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The thing is that it rains in Louisiana. It rains a lot. And this part of the state is flat, so there’s not anyplace for the water to drain. Which makes this building that sits barely above the ground seem like maybe it’s prone to flooding. But not to worry – there’s a boat close at hand. Sure, it’s rusty and everything, but still…

near St. Martinville, Louisiana
photographed 10.21.2017

The Mother Church


In early January, Christmas angels were still on hand to greet us at the Mother Church of the Acadians.

By the time of our visit, we’d missed the conclusion of the year-long celebration of the 250th anniversary of the church, which was founded by a group of Acadians who’d been evicted from Nova Scotia by the British. These exiles brought their rich culture and traditions which have left a strong, permanent imprint upon Louisiana.

St. Martin de Tours Catholic Church
St. Martinville, Louisiana
photographed 1.9.2016

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