New Iberia, St. Martinville And Evangeline

Also, wanted to visit New Iberia because it is the setting for many of the Robicheaux novels by James Lee Burke that I so enjoy. Driving back to Lafayette we stopped at the Longfellow- Evangeline State Park in St. Martinville (where Evangeline eventually died of a broken heart).  Once a part of a sugar plantation this park had artifacts and relics as well as a cabin displaying life for the Acadians. As one picture shows they collected the “Spanish moss” and sold some. It has been used as insulation, mulch, packing material and to stuff many things like mattresses and car seats.  Spanish moss is neither moss nor lichen but a bromeliad (pineapple is also a bromeliad!).  Weird, huh?

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