When I was a teenager, I read a book called “Ruby” by V.C. Andrews. It was about a young Cajun girl who lived on a bayou in Louisiana. She was a blossoming painter and lived an idyllic, simple life. Ruby was very close to her grand-mere (French for Grandma), who practiced voodoo and was a healer in the bayou. Family secrets and a death uprooted her from her home and led her to New Orleans in search of answers to the skeletons in her family’s closet. “Ruby” is the first book in the Landry series by V.C. Andrews and the rest of the books in the series are equally intriguing. I definitely recommend you put them on your reading list!
What captured me the most though, was the setting. The Bayous, and New Orleans set the scene for the story and ignited my desire to see this magical and dazzling setting for myself.
Since then, I have been to NOLA five times and visited the Honey Island Swamp and Manchac swamp. I think it’s safe to say that the bayous and NOLA cast a spell on me that I never want to be free from. The bayous are so enchanting, and I hope that through preservation and education future generations will get to enjoy the beauty of this special place too.
A couple years ago, I wrote a blog post about some reasons I loved NOLA and said I would write up a post dedicated solely to seeing the bayou. Here it is 🙂 . My photos won’t do them justice, but here is a peak at the unique beauty and wonder that await you in the bayous!