An early rise on day 2 in Baton Rouge at 7 o'clock. We set out for breakfast at there was no room in the breakfast room to sit.
Our first stop of the day was at PJ's Coffee House of New Orleans, just around the corner from the hotel. Definitely worth trying their coffee it is very good! At the coffee house we decided a route for the day as there was nothing much to do in the town.
Around this area there are a lot of sugar plantations and you can visit the grounds and take a tour around the houses. We headed out towards one north of Baton Rouge. It had a long sweeping driveway up to a huge white house with pillars. The grounds were covered in trees with Spanish moss dangling down from them which made it very dense. We took a few photos and had a look around then headed back on the road to see what there was.
Sometimes you travel down a road for ages and see nothing and then come across something by chance. We came across the Louisiana Maximum Security State Penitentiary. Not something you expect down a long road. The prison had a museum just outside the main gate which is definitely worth a visit.
It tells of the history of how it was once a large plantation and the state bought it over. The prison itself is one large farm with vegetables and cotton which the inmates harvest, process and package. The prison also has a death row. The museum has and exhibit explaining the corporal punishment which was carried out in the prison. The exhibit has the actual electric chair used for many years to put prisoners to death, it also has a picture of the current lethal injection chamber. This area of the museum has a very weird feel to it, you can sense what has happened in that chair. There is a list and photos of all the inmates that were put to death on that chair as well so you can see what has gone on.
After the museum we headed back along the road and went south of Baton Rouge to see what else we could find, and the truth be told, there was nothing much but it is interesting to see the local areas.
After arriving back at the hotel for some sun and a rest, it was dinner time. There are plenty of places on offer around the vicinity. There is also the Mall Of Louisiana close at had, which is huge. Wendy's was the winning restaurant. With a quick stop, we headed back to the room with the food, it was nice. I had time for another swim tonight, even though the pool was crowded with kids. That's all for now folks, off the Beaumont, Texas tomorrow. I will write again in our new destination.