One day I decided to venture out of the French Quarter and spend most of the day at the famous Garden District. I thought a different scene would be a good idea especially in a nice sunny day. New Orleans was unusually warn in the beginning of October. I thought I’d take a walk around the Garden District and checkout the grand and houses this area is famous for.
To get there, I’ve decided to take a bus that passes by Magazine Street getting off at the corner of Jackson Street. From here, I headed west on Magazine Street. If you head east from Jackson Street, you will see shops and cafe on either side of the street. But I wanted to see where the locals live so I went west. There were not a lot of shops and cafes at the west of Magazine Street. Another reason why was I wanted to see Lafayette Cemetery No. 1, one of the oldest cemeteries in the city. It is also the oldest nonsectarian cemetery in New Orleans.
The homes at this part of the Garden District – at Magazine Street is different from what you see in guidebooks and postcards. Some are nice and well-maintained, others could use some work and attention. One the way to Lafayette Cemetery, I noticed the homes on Washington Street are picture-perfect. It looks like this is a more affluent part of town.
All in all, the Garden District is a quieter part of New Orleans. Even though there are buses and other vehicle traffic at Magazine Street and St. Charles Street, the area remained a quiet residential neighborhood with tree-lined streets locals can walk safely on a lazy afternoon. Real estate prices here could be high but it’s a good price to pay to live in a quiet neighborhood.