NOLA: The Garden District
After our walking tour of the French Quarter we were tired, but still wanted to make it out to see the mansions in the Garden District. We decided to take the St. Charles Streetcar.
We were just about to buy our tickets when an older couple offered us their day passes since they were done for the day. Not that the streetcar cost a whole lot of money, but it was a nice surprise.
We noticed a lot of tourists as we waited to board the streetcar. I had started to think that this was not the actual means of public transportation as much as a tourist transportation.
It didn’t matter much, almost all of the windows were open and the breeze felt amazing after the trudging through the French Quarter.
The beads in all of the trees everywhere made me smile. Reminiscent of Mardi Gras.
The atmosphere changed pretty quickly with the neighborhood.
As did our fellow streetcar travelers. We found that the streetcar was indeed used often. Especially with school aged children. They’d pile in with their school uniforms and jump off a few stops afterwards.
Latter Branch Public Library
We also started to notice this balloon dog trend. We looked into it afterwards and found that they are raising money for the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, called Paws on Parade.
Bazooka Jeaux By Joan Berg Victor
The trees in this neighborhood are just amazing.
Carnival Canine – Artist: Paulette Lizano
We took the streetcar all the way to the end stop and turned right around to head back to the French Quarter.
Beware of Twisted Dog By Simon
Did you see the bird photo bomber in this one?
The Columns Hotel was designed by one of New Orleans’ great architects, Thomas Sully, is the only remaining example of a large group of Italianate houses that he designed in the late 1880’s.
Van Benthuysen-Elms mansion
Paw De Gras – Artist: John Lamouranne
Leaving the Garden District you can tell the change of buildings and neighborhoods.