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Explore the Garden district
Cross Canal street and take the trolley to the Garden District. There are plenty of beautiful homes in this area to keep you wishing for one of your own.
Stroll through Magazine Street on your way back to the French Quater. There are plenty of restaurants and shops that are patronized by the locals.
The Garden District
The St. Charles Streetcar Line takes you to the Garden District. The distrcit is located from Magazine Street to St. Charles Avenue and from Jackson Avenue to Louisiana Avenue. There are several excellent but expensive restaurants in this district along with some less expensive coffee shops. The Garden District is also home to one of my favorite authors Anne Rice. Her vampire novels use many New Orleans settings.
When the city became part of the USA, many anglo-saxon 'americans' came to get a share of the wealth. They managed to do so with cotton, sugar and shipping. But the creoles from the french quarter never excepeted them socially. That is why they started a new neighbourhood in 1832, with elegant gardens to show off their richness.
In the garden district are some of the finest houses of New Orleans. Lots of ironworks in them. Some still have the authentic gaslamps burning on their porches.
The district is called garden district because there is much green around. Huge trees, but also lovely private gardens.
It was developed mainly between 1840 and 1900.
Saint Charles Street houses
Driving down St. Charles is, to me, one of the most enjoyable parts about being in New Orleans.I've spent a lot of time there over the last four years and I must say it is one part of your trip that you just can't miss.
The Houses of St Charles Avenue
Houses along St. Charles range from the average to the sublime. Some are very old Antebellum houses (like Civil War Plantatation homes), some have been renovated, and some are brand new. All are very easily seen from the streetcar that runs St. Charles' entire length. At $1.25 for the ride, I'd say that its a pretty good bargain. For those of you staying in the quarter, just get to Canal street and follow the tracks until you see a little yellow sign which indicates a stop on the ride. If you are staying uptown, then this is the best way to get to all of the action of the Quarter, Jackson Square, Riverwalk mall, Flea Market, etc. Its super cheap and means you can avoid driving in New Orleans, which believe me, you want to do at all costs! And for those of you who "partake", it means that you don't have to drive while trying to sober up from a Pat O's hurricane!
The Garden District is a welcoming neighborhood just a short ride away from the Quarter. Get off the St. Charles Streetcar at stop 14, which is First Avenue and walk down toward the river. This area is full of historic mansions including the home of the famous author, Anne Rice (First and Chestnut) and the Payne-Strahan House where the President of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis died in 1889 (First and Camp). Once you get to Magazine Street you can either head back toward St. Charles Street and catch the streetcar or you can hop on a bus on Magazine Street.
The Garden District.
Like the French Quarter, this is a National Historic District, where architectural preservation ordinances prevent would-be developers from fiddling with its period character. The free guided National Park Service 'Faubourg Promenade' provides an overview of the Garden District, but it's more fun to explore it on your own - especially since it's an ideal zone for bicycling.
Aside from the eerie splendor of Spanish moss and the tranquil allure of the Georgian manors, other key attractions of the district are the Audubon Zoological Gardens, one of the country's richest collections of exotic wildlife; Tulane University, with repositories specializing in African-American history and New Orleans' jazz legacy; and Lafayette Cemetery No 1, where above-ground tombs let you ponder up close what makes Anne Rice's vampire novels seem so perfectly suited to their setting. The Garden District is 1.5 miles (2.5km) southwest of the French Quarter; the St Charles Ave Streetcar Line cuts right through its northern half.
Must take a tour of the Garden...
Must take a tour of the Garden district. The houses are amazing and the cemetaries are very interesting, it sounds a bit morbid but very cool!
This photo is of a fence surrounding one of the mansions in the Garden District, it is known as the corn fence, self explanatory I guess, what is amazing is the fence goes on for close to a block!
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