Mardi Gras is a major reason people visit New Orleans. The French Quarter is also an area that attracts many tourists. Neither Mardi Gras nor the French Quarter attracted me to New Orleans. I actually preferred to stay away from the French Quarter and the people hanging out there. Mardi Gras is not something that speaks to me. I decided to visit New Orleans this past February when I was looking for someplace not-too-freezing to visit for a short winter break.
Since New Orleans is in the South, the weather wasn’t hot but mild. We didn’t need coats, just sweaters, at most. We enjoyed the nature found in New Orleans. The swamp was interesting to visit. The Mississippi River runs through the NOLA. We skipped the boat ride on the river due to COVID guidelines which we were not able to follow in time. City Park was definitely a favorite and the WWII Museum is fascinating.
Chabad has a daily minyan. There are two Chabad shuls. One is used for shachris while the other used for mincha/Maariv. The 2 locations are not especially close to each other. This is something to take into account when planning where to stay.
Kosher Cajun is a Kosher restaurant with a good hechsher. We enjoyed dinner there one evening. Kosher Cajun also has a grocery store fully stocked with baked goods, kosher frozen, refrigerated and dry foods. Judaica can also be purchased there.
Posted: July 10, 2022
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