Interviewee: Sue Galliano

Role: Grand Isle Resident

Date of Interview: 8/5/09

Collection: Louisiana Sea Grant Oral Histories

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Abstract: Sue Galliano reflects on the beauty and uniqueness of Grand Isle, Louisiana.


My name is Sue Galliano. I was born in June of 1949, and we are sitting in Grand Isle.

Well when you cross the bridge coming onto the island, as people have told me, and I've experienced myself, you're just like, I'm home. And you relax. Because, it's true. We're an island, the pace of life's a little slower, we don't get as excited, we don't have any stoplights, we don't have a lot of the modern things that people take for granted, we don't have a McDonalds on every corner, I mean, Grand Isle is smaller than the average Houston subdivision. And if you want to come to the Isle and you want to enjoy it, it's one of the few places where you can still go, sit on your front porch, people know you when you walk by, or you don't have to know anybody. You can just sit here and be totally relaxed and not do anything.

I have a very small campground, and I have people that come in from all over the United States. And they all summarily say the same thing. They cannot get this sort of relaxation anywhere else. And as such, people to this day come down and will build lovely camps, or fix up the old family camp, and it's been something people have done for years and years, and generally, most of the camp owners here I'm talking about just summer folk, don't live more than 250 miles away. So Grand Isle is this private little quiet oasis for them. You know, they live in Lafayette or Baton Rouge, or maybe New Orleans, and it's not people that are coming from miles and miles and miles away, generally, it's people who are coming here who know about the island, and it's their own private little paradise. And it's quiet, they go to the beach, they walk on the beach, or they can lay on the beach and do nothing, or you can sit on your porch and enjoy the breeze. There's always a lovely breeze in the afternoon. If you just want to take a nap, you can do that.

It's just one of those precious little places that are getting further and further and further apart. I have campers that come to me every year – one set from Missouri, another set from Michigan, another set from Illinois. And they book it way in advance. They want to be here for right after Christmas, New Years, you know, January and February, they want to do Carnival, and they leave usually right before Easter, to get back home, you know. And – they've been around the world, these people. And they love coming here just because it's quiet, there's no line at the grocery store particularly, everybody knows your name. It's just one of those little rare spots that has got a lot of things going for it, and it's good to come and visit.

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