|After our free hot breakfast at the Best Western, and waiting for rush hour to be done, we headed by cab for the Hilton on St Charles Street, just outside of the French Quarter. Nice hotel, nothing fancy. We were luck as our room was ready a little before 10. We headed for the River Walk area to check out where the cruise will begin. We ealked through a nice outlet mall, the Riverwalk Outlet Center. We didn't shop but this is where you go to get to the cruise port. The Mississippi River was busy with lots of boats and barges. The depth is about 200 feet, and we learned that the river is several feet higher than the city. We continued down the Riverwalk and then went through the outside French Market. The French Market is the oldest public market in the US. Our cab driver told us we could hear jazz on Frenchmen Street so we checked that out. We just did a few streets in the Quarter this morning, including Decatur, Bourbon, and Royal. The buildings are so unique. Many of them have balconies, as well as galleries, which are just wider balconies with supports that go over the sidewalks. Was it ever busy! There's an NFL playoff game Sunday at the Superdome, so the city is busy. The Superdome is 9 city blocks from our hotel. I think it was way busier than when we were here a few years ago the week before Mardi Gras! The nice thing is that everyone is happy, so it's a nice crowd. We did lunch at Cafe Maspero as recommended by our daughter-in-law. Turns out, we ate here last time we were here. Both of us had the Alligator sausage po boy, and they were delicious. We checked out Cafe du Monde on Bourbon Street where we will go for breakfast in the morning, and have the famous beignets. We came back to rest after walking 17,869 steps which my fitbit says is 7.55 miles. Later, we walked back out and picked up some wine for the cruise, and grabbed some Popeyes Chicken for our dinner. The crowds were even larger them. On our way back to the hotel, church bells were playing, When the Saints go Marching in… 20,117 steps, 8.52 miles. Fun day!