Poseidon parade, you can expect to catch something out of the ordinary.

Along with being committed to fun, the Krewe of Poseidon is dedicated to supporting the Slidell community. They do so through the promotion of social interaction and philanthropy.

Monday’s Road trip ! Asian Market

Happy Monday ! Today we are taking a road trip to Lafayette to the Asian market. So if you haven’t done your shopping for tomorrow ( Chinese New Year ) hop in the car ! It’s Road Trip Time with Tom and Lisa

Asian Market @
110 Arnould Blvd, Lafayette, LA 70506

A great place for fresh fruit and vegetables, packaged goods and ethnic frozen goods. They have foods from all over Asia – so I am sure you will find what you need. Lisa

My hubby shopping for a new wok:

Tom using his new Wok:

Road trip time * Gumbo cook off

Hi Monday Readers ! Today’s road trip with Tom and Lisa we are in Opealousas for the annual Gumbo cook off held this weekend .

French:les Opelousas) is a small city in St, Landry parish. Which takes its name from the Native American tribe that had occupied the area before Europeans arrived in the Territory in 1690. Home to many spice company its comely known as being -Perfectly Seasoned .

The 13th annual Opelousas Gumbo Cook-Off heats up with live music, a kids’ activity area, silent and live auctions, food, drinks, dancing, and, of course, lots of gumbo—all held in downtown Opelousas. Prizes are awarded for first, second, and third place; and the winner receives a specially designed Gumbo Cook-Off Champ Paddle from last year’s champ.
Winners will be announced at 4 pm. All proceeds will benefit a local child and family who are burdened with medical and related expenses.

Monday’s Recipe :

So get ready and Cook :  Chicken and Okra Gumbo

  • 1-3 lb chicken cut up
  • 2 large onions chopped
  • 1 lb okra sliced
  • 2 quarts of water
  • 1 medium green pepper
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Salt & pepper chicken and brown until golden brown. in a large pot with oil. Remove chicken from post and add onions,okra,green peppers and fcook slowly until soft About 1 hour. Add in water and chicken -cook another hour. Taste for seasoning, And serve with hite rice.

Monday Road Trip * UL Campus

Happy Monday – Dec 10th . And this weekend our road trip took us to Lafayette ,Louisiana  .  My son attends college  on the beautiful campus and he has just finished his first semester. I can’t believe that time passed so fast -it feels like he just moved in and I was worried about him and now he’s done. He’s been sharing pictures of the campus as they prepare for the holidays – so we took a look ourselves.  And then it was time for food – our choice -Olde Tyme Grocery (the best po boys in Lafayette ) . Good at any time –

Everywhere you look it looks like Christmas/    Lisa 

The brick entrance gates to the university Welcome you with wreaths. 

Christmas tree in the Quad . During the day and night. 

Giving Tree

And if we are on campus then we are going to : Olde Tyme Grocery

The Olde Tyme grocery is just off campus and  serves the best po boys in the area, Part local grocery store ,part bar and restraint this is a Lafayette landmark, Open Monday through Saturday only stop bye if you are in the area.  

Monday’s Road Trip with Tom and Lisa

Yesterday was my husbands birthday. And In our family it means road trip to find the perfect tree. In Michigan where we lived for  many years it was a trip to the tree farm to pick out the perfect tree. We even had a favorite tree farm we got our tree from every year since our son was born. The trees grew with him on the farm. 

Now living in Louisiana it’s to our local Lowe’s for a tree. Not as much as fun but we love keeping the tradition alive. This year with my son in college it was just Tom and I doing the shopping,  But while shopping we got a message ( pictures)  from my son he was at a Christmas parade  Another thing we always did to welcome in the Christmas season. when he was small.  So we are keeping the family tradition alive in our own way. It’s important to us to have traditions that can be passed on – thats why I love to scrapbook and showcase pictures from past to present. Enjoy my pictures of our Tree Shopping Road Trip.  Lisa 

Tree Shopping in Michigan : 

Tree Shopping in Louisiana : 

Monday’s Road trip with Tom and Lisa

Lighting of the Nativity and Courthouse Square : 

This Saturday evening we started the holiday season with a visit to downtown Opealousa as the Courthouse had a makeover.  The old courthouse oaks are decorated with light as we Welcome the holiday season with music,vendors and Santa.  So enjoy the holiday lights with my family- Its starting to feel like Christmas. Lisa 

Lighting of the Nativity and Courthouse Square is a free and family oriented event on Saturday, November 24, 2018, from 3:30 to 6:30 pm at the St. Landry Parish Courthouse in Opelousas. Festivities include Santa and Sleigh, Petting Zoo, Our Lady Queen of Angels Church Choir, Storytelling, Caroling, Refreshments, Vendors and Artists.

Monday’s Road trip with Tom and Lisa

Happy Monday ! This week we stayed close to home and did some shopping at our local farmers market to get ready for some holiday cooking ! On my shopping list – fresh vegetables to cook for my holiday meal :fresh greens,Yams,honey and more… Lisa 

One of our favorite market is the market in Lafayette – not only does it  have great fresh merchandise but great gifts for the coming holiday season. A perfect spot to find unusual gifts for Mom and Dad – Who enjoy handmade gifts ….

Welcome to the Market : 

This  holiday week it’s all about giving Thanks ,great recipes and more   Lisa 

Monday’s Road trip with Tom & Lisa: St Landry Parish Veterans Memorial

Happy Monday ! Today we celebrate in the USA – Veterans Day ! 

Today’s Road Trip is to a special place in honor of Veterans Day  & we share it with my Dad. ! St. Landry Parish Veterans Memorial in Opealousas ,la.  more information

Support our Veterans!!!
It is with faith, prayers and hope that All of St. Landry Parish Citizens will take an active role in helping to make this project a reality. Your donations and the purchasing of bricks will be appreciated. Thank you.
The Concept:
To acknowledge and recognize all military personnel, and to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our country, to create a park – a quiet place unto itself, a place of education, a place of hope, a place of peace, serenity and beauty, a place for all of us.





My Dad a Veteran of the Korean Conflicts goes often to walk the pathway of the brick honoring solders from  all over   St. Landry Parish. Many are personal friends, others are strangers  and others  are family members now deceased who served. Its always a pleasure to share this special place with my Dad at any time but specially today. Lisa 


– Engraved Bricks will form extended walk-ways for supporters, civilians, and other non-military personnel.


The black & white picture  is a picture of my Dad Marine Corp Platoon in San Diego. 


Thank You for your Service !    The Jungs 




Monday’s Road trip with Tom and Lisa

Today’s Monday road trip brings you to the annual Holy Ghost Creole Bazaar & Festival : 

Filled with great food ,music and a parade- held the first weekend in November . Its the largest Creole festival in the world. Lisa 

Holy Ghost Catholic Church ,  788 N. Union St. Opelousas, LA 70570

Saturday, the festival grounds open early with live music and more Creole food to sample. All day long, hear zydeco music bands under the music tent, but be sure to take a break to seek out the festival’s famous sweet dough pies. Holy Ghost volunteers spend hours preparing and baking this local treat because they are just too tempting to pass up!

Sunday, join the locals in celebrating their Creole heritage at the Creole Festival Parade. The route runs from Landry Street all the way to Union. Feel free to bring lawn chairs or a blanket to enjoy the parade.


Events : 

Friday – Gospel Night
12pm – Grounds open
10am-2pm – Catfish dinners available
7pm-10pm – Live gospel music

8am – 5K Run
10am – Festival grounds open
Music by DJ Cisco
7pm – Lil’ Nate & The Zydeco Big Timers

10am – Festival ground open
12pm – Creole Festival Parade (Landry St. to Union)
Live music after the parade
3pm-7pm – T-Broussard & the Zydeco Steppers

Monday Road Trip with Tom & Lisa * Washington,La

Hi ! It’s Monday and time for a Road trip – 

Washington, La  Read more town facts

The town of Washington, the third-oldest settlement in Louisiana, is a former French trading post that flourished thanks to the river the bayou that runs through it. The town was founded in 1720 on the banks of Bayou Courtableau, and eventually rose in prominence as a steamboat port that brought cattle, sugar and other farm goods from Cajun Country to markets in New Orleans. The last steamboat left Washington in 1900, leaving behind homes and warehouses that today form the heart of the town’s historic district. In fact, 80 percent of the city is on the National Historic Registry.:

Start your tour at the Museum : 




Shopping in town : 




Houses line the main streets : 












Old School House Antique Mall :