The first day I didn't take too many pictures, so I only have these to offer.
Third & Convention Streets in downtown Baton Rouge. Two days after Mardi Gras. Although most of Mardi Gras is celebrated in New Orleans, Baton Rouge and many surrounding cities all have their celebrations, too.
It was a beautiful day on our arrival. The most exciting thing about it was that my mom went with us downtown, allowing my son, Michael, to bring the wheelchair along. She NEVER goes anywhere with us anymore. The winds were rather strong and a bit chilling as we walked around, so Michael took off his hoodie, gently covering his Mimi with it. She protested, but he insisted, like the gentleman he is. I was so proud of my son at that moment.
|Huey P. Long, 40th governor of Louisiana (1928-1932)|
An exhibit inside the Old State Capitol building. As you enter the room, excerpts from his speeches automatically play. To hear him rant about the need to "redistribute wealth" was...interesting. I can't imagine anyone speaking those words today (out loud, anyway) and getting elected. Although a controversial figure--some claimed he was a dictator and some a messiah--he was responsible for building much of the infrastructure in Louisiana such as bridges, roads, hospitals, and schools. Long planned a run for the presidency, but was assassinated in 1935.
|Picture hanging inside the Capitol.|
More later in the week. Stay tuned!