Bucket List Item # 24 Garden District
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Ahhhh the wondrous place that is the New Orleans garden district! Sadly, this is an old bucket list check and tracking down photos is a fair bit difficult, but I managed to dig up a few. Still, I think you will get the gist from the few that I do have.
I knew the garden district looked really lovely online and Dave and I had just finished the Coven series of American Horror story, so the area was fresh in our minds and we’d been talking about it a lot. (If you’d like to see Miss Robicheaux’s Academy from AHS for yourself the address is 1410 Jackson Ave. and is called the Buckner Mansion). We sort of moseyed from our hotel downtown over there, stopping and looking at things along the way. We ate, had coffee, stopped at a bourbon bar on the way back, etc. It was actually really far from our hotel. I think we ended up walking about 25,000 steps there and back without even noticing because it was just so beautiful. We even stumbled upon the place where American Horror story was filmed, so we were just over the moon.
The area is just beautiful. I’m a sucker for these sorts of southern and old-school neighborhoods because they’re still new to me. I’d never been to the south before this trip, so it was just magnificent to me. The architecture and the oak trees and this picturesque southern charm: it’s stuff books are made of. New Orleans in and of itself is a special city unlike any other. Of all the cities I’ve ever seen it has the most soul, like the city is a being with a personality and a voice. You can feel it in the streets. It’s like a soft hum and a beat. The explanation evades me, but the point is that New Orleans is alive, perhaps it’s more like a collective. For me the garden district feels like the devil in a city. It’s beautiful and enticing, but it sort of stinks of oppression. It’s one of the many personalities of the city and the way the different districts come together form a larger picture of this entity. Does that make any sense? Ha ha! Look, I don’t believe in ghosts or souls, but the feelings you get exploring New Orleans makes me wonder about an afterlife or another parallel plane of existance. I think everyone should have the city on their bucket list and you have to explore many neighborhoods while you’re there. Bourbon street is my favorite place (cliché as that may be), but the garden district is my second.