For many of us, today is Shrove Tuesday, but in New Orleans, it’s Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday. Becky and I have had the good fortune to visit this beautiful city twice. New Orleans is not the most wheelchair accessible, but the people are really friendly and helpful; in our experience, anyway.
The architecture is beautiful, and we spent many hours just wandering around, experiencing the views, and enjoying the street performers. We visited the warehouse, across the river, were many of the floats used for Mardi Gras are assembled. They are huge, colourful, and have fantastic designs.
We were able to dress up in costumes and sample some of the King Cake that is eaten today.
We took a trip on a paddle steamer down the Mississippi. That was on my Bucket List. It was such a thrill for me to be on the Mississippi River.
We visited lots of restaurants. The food is excellent, but very fattening. I don’t think they make anything without cream, and a quick lunch is a three-course meal. You must try white chocolate bread pudding if it crosses your path. It is nothing like english bread pudding.
There was a wheelchair accessible tour that took us to the cemeteries in the city, and we also made it out to Oak Alley, an old plantation. I got to sip a Mint Julep on the porch while Becky was treated to pralines. Not a bad way to spend an afternoon.
I couldn’t make it to the night scene because I had Becky with me, but we still enjoyed Bourbon Street during the early evening. New Orleans is a really fun place; lots of music, great food, and nice people. I imagine it is crazy down there right now with all the floats, and dancing, and strings of beads being thrown around. What fun! We hope to go back there some time for Mardi Gras, but until then, we’ll stay home and enjoy our pancakes.
Whether you are celebrating Mardi Gras or Shrove Tuesday, we hope you have a great day.