Garden District and Audubon Zoo
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February 25th, 2005 – by: mahoney
To describe the Garden District, I will quote Mark Twain: "These mansions stand in the center of large grounds and rise, garlanded with roses, out of the midst of swelling masses of shining green foliage and many-colored blossoms. No houses could well be in better harmony with their surroundings, or more pleasing to the eye."
Most of the homes were built between 1840 and 1900 and are well preserved. The Garden District runs from Magazine Street to St. Charles Avenue and from Jackson Avenue to Louisiana Avenue. It comprises one of the best-preserved collections of historic mansions in the South.
I walked through Audubon Park to get to the zoo.
Audubon Zoo is 58 acres of animals in their natural habitats. The zoo consistently ranks among this country’s best. There have been animals at this site since the 1884 World Exposition in Audubon Park. The one thing that amazed me was how you had the feeling of being very close to the animals. The layout of the zoo was very well thought out and walking around and exploring was very easy.
One of the more interesting animals on display was the Komodo dragon. The white Bengal tigers were also an extra treat. Much of the zoo dates from the early 20th century. The sea lion pool was constructed in 1928. Monkey Hill was built by Works Progress Administration workers to show the children of New Orleans what a hill looks like. At 28 feet, it’s the legendary “highest point in New Orleans."
Took the streetcar back to Canal Street and then walked to the hotel. Went to dinner with Sachie at Olivier's Restaurant. This came highly recommended and we were not disappointed.
After dinner we went to Bourbon Street for awhile then ended up at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Cafe, listened to Joe Bennett (he is very good!) and came home around 1:00AM.
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