2. The adjacent Uptown residential neighborhood is home to Tulane and Loyola Universities. I love walking under the live oak trees, their limbs creating a cooling canopy over the street. I’ve set several short stories in the area. I photograph the architectural features of nineteenth century houses and gardens to use as visual prompts. The pink and red crepe myrtle trees are in full, opulent bloom, with flowering mandevilla vines twining over the wrought iron fences.
3. The Garden District offers grand nineteenth-century houses on tree-shaded streets. Lafayette Cemetery is a favorite of mine. I read the tomb inscriptions, ponder the history of the city, and wonder about the people buried there. The area is a few blocks from the St. Charles streetcar.
Margaret S. Hamilton has published cozy mystery stories in Kings River Life and stories about New Orleans in the Darkhouse Destination: Mystery! Anthology and as a runner-up in the Southern Writers Magazine September 2016 story issue.