The breeze moves with an angel’s breath this morning. It’s another day in New Orleans. The crows are squawking in the oak trees and the blue jays are screeching in the oleander. The sun has cast its rosy tint on the shotgun houses in Tremé and on Bayou St. John, and on the stately homes along Esplanade Avenue. It’s wonderful here.
When was the last time you daydreamed about New Orleans? You should do it more often.
A few hours ago I heard a brass band going at it a few blocks away. They must have been on Claiborne Avenue. Claiborne Avenue is about six blocks away from La Belle Esplanade. How could I have it heard the tubas and the horns and the drums from that far? That’s why I think they were on Claiborne. Interstate 10, the highway, runs elevated over the Claiborne neutral ground. It’s ugly but the acoustics under there are incredible. When a brass band plays under the highway, it’s total surround sound like nothing you’ve ever experienced. That’s real New Orleans.
The Saints (that’s our football team) lost today in the last game of this year’s season. It wasn’t even close. Frau Schmitt and I were at the Super Dome. Frau Schmitt is the better half of this operation; I’m just the face of La Belle here on the internet. A friend of mine gave me the tickets for the game. I don’t follow any sport, least of all professional football, but it was an experience. Every day in New Orleans is an experience—an experience that will make good memories that will last a lifetime. Today was one of those days.
A new day beckons tomorrow, fertile ground for new good memories to be planted and grow. A New Year is right around the corner. In 2019 New Orleans will be 301 years old. Happy Birthday! I don’t want to live in a world without New Orleans in it. Do you?
The sun comes up. The sun goes down. Stars shine at night. Babies are born. People die. Life goes on. Every New Orleans moment is pregnant with benefits and blessings. Make those possibilities yours while you are here. There is no such thing as a dull New Orleans day. Every minute in New Orleans is ripe and plump with small epiphanies and moments that make everyone smile. There is magic in the air here. Angels whisper through the flowers and the leaves.
Welcome to The New Orleans State of Mind. It’s another day in New Orleans. Thank Heaven for that.
EVERY DAY IS ANOTHER DAY IN NEW ORLEANS.
Every day is another good day in New Orleans. You’ll see. If you haven’t been to New Orleans yet, you should. You should do it in 2019. You should do it in 2020. You get use your better intuition and get your good self down here. Treat yourself to five nights in “America’s Most Interesting City.”
La Belle Esplanade is a small craft hotel. We only have five suites. 17.5 million people visited New Orleans last year. We only have five suites. We only have five suites. Plan ahead and get your good self down here. Only a lucky few can stay at La Belle Esplanade. Think it over. Daydream about it. New Orleans is even better firsthand than in your imagination. You’ll see.
Have a great New Orleans day, today, wherever you happen to be. We look forward to meeting you and sharing the authentic New Orleans with you. It’s magical in our part of the city. You’ll see.
-La Belle Esplanade.
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Sunday, December 30, 2018: There are plenty of places where you can stay in New Orleans. If you are interested in the real New Orleans that is off the usual tourist radar, we hope you’ll consider La Belle Esplanade. We are very proud of what we have made here on our beautiful street in our very interesting neighborhood. La Belle Esplanade is not for everyone. If you want to have a homogenized, predictable stay, get pass-out drunk on Bourbon Street, and have powdered eggs and bacon out of a chafing dish, La Belle Esplanade may not be for you. Poke around our website and see what you think. If you think La Belle will be a good fit for you expectations, here is a link to our calendar. Plug in your dates and see what we have available. Plan ahead. We only have five suites. Genuine New Orleanianauts are always welcome. You have two friends on Esplanade Avenue.
We have a vision: