On my first full day in New Orleans, I woke up hella early and walked from the Warehouse District to the Bywater neighborhood. This is normally like an hour walk without any distractions, but I think it took me around 3 to finish the whole trek. There is a lot of sightseeing in New Orleans, and this walk covered a lot of the tourist attractions.
The Bywater is in the Ninth Ward but sits along a natural levee so it wasn’t affected by Hurricane Katrina nearly as much as the rest of the Ninth. It is also home to the Bywater Historic District, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It’s a beautiful neighborhood, and worth the walk on a hot day. At least at the end of your walking tour you can treat yourself to Bacchanal Wine (more on that later). For now, here’s some New Orleans eye candy.
I walked through the French Quarter on my way to the Bywater, and I was amazed at how colorful the neighborhood was. Granted it was 7:30am on a Wednesday and they were street cleaning as I walked through, but it wasn’t what I expected. The pinks, the greens, even the run down houses were pretty!
You know right away once you enter the Bywater. The neighborhood doesn’t feel as touristy, and there’s a bit more authenticity and character to the houses.
If you’re looking to recreate this walk, or see some of these specific houses, aim for Dauphine and St. Ferdinand Street.
Pretty, right? I can’t properly describe the beauty of this city. Go, enjoy the food and drinks, but please, make sure you look around once in a while.