Sunday, April 21, 2013

Cafe Des Amis, Friends, Food & Music

Well it has been another great week of the usual things here at Betty's.  More friends, food and music.  Most of those who have been here all winter are gone only to be replaced by others who are here for shorter stays.  Some are old friends and others are new ones.
On Saturday morning it was up and out of bed at 5AM so we could be first in line for the Zydeco breakfast at the Cafe Des Amis in Breaux Bridge.  We always do this at least once while we are here and love to take new people.  Here are Nanc, Barb, Sue, Rick, Randy, Renita and Mark waiting to get through the door at 7:30.  There was a line down the street by the time they opened and if you arrive much after that you will not get a table before 10.
Barb made her washboard debut two weeks earlier at Touchet's and was looking forward to purchasing her very own washboard tie.  She got to play with the band here and at the Cajun jam session in the afternoon.  She can scratch that off her bucket list.
Nanc & I and Renita & Mark even hit the dance floor for a couple of tunes.  Here is a link to a short video to give you a real feel of the Cafe Des Amis experience.  If you are on I-10 near Breaux Bridge on Saturday morning this is not to be missed.
After a nap it was off to Touchet's for the Cajun French Jam Session.  We did this on our first visit five years ago and never miss it.  Here are Calvin,& Donna Touchet, who are planning to hit the road in their RV next year, and their son, Derek
Barb swinging that washboard at the jam session.
On Sunday we had a great brunch with Rick, Barb, Mark, Renita, Nanc and I.  The food was wonderful and the stories were even better.
You never know who you will meet at Betty's.  Three Aussies, Matt and Bridget with Nanc and Lynn with Betty and Amanda dropped in for a few days.  Bridget and Amanda meet in the 90's when they were part of Up With People and have gotten together several times since then.
If you read this blog you know Betty is famous for her "Folk Art".  This year she is really into water fountains.  This is a new creation she made with a piece of cypress she got from Gerald the Wood Man.  Remember it is folk art and if you don't like it, folk you:-)
Departing brings such sweet sorrow.  This week four couples pulled out with the usual crowd of well wishers gathered to see them off.  The crowds got smaller and smaller as there are fewer people here.  Top are Paul & Peggy and Mark & Renita and bottom are Russ & Lori and Rick & Barb all about to hit the road.  Remember if you don't leave you can't come back.  Safe travels to all.
Departures do open spaces for new people.  Here are MaryBeth & Tony, whom we have met up with in Michigan and Bill & Giesla, whom we have met here several times.
Betty took advantage of the open spaces and had two cypress trees removed.  The cypress knees where threatening her concrete slab so they had to go.  Here are before, during and after pictures.  The whole thing took less than two hours.
Friday's happy hour(s) included music by local Dave (right) and Cape Bretoner, Eric.  While there are fewer of us here we had a grand time.
We even did one last crawfish dinner.  Here we are all enjoying the music before
the huge mudbugs arrived.  And the good times continue to roll! 


Bobbie and Jim said...

Great, great blog post, Jim. Love the photos. Good to see Mark and Renita again, as it's been several years since we've seen them in person.

ladynomad said...

Love Cafe Des Amis. Will be there in a couple of weeks for the Crawfish Festival and plan on going to the cafe. Like you, if I'm in the area, I have to get there at least once.

Doing It On the Road(Part II) said...

Its always a pleasure to see friends as we travel down the road. Another good post.