I was flipping through TV stations last week and came across 1997’s Eve’s Bayou. I was immediately reminded that it is one of the truly great travel inspiring movies. The movie, starring Samuel L Jackson, is about the Batiste family, the secrets they keep and the betrayals they have had to endure in rural Louisiana.
Eve’s Bayou was filmed primarily in Covington, LA though some scenes were also filmed in Madisonville & Napoleonville. The film’s gracious homes and moss draped Louisiana backwater exemplify the drama that draws so many visitors to the south each year. Watching the film, one can’t help but to long for a warm, sultry, southern summer night.
Covington, LA is just a short drive across Lake Pontchartrain from New Orleans making this small town a great stop over if traveling to the Big Easy. New Orleans is once again one of America’s great travel destinations. It is also a great volunteerism destination if you are looking to do something more meaningful with your summer vacation.
Cheap Tickets has teamed up with the United Way to provide inexpensive vacation volunteer opportunities all over the U.S. For instance they offer several packages to LA some of which include room and board. You can search here by interest to see what option might be best for you.
This week I also saw this article and picture essay in the NY Times about the Louisiana Slave Trail. If you are deciding to vacation in southern Louisiana please take a look at this, it seems like an unforgettable educational experience for all.