April 25, 2011

New Orleans: The Garden District

This post continues our visit to New Orleans. Here are the posts related to our trip:

1) Wonderful Food and Restaurants
2) The French Quarter and Street Bands
3) The Garden District
4) Shopping, Books, and Miscellaneous
5) People and Animals

On our third day in New Orleans, we took a taxi from our hotel to the Garden District and embarked on a walking tour.

The area was originally developed between 1832 to 1900. It may be one of the best preserved collection of historic southern mansions in the United States. The 19th century origins of the Garden District illustrate wealthy newcomers building opulent structures based upon the prosperity of New Orleans in that era. (National Trust, 2006) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garden_District,_New_Orleans

The homes and yards were beautiful, and as a picture is worth a thousand words, I'll let them speak for themselves.

After our walking tour of the Garden District, we stopped in at the local bookstore located in "The Rink" and purchased some books, which I'll list in a future post.
Throughout the neighborhood are beautiful large oak trees and a wide variety of other plants and flowers. Many of the homes have ornate fences and metalwork on the balconies as well as beautiful columns and architectural details. I also loved looking at the paint colors; some houses had subtle variations of colors and others were very bold in their use of color. And everywhere, beautiful trees!


Glynis said...

Wonderful photographs of your trip. The French Quarter looks exciting. I love the buildings in this post. Thanks for sharing a fantastic place.

February Grace said...

Absolutely beautiful- like a city of dollhouses. So very lovely to look at, especially through your lens! :~)

Dina said...

Wow. Just wow. Were the homes truly close enough to see them all on a walk? Nice. Are those above-ground mausoleums in your last pic? Wonder what they're doing there and not in a graveyard. Huh. Did you tour the old graveyards of N.O.? I hear they're equally beautiful if a bit eery. But then I think of N.O. as eery anyway. Probably all that spanish moss dripping everywhere. Or Ann Rice!

Janice Phelps Williams said...

Dina, I am not able to walk very well right now, (some weird foot issue) so you know these were all near to each other. There was a "walking map" and we just went in a big square. It took about 1/2 and hour, 45 minutes ambling along, taking photos. When you get to the Garden District, there is The Rink, and in there is a bookstore and a coffee shop and they have maps I'm sure.

We did not tour the graveyards. This last photo was the cemetery in the Garden District and we just walked in, took a photo, and left. There was a funeral going on, I think. The tombs were really close together and I felt a bit claustrophobic. I wanted to focus on the beautiful homes and yards. NOLA isn't eerie. It is so beautiful and vibrant.

Lois said...

We took the St. Charles Streetcar (I call it "A Streetcar Named Desire") and did a walking tour of the Garden District. This roughly 5-by-10 block area of New Orleans feels very much like the Old South and very different than the French Quarter. The homes are so beautiful!

We had a wonderful tour guide, Joycelyn for Lafayette # 1 cemetery. She had so much history and stories to tell.

Did you eat at Commander’s Palace in the Garden District? We had a lovely dinner there in the Garden Room.

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