The French Quarter was a short walk from our hotel, which is where we spent the entire day exploring.

While wandering the streets, we watched an amazing jazz musician playing her clarinet. It turns out her name is Doreen Ketchens and she is quite famous. I didn’t know that at the time, and I’m not a huge fan of jazz, but she was so good that I had to buy one of her albums she was selling.

We spent some time in St. Louis Cathedral, which was quite beautiful, before heading next door to The Presbytère. In this museum we learned about the disaster of Hurricane Katrina, then the happier topic of Mardi Gras.

After the museum, we hid out from the rain at Cafe Du Monde eating beignets, the famous pastry of the city. For dinner, we feasted on gumbo and shrimp po’boys at The Gumbo Shop.

To finish off the day, we drove along the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway Bridge, which is the longest bridge in the world.