Sunday, March 22, 2015

Sunday Travel Photo #35: French Quarter, New Orleans

Jackson Square, New Orleans, Louisiana.  January 2014

Overview of French Quarter

The French Quarter is the oldest neighborhood in New Orleans, Louisiana. Most of the buildings here date as early as 1803. Some buildings were, however, added in the late 19th century and early 20th century. These buildings that carry historical value have been protected from demolition by the law. This was after 1921. Any renovations done to any of these buildings must be done in accordance to city’s regulations to preserve the historical architectural style. The whole city has been designated as National Historic Landmark in 21st December 1965. According to the 2010 census, there were 549 families residing in this neighborhood.

Top Attractions

Jackson Square
This is one of the top attractions in French Quarter. The square was named after the by then General Andrew Jackson- who later became president. This was after the 1815 battle of New Orleans. The statue of Jackson has been placed in the square.

Bourbon Street
There are many streets in French Quarter but the one that has proved to be popular of all is the bourbon street. The street is a well known tourist site with many drinking establishments.

There are various hotels and restaurants in the neighborhood that visitors can always pop into. These facilities still maintain the ancient history in them.  For a historic ambiance, just visit any of the hotels and restaurants in the French Quarter.

If you are coming from the airport, it is advised that you take a shuttle bus that will get you there directly. Once in the French Quarter, you can rent a bike to ride in the city.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Sunday Travel Photo #34: The Butchat Gardens

The Butchat Gardens August 2010

Overview of the Butchart Gardens

The Butchart Gardens is one of the most adorable places in the world, at least for garden lovers. This garden is in Brentwood Bay, British Columbia, Canada near Victoria. The garden has been a host to nearly a million visitors annually. The garden is recognized internationally and for that reason, Canadian authority has designated it as a National Historic site for the country. Robert Pim Butchart and his wife Jennie Butchart were the original owners of the garden. The garden was completed in 1921 and officially opened to visitors. Though it has been marked as an historic site of Canada, the management of this garden is in the hands of Butchart’s great-grand daughter, Robin-Lee Clarke. There have been many developments done to the garden including the recent opening of children’s pavilion and the Rose Carousel in 2009.

Top Attractions

Mrs. Butchart collected plants to fill the garden while Mr. Butchart on the other hand collected ornamental birds. These birds were collected from all over the world making the garden be full of ornamental bird species.

The garden is not just made up of plants; there are also statues that can be viewed in this garden. There are a good number of statues in there.

Flowers Garden
This is the top attraction in this garden. There are different types of flowers in the garden. The Butchart garden is opened till 10 pm hence one can have a romantic time in the garden at dusk.

How to get there

The garden can be accessed through route 81- BRENTWOOD/SWARTZ BAY/BUTCHART GARDENS. There are also various touring companies that can get you there.