There is a section of New Orleans that is definitely my favorite…the Garden District.
I found myself returning time and time again to the Garden District. To get lost in the gothic romanticism. The drama of the history. The architecture, the sweltering (already) summer heat, and the beauty. The homes and streets tell stories of Mark Twain and Degas. The blooms on every street can easily convince you that you’ve been transported in time. The trees are showing their age by uprooting the sidewalks right beneath your feet. It’s easy to get lost in time here.
The garden district is full of historic mansions that have a unique architectural nuance that is an amalgamation of many styles.
One feature that is prominent in much of the historic architecture around New Orleans is the wrought iron work that was handcrafted. This is especially true of the Garden District. We visited the Buckner Mansion, Anne Rice’s previous home, and several homes remarkable homes. We just happened to stumble upon so many while taking in all the beautiful buildings.
The stained glass in the windows was so reminiscent of a bygone era. It recalls memories of a jazz age that still lingers in the air. It’s a similar feeling to watching Midnight in Paris, but if you transported the entire film and story to New Orleans. One of the houses that we spotted was rumored to have hosted parties for the elite and intriguing of the early 20th century. I have a feeling there were more than just a few lavish parties thrown with many iconic people in attendance.
So if you’re in New Orleans do yourself a favor and make sure to visit the Garden District. Watch for my next post on a great and unique little donut shop in the Garden District you don’t want to miss!