After breakfast we set off on foot for the French Quarter, just a few hundred metres from where we were staying. It was really cold. Darlene was wearing my jacket before we even reached the French Quarter. We walked to Jackson Square and admired the local art adorning the fences of the park and snapped a few shots inside. The we walked on to a market where we spent an hour or two moving up and back every aisle. We purchased a few odds and ends. I bought a beanie to try and warm my ears.
After the market we walked up to Bourbon Street and along it into the heart of the entertainment district. We found a courtyard style outdoor restaurant with outdoor heaters (an essential item). When the waiter learned where we were from, the first thing he said was our website was broken. He is trying to get a visa to visit and work in Australia and apparently the site does not allow you to complete the web form. He claimed his local wage was $2 per hour and was looking forward to prospering on our wages.
Lunch was ok and we walked on after covering virtually all of the French Quarter. It changed several times as we crossed over into different districts including souvenir shopping, jewelery, restaurants & bars, red light and residential. On the way back to the hotel we tried unsuccessfully to find Darlene a nice coffee. We eventually got one downstairs in the bar at the hotel. The bartender was very talkative and kept us entertained with stories of local activities. Apparently we missed the local ladies that walk around without their clothes and pose for photos with people for money. All I can say is that in that cold weather they would have earned every cent.
We're back at the hotel now having walked over 10km. It's time to take it easy for a bit and re-charge the batteries before we head out again.