Yesterday at lunch Marc asked the Hansen's if they had time today to see a few sights. They seemed really happy to accept the offer as they haven't done any sightseeing yet. Stop #1 was Coffee Call for beignets. And then we went to Tony's. I'm not sure why this is such an important part of the tour, but Marc assured me that President Hansen would love it since he loves everything about fish and fishing. He even liked the smell of the place when you walk in the door!
Our next stop was the capitol, and what a beautiful day it was. Last night was another down pour, but we woke up to a beautiful day. The view from the observation deck on the 27th floor is unique. Each side is a different landscape--#1 is the Mississippi River, bridges, barges, paddle boat, USS Kidd; #2 is very industrial; #3 is more urban with lots of trees and a few homes peeking through the greenery, and #4 overlooks the downtown and Capitol gardens.
Our drive took us through downtown Baton Rouge, shotgun houses, one way streets going the wrong way, then on to Port Allen, across the Mississippi, the locks, the smallest doctor's office in the world, St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, also called "the cathedral on the bayou," in Plaquemine, our little Plaquemine Branch building which is right on the road to Nottoway Plantation. Then Marc looped around and ended up at the ferry. Of course he did! He loves that boat. We had to wait for a bit while a tug boat pushed at least a dozen barges upstream. Next we introduced the Hansen's to Mike, the LSU tiger. I only got a picture of the back of his head, but it was as close as we've ever been.
There were a few other points of interest along the way, but that's kind of a nutshell of our day. The last activity was lunch at Frank's for homemade biscuits with chicken fried steak, or gravy, or blackberry preserves, or eggs. All in all it was a fun day and so enjoyable having some time to get to know our new President and wife.