Fifteen eighth graders recently traveled to New Orleans with their French teachers Carly Ruder and Jody Christophe to learn about the history and culture of the uniquely multilingual and cross-cultural city. Via bike, bus, and walking tours, they explored the French quarter, Jackson Square, Barataria Preserve, and Magazine street, taking in the architecture and learning the significance of these historical sites. They also took time to appreciate the works at the New Orleans Museum of Art and have some close encounters with sea life at the Audubon Aquarium. Along the way, students tested their culinary skills with a cooking class that taught them how to make local fare like jambalaya and gumbo. Before heading back to Maryland, the group braved a ghost tour and enjoyed a stroll through Mardi Gras world.