Ed & Marilyn 'The Happy Wanderers' travel blog


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The aftermath

It felt a bit brisk when we got out of bed this morning. I suspect that it was in the upper fifties in the RV but don’t know for sure. In any case, the furnace and fireplace had things toasty in a very short time.

We sat together with coffee, the fireplace and soft music, but once the coffee was finished off we began to get ready for a day in New Orleans.

Six couples going in three vehicles to the Canal Street Ferry across the Mississippi, to the River Walk area right downtown in New Orleans.

Thanks to me putting the incorrect name of the ferry into the GPS, Don’s car followed us for a nice half hour extra tour of some very nice neighborhoods before we reached the ferry.

Roger drove another car and went direct to the proper place, so we didn’t see them until later.

We arrived at the correct ferry dock just as the ferry pulled away, so we had to wait for an hour until the ferry returned for us.

We ran into our friends as we walked up to the Café du Monde, near Jackson Square.

We waited in line to get two tables and then enjoyed the beignets and café latte.

We then walked down the street listening to the various types of music from live groups performing all over the place. From one man with a trumpet and a good voice, singing gospel music, to Dixieland jazz, to blues and country. They had it all!

After walking enough to work up an appetite again we stood in line at the Central Grocery for the Italian Muffaletta.

We took our sandwich across the street to a small park and sat on benches to eat lunch. Small portions of the bread were shared with the pigeons.

We visited the St Louis Cathedral and Jackson Square before taking a walking tour of Bourbon Street with Rick & Sherry.

My My, the things you can see here!

Back at the water front we sat together sharing fried crawfish, an alligator sausage Po’Boy, and some cold beer.

When we boarded the ferry for the ride back across the river we saw our RV friends already on board.

That was the signal to make plans for dinner together, so once again all six couples will be having a good time together.

I have lots of pictures to share with you but they will have to wait until we can get a more reliable Wi-Fi connection.

I hope to get this posted after we return from dinner tonight.

The whole gang met at “Perino’s Boiling Pot” for a seafood dinner.


Crabs, Shrimp, Oysters on the half shell, and whatever else we wanted, was served and it was all delicious.

As the saying goes…..”I can’t believe I ate the whole thing”.

Of course I can claim that I ate oysters on the half shell for our friend, Gilbert, who lives in Canada, and I may equally claim that I ate the crabs for my brother, Bill, who shared some wonderful steamed crab meals with us. We love having a great meal which triggers pleasant memories.

Fully stuffed, we are back at the RV.

All I can say about today is that……………….Life is Good!

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