Friday we drove from Houston to Baton Rouge, the state capital of Louisiana. The name of the city - "red stick" - comes from an Injun territory marker that the French found when they came up the Mississippi in 1699.
The town has some nice areas; we walked quite a bit when we got there in the afternoon. More specifically we drove aimlessly around till we hit a parking space in front of the River Center, then we walked 3rd street all the way to the site of the State Capitol and then via a quick detour into Spanish Town, we walked down to the River Center again through Beauregard Town.
We saw some nice restaurants and bars, but the streets were almost empty of both people and cars. Probably a combination of College football, Black Friday and govt employees getting the fuck outta Dodge on a Friday afternoon. Speaking of College football, we were very surprised to see several streets cordoned off and police cars with lights flashing all around downtown. We asked the lady at the Motel 6 if there was some bigwig in town, but she just smiled and said "LSU". Apparently, the Tigers are religion in Baton Rouge. I have no idea or interest in who they were playing, but if that's how they fuck up the city traffic at every home game I'm glad I don't live there.
All pics here.
The skies were showing off over the bridge across the Mississippi.
The state capitol looks like sumfin' Stalin might have nodded appreciatively about.
In front of the building they had a statue of Huey Long, the corrupt mofo who represents everything that's wrong with LA state politics to this day.
Motto: Silly jokes, serious pizza. We never tried, so I can't vouch for 'em.
Some purdy and/or interesting buildings. You can see more at the flickr page.