Garden District, New Orleans
The St Charles Avenue trolley takes you from Canal St in the French Quarter across the uber scenic Garden District. We caught the trolley right across from our hotel, the Intercontinental. The trolley's are color coded - Green is for St. Charles; red is for the Canal line. The trolleys are about a 1940(?) vintage and lovingly restored. The seats are made of wood and the ride is a little harsh, but it will put a smile on your face like no other ride. Better yet, the huge windows open up! A big plus for those who bring cameras. Be sure to stop off at the Washington St. stop and head 1 block south to Lafayette Cemetery #1. I've read all sorts of stories about how unsafe the cemeteries can be, but this one is smack in the middle of an upscale neighborhood. Plenty of families looking around - especially at mid morning. Be sure to take the time to just walk around the neighborhood and marvel at all the houses - you'll figure out quickly enough why its called the Garden District.
Take the trolley well down into the Garden district. Try any of the many local bars and shops. The neighbordhood is walking friendly. My wife enjoyed her trip to a day spa in the area. There are great second hand shops and as stated in the title bars that will not be selling hurricanes in huge plastic cups. Instead you will find Abita and other local and small brews and people hanging out on tables chatting up a storm.
What can I say!? I'm partial to a campus visit here, since I'm a proud Tulane University graduate!
Tulane University is one of the country's leading private research institutions. Founded in 1834 in New Orleans, it's home to 11 schools and colleges offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees in architecture, business, engineering, law, liberal arts and sciences, medicine, public health and tropical medicine, and social work.
Other factoids of interest (or not!):
- Tulane University was named by Kaplan/Newsweek's college guide as one of the nine "Hot Schools" in the U.S. in 2003.
- According to U.S. News and World Report, Tulane University is among the top 50 national universities in the United States. In the magazine's annual rankings, published in fall 2003, Tulane ranked 44th in overall quality.
- U.S. News and World Report ranked the Law School 56th in the nation, with its environmental law program ranked fourth. The Law School is also included on a list of schools that have the most racially diverse student bodies.
- The Gourman Report of Undergraduate and Professional Programs in American and International Universities ranks Tulane's Latin American Studies program as second in the United States. (--MY MAJOR!!!)
- Tulane Law Schools is only 1 of 2 law schools in the United States that specializes in the Napoleanic Code.
Go to Igor's bar. It's on St. Charles in the Garden District next door to the Avenue Plaza Hotel.
Also, go to the bookstore in the Garden District. It has lots of cool books on N.O. and Anne Rice editions. It's in the old skating rink and located next to Anne Rice's store. There you can get your fill of vampire tourist junk that Anne is unloading.
There are restaurants galore on St. Charles Avenue. Expensive ones, down to sidewalk cafes. All are worth taking your time to sample their wares.
If you VT folks don't mind, I'm going to dedicate this page on St. Charles houses to DaKat. Enjoy DaKat.
I think people spend way to much time in the Quarter and really ought to take a walking tour of the Garden district. Also, take the street car to the end and eat down in Carrollton at Rick's Cafe. I like to have breakfast there. I always stay in the Garden district and VISIT the Quarter. Also, go to the zoo. Hang out in the park, enjoy the beautiful grand oaks.
Many old churches are located in the Carrollton area. The Notre Dame Seminary is a beautiful campus and people visit it's fountain and garden.
BEADS,BEADS , BEADS, THEY ARE EVERYWERE......