After spending the night in our haunted hotel room. We were anxious to finally get our tour of the Garden District. Many have asked what our unfinished business was in New Orleans from last year. Well, this is it.
The tour, of course,
Ed had been a huge Ann Rice fan when she was writing all her vampire novels. And has followed her son Christopher Rice through his writing career as well. Many of their novels are based in the New Orleans area and they lived in the Garden District.
|This was the home of Ann Rice during her vampire phase and where Cristopher grew up.|
I love architecture and thought the tour of the district would be a good addition to my knowledge of the building traditions around the country.
As I've learned, most people think that New Orleans is mostly influenced by the French. Since Creole is a derivative of French. And it was founded by the French and they do have the French Quarter, that is an easy assumption to make.
However, since the area was traded back and forth between the French and the Spanish and then purchased by the Americans in a little something called the Louisiana Purchase, there is a mix of all sorts of architecture.
The loophole that was found was that those rules did not apply to the Irish. When the potato famine was driving Irishmen to the new world, they were drawn to New Orleans with the promise of 3 meals and a roof over their heads if they would work for free. Well, the roof wasn't anything more than a shed in the backyard most of the time the meals might have been some scraps left over from the family that had brought them there.
With that in mind walking around the district, you couldn't help but think that most of it was built by those poor Irish immigrants.
The Garden District is a nice place for people who love the ambiance of New Orleans but don't want to live in the busy French Quarter.
But really, the Garden District and the French Quarter are the two areas that have not flooded with either Hurricane Katrina or the more recent Hurricane Isaac. The founders of the city never intended for people to live outside of those areas. How could they have known back then how many people would inhabit the world today. And how many people would love New Orleans so much that they'd want to call it home.
I'll leave you with this last home that is owned by Sandra Bullock. It was purchased right before her divorce from Jessy James and is currently being rented out to Leonardo DiCaprio while he is filming a movie in the New Orleans area.
I hope you have enjoyed this tour as much as we did.
Tomorrow, Lafayette Cemetery#1, the only city of the dead where Hollywood is allowed to film anymore and thus, I'm sure you might recognize something there.