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Side Trips from New Orleans Travel Guide

Lafayette

Lafayette (pronounced lah-fay-ette), with a population of about 120,000 (the largest city in Cajun Country), is a major center of Cajun life and lore. It's an interesting and enjoyable city, with some worthwhile historical and artistic sights. The simulated Cajun villages at Vermilionville and Acadian Village provide evocative introductions to the traditional Cajun

way of life. Excellent restaurants and B&Bs make Lafayette a good jumping-off point for exploring the region. In recent years the city has had an infusion of new restaurants and nightclubs—particularly downtown.

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