Exploring: New Orleans – The Garden District

It’s been so cold around here lately, I thought we could head back to a time when there was bright blue skies, very warm temperatures and a need to cool down with 32 oz of frozen cocktail! Yep, we’re heading back to my birthday trip to New Orleans back in June of last year.

Exploring New Orleans

We maybe didn’t pick the best time of day to take a stroll around the Garden District of the city. If you were playing spot the Europeans heading out into the midday sun you would have hit the jackpot with us two! Yep, despite having a guide book that suggested you miss the midday sun, we strolled straight into it!

This area of the city is just beautiful and definitely a spot not to be missed. The Garden District is the area of New Orleans where wealthy newcomers built their majestic homes in the 19th century. It’s the perfect area fir architecture buffs and gardeners with some extremely grand, beautiful and pretty homes, including a lot of Greek Revival mansions.

We hopped on the famous NoLa streetcar and followed the guidebook for this one, starting off on Washington Avenue before turning onto Prytania Street, taking in First Street then doubling back on ourselves and ending up on Coliseum Street and believe me, we passed some spectacular houses – I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves!

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This area of the city is popular with celebrities too. Whilst taking a stroll you can walk by the houses of Sandra Bullock, John Goodman, Nicolas Cage and Eli and Peyton Manning to name just a few! There’s been a few movies filmed here including the Curious Case of Benjamin Button with the nearby Lafayette Cemetery featured in Interview with a Vampire. There was so little space in the cemetery that bodies were buried in tombs, some of which can have over 20 bodies in them like the one below.

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Thankfully, the Garden District didn’t do too badly when Hurricane Katrina hit. It’s on high ground so escaped most of the major flooding, most houses were hit with wind damage instead but 100% of residents returned to the area after the storm.

Once you’ve taken in the houses, make sure you head down Magazine Street, it’s definitely worth a look with a number of trendy shops and bars to stop in and cool down with a cold refreshing beer! Not forgetting Stein’s Deli (you can read more about that here)– the best spot for a sandwich in NoLa!

Have you been to the Garden District? Which was your favorite house?

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