In all my travels I haven't ever had the opportunity to visit New Orleans... until now. I had the opportunity to visit with one of our distributors for our reading program the past few days and enjoyed learning more about this interesting place. I was warned about the French Quarter prior to coming and made a vow to my wife that I wouldn't venture there. I imagine there are many seasoned travelers who would say that if you haven't been down that road you haven't experienced New Orleans at its finest. I would beg to differ. I have had a wonderful time visiting with the enthusiastic and jubilant folks who live here and learning more about the rich cultural heritage of this unique city.
Prior to this short visit I had no idea what a KREWE was or how much work went into the celebrations that they sponsor for Mardi Gras. I had no idea what a THROW was and the stacks of old throws that folks here keep in their attics. I had the pleasure of consuming a Po Boy sandwich at a hole in the wall sandwich shop that hasn't changed for 65 years (could probably use a coat of paint) and nobody is upset about it. I ate Barebeque Shrimp at a classic seafood establishment and was surprised at the flavor, once I got past the presentation (head and all). I have been pleasantly surprised with my experience in this one of a kind city and am reminded of all the varying experiences that this world has to offer.
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