Those who have a passion for architecture and/or photography will find an ample feast of both in New Orleans. The city, while nicknamed a “melting pot” for its many cultures of people, also has a wide array of homes and colors.
The ornate glass doors of St. Charles Avenue Uptown, the Victorian Plantation homes in the Garden District, the shotgun houses with gingerbread trim in Mid-City—all give New Orleans her beauty.
My personal favorite area is Mid-City, located near City Park and Bayou St. John. Cemeteries are scattered throughout the area, almost creating a border around these eclectic neighborhoods. Shotgun houses with wide steps approaching the front door line both sides of the street. The houses are in every color from mauve to sage to dusty-blue. Front porches are decorated with dangling ferns and potted flowers.
The Garden District is another area for beautiful Plantation homes and ornate black-iron fences. One note of caution, however. Make sure you remain in your car. Do not walk the Garden District streets to gaze at the gorgeous homes. Tourists are often unaware that this area boasts one of the highest mugging rates.
You may notice the Fleur de Lis (pronounced Flerr da Lee) symbol onthe sides of buildings, too, or perhaps painted on walls. While originally known as the icon for the New Orleans Saints football team, the Fleur de Lis has, over time, become a symbol of resilience. A visible means of surviving any hurricane or disaster which might affect New Orleans. Tourists can easily find this iconic symbol being sold on t-shirts, as earrings, bracelets, etc.
Elaine Calloway grew up in New Orleans and can still do a decent Cajun accent on request. She writes paranormal romance and fantasy, setting these stories in iconic cities such as New Orleans. Book One of her Elemental Series will be out on 2/1/2013. Visit her website, www.elainecalloway.com, for more information.