Day 3: Natchez Mississippi and Lafayette Louisiana

Trip Start Mar 25, 2012
Trip End Mar 30, 2012

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Where I stayed
Days Inn, Lafayette Louisiana
What I did
Under-The-Hill, Natchez Mississippi
Dunleith Plantation
Auburn Plantation
St John the Evangelist Church, Lafayette Louisiana

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

I got up around 7AM this morning. The first thing I did was go to the Under-The-Hill District. It's a small spot on the Mississippi River. There's a steamboat here that you can take a ride on and there are a few restaurants.

Next I visited Longwood Plantation house. I took the tour which consisted of ALL old people and then me. Longwood is a historic plantation home located on Woodville Road and is the largest octagonal house in the US. The first floor (which is technically the basement) is the only furnished and completely finished floor in the house. The upper floors are unfinished and consist of brick walls and boards. The lady who conducted our tour was very sweet and definitely a true Southerner. She said things like "that was a hoot" and "i was tickled." She told us all about the house and its history and knew the answer to any question asked. The only thing I didn't like was that I had to pay $15 to get in and take the tour!! All of the plantation homes here charge a fee to get in, this is the only one that I really wanted to take a tour of. This house has also been featured on Ghost Hunters and was the residence of Russell Edgington on True Blood (LOVE!!!) Today it is kept up by the Pilgrimage Garden Club of Natchez which consists of 900 women members!

The other plantations, Dunleith, Rosalie, Auburn, Stanton Hall, and Melrose, I mainly stopped by just to take pictures but I didn't take anymore tours. As I was driving around Natchez, I stopped on Main Street to take a picture. Somehow as I was getting out of the car, I thought my camera strap was around my arm (it wasn't) and my camera fell on the pavement. I have a UV filter screwed on over the lens (mainly to protect the lens from breaking) and this filter cracked in 2 places. It also bent the filter a little so I couldn't screw it off the lens. After almost having a heart attack, I realized I would just have to use my other 2 lenses and take this lens to the camera shop when I got home. It wouldn't be a vacation unless something went wrong, right???

Needless to say, after my camera fell on the pavement I was in a pretty foul mood. I ended up leaving Natchez early and driving to Lafayette, Louisiana. I took US-61 S to I-10 W and it took me about 2 hours and 45 minutes. When you drive in between Baton Rouge and Lafayette, there is about a 20 mile stretch where you are driving straight on a raised highway that is over a huge swamp. They have certain areas down there where you can park your truck and take your boat out on the swampy waters.

Once I got to Lafayette, I drove around and found the St John the Evangelist Church. It's a very beautiful church with a large cemetery in the back. This was the only interesting thing in Lafayette to see. It sucked because I booked a hotel earlier this day to stay in Lafayette overnight. But since I was done taking pictures at like 5pm, I could've driven back to Baton Rouge and gotten an earlier start in the morning. Everything worked out though. The Days Inn I stayed in was a total flea bag dump. I asked for a non-smoking room and she gave me a smoking room, and it was located right near an airport and railroad track so that's all I listened to ALL night. I barely even wanted to sleep in the bed because I didn't want to catch any diseases. I made sure to get up super early the next morning and get the hell out of there!!
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