New Orleans, USA - #AtoZtravel

Saturday, November 15, 2014

After finishing my university degree I 'spread my wings' and headed to the United States for a taste of what the big U S of A had to offer. It was an an amazing six months of solo travel, and I fell head over heels for American culture and way of life.

However, all good visas have to come to an end, and before I was dragged kicking and screaming out of the country I embarked on one final road trip that took me all the way to New Orleans...

Garden District - New Orleans 2005
Garden District - New Orleans 2005

It was Spring 2005 and I explored all the touristy nooks and crannies New Orleans had to offer just a few months before the devastating Hurricane Katrina arrived in late August that same year. 

The neighbourhood in New Orleans that really stood out to me? The beautiful Garden District - a wealthy neighbourhood that developed during the nineteenth century as a place where well-off Americans (who did not want to live in the French Quarter with the Creoles) built their mansions... 

Garden District - New Orleans 2005

One must-see house in the Garden District is the Joseph Carroll House – 1315 First Street. The house was built in 1869, in cast-iron Italianate style. Mark Twain was among the guests who partied hard at the many lavish parties held here...

Joseph Carroll House in the Garden District - New Orleans 2005
Joseph Carroll House in the Garden District - New Orleans 2005

To this day the Garden District is still considered one of the best preserved collections of historic southern mansions in the United States.

This November I'm blogging every day in a A to Z travel challenge, where I'll share some of the amazing but more obscure places I've travelled to in the world as I make my way through the alphabet. 

If you'd like to join me on this travel blogging challenge please do. I'd love to hear about some of your favourite travel destinations. Tweet using #AtoZtravel and I'll retweet you, or just share your posts in my comment feed. Enjoy and Happy #AtoZtravel November!

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  1. You've been everywhere! New Orleans calls to my travelling soul for some reason - blues and gumbo with a cheeky side festival...

    1. I wish Emma. My travel wish list is about a mile long and growing... New Orleans is most definitely one of a kind so get your blues, travelling soul over there :)