I’m going to New Orleans with WanderTours! I’m so excited and am already counting down the days. The tour is in May, before temperatures have yet hit the highs of June, July and August. I expect it will be warm, but those of us emerging from a long winter will be lapping it up.
Like most, when I think of NOLA, the first images that come to mind are:
- Stunning Mardi Gras floats (which we’ll get to see at Mardi Gras World).
- Some of the best jazz clubs in the world.
- Ornate French colonial buildings in the French Quarter.
- Creole cottages and antebellum mansions with trees draped in Spanish moss. (We’ll be visiting two plantations – the Laura and Oak Alley plantations – former sugarcane producers).
- Hurricane Katrina – we’ll be taking a look at some of the restoration work taking place.
- And the FOOD! Think crawfish fresh from the Gulf, gumbo and jambalaya, red beans and rice and let’s not forget the warm beignet, which is impossible to eat daintily what with the masses of powdered sugar. I can see myself starting my morning with one or two of these sinful delights.
Why am I so excited about going on this tour?
- I love to cook and I love food. I love how food is a reflection of the history and culture of a place. I can’t wait for the cooking class at the New Orleans Culinary School.
- I’ve wanted to travel to New Orleans for a long time and see this as an opportunity to fulfill that desire.
- It’s a short trip that fits my budget at the moment. As much as I love to travel, it’s not always easy to take off on a long trip due to work and family commitments. At four nights, this is the chance to break up the daily routine and experience a mini-adventure!
- It’s all women! My first interaction with WanderTours was when I went on the Santa Fe Culinary tour and I loved it. Women traveling together tend to become very close and quickly develop friendships. It’s freeing to know that you’re traveling on your own and are responsible for only yourself. No worrying if the spouse or kids are happy, just that you are. (A bit selfish on my part? Absolutely!)
There are only two spots left on this inaugural culinary tour. I’d love for you to join me! Give us a call (206-317-1860) or Contact Us via email and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have!