165/366 | Fisherman's Castle

June 14, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

What a glorious day we had yesterday, June 13. We scoped out a pet-friendly place to eat in nearby Slidell called The Blind Tiger. It was a trip fraught with nerves due to a very fidgety little chihuahua. She could not settle down no matter how many times I adjusted her blankets and bedding. But when we got to the restaurant, she made so many friends, the smell of food was a welcome distraction, and she finally settled down. She enjoyed nibbling on our Mahi Mahi tacos.

I learned about Fisherman's Castle on Irish Bayou a few years ago from a local magazine. Simon Hubert Villemarrette began construction in 1981 in preparation for the 1984 World's Fair in New Orleans. It was supposed to be an extended tourist attraction, but the plans fell though getting buses and boats to the remote location. The castle was never completed and therefore, never used for its intended purpose. When Mr. Villemarrette died of lung cancer, his wife was unable to keep up the mortgage payments, and lost it to foreclosure. It is surrounded by fishing camps, which are basically small clapboard houses placed on tall pillars to keep from flooding. It is one of the few structures in the area to emerge with little damage from Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The castle was built to withstand 140mph winds, but it sits crooked on its foundation as a result. 

Once again my iPhone 11 Pro Max captured the best image. I just do not have a wide enough angle lens for my DSLR. God blessed me again with another beautiful sunset and I was grateful.

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