Get your New Orleans groove on. You can stay in the French Quarter, at a chain hotel, or you can stay in a small personalized New Orleans hotel with only five spacious uniquely appointed suites. I’m not here to judge. Yours is not my New Orleans vacation. Every day brings a bright good New Orleans morning on Esplanade Avenue.
WELCOME TO A BRIGHT GOOD NEW ORLEANS MORNING.
If you like the aromas of piss, puke, spilled beer and mule manure, and other things, on Bourbon Street when you walk out your hotel’s front door, well, that’s not what I’m interested in. Maybe that’s your goal. Maybe that’s your game. Have at it.
Open your nostrils and take it all in. Touristy New Orleans is a grab bag of olfactory delights and experiences you’ll be happy to have forgotten once you have awakened after being pass-out drunk. There is a different and better part of New Orleans off the usual tourist radar.
FLARE YOUR NOSTRILS TO A GOOD NEW ORLEANS MORNING.
My part of New Orleans smells like gumbo and oleander. It smells like honeysuckle and fried green tomatoes. The part of New Orleans where I spend most of my time, which is off the usual touristy radar is delightful. My part of New Orleans smells like home, where you belong.
Make yourself at home in New Orleans. Visit like you belong in authentic New Orleans.
We live in the better part of New Orleans. Visit New Orleans, like a New Orleanian. Experience the real New Orleans like you live here. Except for the people who work in the bars, the restaurants, and in the hotels in the French Quarter, you won’t bump into a real New Orleanian. We live in a diverse and richly textured city outside the French Quarter.
You will meet plenty of colorful characters in New Orleans outside the French Quarter, off the tourist grid of wallet-sucking tourist traps.
A GOOD NEW ORLEANS MORNING WILL PUT SPRING IN YOUR STEP.
You will make friends in New Orleans. You will make good memories on Esplanade Avenue. Authentic New Orleans doesn’t come from out of a can. it isn’t squeezed from a tube. Every great day starts with a bright good New Orleans morning. Every great day ends with a bright good New Orleans night. Sleep the sleep of the contented. Stay outside the tourist grid.
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–La Belle Esplanade.
Sunday, April 8, 2018: Ralph’s-on-the-Park. Frau Schmitt and I enjoyed piano music and a lovely brunch amidst good company at at the end of our street today. Ralph’s-on-the-Park is becoming our Sunday tradition when our inn isn’t too busy, which means it is becoming an occasional tradition. Ralph’s will be offering Saturday brunch, too, we hear. À votre santé.