5629
Lafayette
The Cajun Experience in Music, Food and Dance
Revel in the traditions of Cajun Country as you savor local cuisine, experience Cajun dance, enjoy a narrated walk through a folk-life village and learn the story of this unique region.
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Program No. 5629RJ
Length
6 days
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6 days
5 nights
14 meals
5 B 4 L 5 D
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Lafayette, LA
D
Doubletree

Afternoon: Hotel check-in time is 3:00.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Evening: We will meet promptly at 4:30 for the program orientation. We will go through the itinerary for the week, engage in a fun colloquial vocabulary/language exercise, and have a general Q&A session. Individuals will introduce themselves to the group. It's a lively beginning to the program that is not to be missed!

DAY
2
Jean Lafitte Center, Vermilionville
Lafayette, LA
B,L,D
Doubletree

Activity note: The 1.5 hour docent led walk through Vermilionville includes lots of standing with occasional brief opportunities to sit.

Breakfast: Daily breakfast buffet in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Field trip to Jean Lafitte Acadian Culture Center to view films on the deportation of the Acadians, as well as a film about the Atchafalaya Basin. There will also be time to see the on-site museum. Afterwards, on to Vermilionville for a guided walk through the folk life village.

Lunch: Lunch at La Cuisine de Maman (on-site cafe at Vermilionville).

Afternoon: Delve into the fascinating and complex history of Louisiana. Current day Cajun culture is a result of not only the arrival of the Acadians, but also other groups whose cultures had an impact on the Cajun way of life. Be mesmerized by the tale, as told by a local historian.

Dinner: Local restaurant.

DAY
3
Cajun Dance/Accordion Factory
Lafayette, LA
B,L,D
Doubletree

Breakfast: Daily breakfast buffet in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Class: Life and Culture of the Atchafalaya Basin.

Lunch: Local Cajun restaurant.

Afternoon: Class: Learn the Cajun waltz and the two-step in an entertaining dance lesson. Even if you think you don't want to dance, you will enjoy the toe-tapping Cajun music ... and before you know it, you will be on your feet, unable to resist!

Dinner: Local Cajun restaurant.

Evening: Take a trip to a local accordion factory. This family run business may well be the highlight of the trip. Meet the Martin family. Patriarch, Junior Martin, his daughter, Pennye Huval, and grandson, Joel Martin. You will be informed, entertained, and touched by this heart-warming experience. Laissez les bons temps rouler!

DAY
4
Local Food Traditions; Boat Ride in the Swamp
Lafayette, LA
B,L,D
Doubletree

Breakfast: Daily breakfast buffet in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Cajun food is often one pot, rustic cooking. Learn more about local food-ways, pantry ingredients,and the plate lunch culture, as related to you by your group leader and coordinator, Patti Daigle, a lifelong resident of south Louisiana. A wonderful documentary (made by grad students at UL Lafayette), "Raised on Rice and Gravy," will also be shown.

Lunch: Local restaurant.

Afternoon: Enjoy a boat ride through a south Louisiana swamp. The scenery changes, depending on the season. Moss draped cypress trees, perhaps an alligator sighting, perhaps egrets and herons. (This outing is weather dependent.)

Dinner: Local Cajun restaurant or hotel dinner.

DAY
5
Shadows on the Teche, Pont Breaux's Cajun Restaurant
Lafayette, LA
B,L,D
Doubletree

Activity note: Walking and standing during a one hour guided tour of historic home.

Breakfast: Daily breakfast buffet in the hotel dining room.

Morning: We’ll take a trip to New Iberia to see the Shadows-on-the-Teche, where we will learn about the history of this beautiful old home, as well as the influence of sugarcane farming in the area. Afterwards, we’ll travel to Avery Island, to see where Tabasco is made.

Lunch: Local restaurant.

Afternoon: We'll have a second dancing lesson to review the waltz and the two-step. Perfect your skills before going out for a night of dinner and dancing. Graduation before leaving for dinner.

Dinner: We'll go out to a favorite restaurant/dance hall for dinner and dancing to live Cajun music.

DAY
6
Program Concludes
Lafayette, LA
B

Breakfast: Daily breakfast buffet in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Breakfast is served from 6:30 - 10:00. You are free to depart after breakfast. Check out of hotel. Have a safe trip home!






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