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Here I would love to share with you our travels and adventures as international consultants. About living in Italy, the Veneto area near Venice; in Indonesia, central Java. Why we love the southeast of the United States and moved back from Italy. Our love for gardening, the botanical way. Sharing with you our manifold treasures from exotic places and even offering several in my Mariette's Back to Basics LLC Boutique, for others to enjoy. As well as high end silver items from Giovanni Raspini, Italy |  google.com/+MariettesBacktoBasics 
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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Baton Rouge and Rosedown Plantation, Louisiana

On Sunday, July 9 of 2017 we arrived in Baton Rouge, the capitol of Louisiana where we were about to dock around 7:30 PM
Here we are at 17:36 approaching Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in the rain...
To the right, those arches you see, that is Baton Rouge's City Dock.
This shows satellite image from where the photo has been taken, with the City Dock clearly showing.


The timing was always so perfect, even with some rain or thunderstorms, we were aboard and had our elegant dinner and evening entertainment!
Above is a very short 28 seconds video with an 180º overview from the front deck, you can see the walkway bridge hanging out for us to disembark in the morning.
At the City Dock in Baton Rouge, Louisiana by 7:30 PM
Like a snake, the Mississippi river moves past Baton Rouge...
After breakfast as we get off the boat via the City Dock we are greeted and handed each a necklace of vibrant Mardi Gras beads.
We get on the bus at 8:30 AM and start a city tour.
This is our Monday, July 10th, 2017 schedule.
Here husband Pieter stands at the entrance of Saint Francisville Rosedown Plantation.
It is nearly impossible to capture those huge live oak trees!
Clear blue sky in the mornings.
On the entire property you can see ladies wearing 19th Century costumes.
While doing the tour, I've taken this photo from the balcony to show the conservatory in the back.
You clearly can see the Spanish moss hanging down from those live oak trees.
From the top balcony, while we were waiting for our tour guide to be available, I took this down from the live oak tree lined alley.
And more upwards to show those live oak trees.
Just to show you how wide those veranda balconies are!
They encircle the entire house and provide lovely shade during most of the day.
Husband Pieter wearing his American Cruise Lines bag with our bottled water...
The very same was true here, we would have loved to explore this place more but the coach was already waiting for us.
The Gardens were sure lovely for a stroll!
At the top, right from center, you see the Rosedown Plantation and below is the Mississippi River.
Also the red dot below center points to Grandmother's Buttons where we also visited and people found some cute souvenirs.
After lunch we had another tour...
For 25 beautiful photos from Baton Rouge, showing some of the things we did get to visit or see in the afternoon during the Historic Baton Rouge City Tour at 2:00 PM, just click the pink hyperlink.
Another perfect day ended with this sun down Baton Rouge Riverfront at 8:05 PM.
Photo was taken from our balcony...
This photo shows the location where the America was, next to the City Dock, when I took that sun down photo.

Thank you for your visit!

Stay tuned for Oak Alley in Vacherie, Louisiana


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Friday, February 16, 2018

Houmas House the Sugar Palace in Darrow, Louisiana

On July 9, 2017 we did get off the America, for walking across the road, to Houmas House.
Entrance of Houmas House and Gardens
Gardens in Louisiana are very lush, due to the constant high humidity.
Houmas House is a 1775 Sugar Cane Plantation and sits on 38 acres.
One only wishes, this view could be possible!
Trees have grown too big and obstruct from every angle...
All the above makes you step back into a very romantic era of the past.
Mind you, there was hard labor too!
It took many servants for keeping the plantation + antebellum house in top shape.
Loved this playful frog statue in the pond with fountain.
Just had to capture this old door handle or whatever it was.
Yes, Houmas House and Gardens allows visitors to experience the life of a wealthy Sugar Baron in the 1800s.
Since my photos are by far not comparable to the brochure, I show that FIRST!
It is so hard to capture the house with those HUGE live oak trees...
Houmas House: "THE SUGAR PALACE" Crown Jewel of Louisiana's River Road
Picture perfect view of Houmas House!
The Tour we did and enjoyed but for all the rest there was not enough time...
As you can clearly see in this google maps image, the Houmas House is right on the Mississippi so we just got off the boat after breakfast and walked across the road to the live oak lined alley, leading up to the house.
Tour was great and we enjoyed it very much.
We only had one problem, there is not enough time in just 3 hours for covering it all, like visiting the gardens at your own leisure
This is what I mean... the Houmas House is almost hidden by those HUGE live oak trees!
For the perfect light one has to stay there an entire day also. 
We had no choice.
Those giant live oak trees, with the Spanish moss hanging down, make you dwarf!
The Burnside Oak, with its history spanning centuries back to the Indians, is the most dominate oak of the front lawn of Houmas. The great Louisiana Live Oak, (Quercus virginiana), is believed to be well over 300 years old.
JOHN BURNSIDE (Houmas Owner 1858-1881)
Trying to give you an idea of the HUGE Live Oak Tree's size.
You see just a glimpse of Houmas House above the left of my left hand.
Husband Pieter is supporting this Old Live Oak tree... being scared that it would fall!
Stepping back and still not being able to capture the entire Live Oak!
Hurricanes have also done lots of damage as big limbs have broken off.
They try very hard to maintain the garden looking its best.
This is as far as I could step back, still not able to capture it entirely...
One has to be there in person, the tour of the House was a delight and educational too.
The gardens are great for strolling around.
Be aware that humidity in the afternoons can go up and also the chance of a thunderstorm.
We learned WHY Louisiana has such lush gardens!

Stay tuned for the next stop in Baton Rouge

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