The Garden District [NOLA]

New Orleans Itinerary:

  • Eat…a lot.
  • Drink.
  • Bourbon Street
  • Ride St. Charles Streetcar
  • Eat.
  • Cafe du Monde
  • See Garden District
  • Wander French Quarter
  • Listen to jazz
  • See a cemetery
  • Plantation or swamp tour

For Andy’s sake, I sort of feel bad about not being able to go gator huntin’ on a swamp tour, but I’m sure he loved gawking at houses in the Garden District so much he doesn’t really care.  At least that’s how I feel about it…
















Before our trip, I printed off this walking tour, gave it to the guide (Andy) and half listened while I became more and more mesmerized with each corner we turned. I could not get over how breathtaking these homes were! I mean… people actually live here?!

The best part of our little walking tour was that it ended in Lafayette Cemetery.  I know a cemetery as a tourist attraction sounds a bit questionable, but the cemeteries in NOLA aren’t the ones most of us are used to seeing every day.  The city of New Orleans was built on a swamp so early settlers frequently had problems with floating caskets (awkward..).  Eventually the city adopted the Spanish custom of using above ground “vaults” and viola!  Problem solved.  The tombs are so enormous the cemeteries got the nickname “Cities of the Dead.” I guess it could be kind of creepy at night, but during the day…


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