This morning I visited a few museums surrounding Jackson Square. The first and most interesting of the three museums was the Cabildo.
The Cabildo had a variety of different exhibitions on the history of the building, the family who owned it and Jean LaFitte, who was essentially a pirate who assisted the Andrew Jackson during the War of 1812.
After the Cabildo I visited the Presbytère which was on the other side of the St. Louis Cathedral, which unfortunately wasn’t open.
The bottom floor of the Presbytère had exhibits on the Hurricane Katrina that caused significant flooding. They had exhibits on the flawed levee designs with explanations on why they failed and how they should have been designed. The upstairs had a large section on Mardi Gras balls, festivals and other history of the celebrations.
After the Presbytère I went to Central Grocery for lunch.
I had a few friends recommend this place, so I had to try it. The Muffuletta is a sandwich with meat, cheese and olive salad. The picture is of “half” a sandwich. A quarter was enough to feed me for lunch. Go to their website to learn more, but if you want one they are not open at dinner time.
After lunch at Central Grocery I visited the third museum, the 1850 House. It was essentially a townhouse restored with furnishings from the 1850’s – but not from any one specific family. It was interesting, but nothing too spectacular. Luckily when you purchase multiple museum admissions you get a 20% discount.
After the 1850 House I went to Cafe du Monde for some of their famous (and messy) Beignets. It was good to sit down for a few minutes.
I took another stroll along the mighty Mississippi River.
For dinner I ate at the Gumbo Shop. Apparently I was too hungry to take pictures of dinner, but I did take a picture of the bread pudding I had for dessert. For dinner I tried the macque choux Corn, chicken and andouille sausage gumbo, jambalya, and crawfish etoufee (they had small portions available).
After dinner I walked along the Mississippi River once again. There is a nice Holocaust Memorial which was made by Yaacov Agam. As you move around the art the image changes.