|About the Book|
PARLEZ-VOUS FRANCAIS? In Louisiana-a territory claimed for France by early French explorers and settled by the French and exiled Acadians-one is never surprised in numerous ways-in the names of its streets, towns and cities, in its food and cuisine,MorePARLEZ-VOUS FRANCAIS? In Louisiana-a territory claimed for France by early French explorers and settled by the French and exiled Acadians-one is never surprised in numerous ways-in the names of its streets, towns and cities, in its food and cuisine, in the life-style of its people, and of course in the renowned Vieux CarrE. And every year thousands of visitors from France come to Louisiana to explore this offshoot of French culture. Appropriately, a French language guidebook to Louisiana is now available. Originally published in France and written entirely in French, La Louisiane Aujourdhui is a complete and attractive guide to the state. The book contains information about every aspect of Louisiana and is illustrated with 51 full-color photographs. The guide first offers an overview of Louisiana, focusing on the various features that characterize the state-the bayous, the Mississippi, the unique vegetation and wildlife, the people and their traditions, the food and the music. Then 30 interesting towns and areas-including New Orleans, Baton Rouge, St. Francisville, Natchitoches, Thibodaux, Lake Pontchartrain, and the River Road-are highlighted with a brief historical commentary- an outline of key attractions- and information about restaurants, lodging, and more. Ten colorful maps detail useful information such as population distribution and the locations of main highways, national forests, camping areas, and plantation tour routes. This beautiful, oversized book is more than a guide to Louisiana for those who are familiar with French. It is an invitation to travel both to and in the state, as well as a perfect souvenir to take home.