Be Curious in New Orleans

It pays to be curious in New Orleans because this is a city of many, many layers.  It is a city of secrets, some of which are hidden out in the open.  Other secrets are buried deep in the mud and they only come to light after there is a heavy rain.

It rains every day during August in New Orleans, at least for twenty minutes, or so.  The sun shines every day in New Orleans, even when it’s raining.  Let a smile be your umbrella.



In New Orleans, you never know what you’ll find when you turn a corner.  There are over 7000 things to discover here.  Our city is a chiaroscuro of colorful characters and curious customs.  You can’t keep a good city down on its luck.  New Orleans is a city of mojo and charms.

The future of New Orleans is at La Belle Esplanade
It’s the orange house in the middle.


New Orleans can seem complex and confusing, a riddle disguised as a conundrum.  Come up with the right answer to the New Orleans question and you will be awarded a valuable prize.  Say the secret word in New Orleans and you’ll win more than a hundred dollars.  Be curious in New Orleans an you will get more than you bargain for.  This is a city built on lagniappe.

Curiosity killed the cat in New Orleans.  Satisfaction brought that cat back.  Nothing good stays dead for long in New Orleans.  What seems to be a parochial navel-gazing kind of a place is, in reality, a city with universal appeal.  Be curious in New Orleans.  Be satisfied in New Orleans.



To understand why so many lovers fall in love with New Orleans, stay at a small, five-suite, 5-star hotel outside the French Quarter.  Let two of New Orleans’ best goodwill ambassadors help you satisfy your curiosity about this wonderful city we call home.  Frau Schmitt, who is the better half of this operation, and I, your humble narrator, are happy to answer any question you may have and we are equally happy to recommend where to go, what to do, what to eat, and what to drink.  Visit New Orleans like a New Orleanian.

You don’t need us to send you to the French Quarter.  When you visit New Orleans, there is more than the tourist trap New Orleans.  Frau Schmitt and I love where we live.  You will, too.


Have breakfast with this man to learn New Orelans' secrets.
Your New Orleans goodwill ambassador at La Belle Esplanade: the #1 inn in New Orleans, the #3 inn in the U.S., the #17 inn in its class in the world.


The photo above was taken at Maypop, one of our favorite restaurants where southeast Louisiana cuisine meets southeast Asian cuisine.  The chef at Maypop is nominated for a third time for a James Beard award this year.  The third time is the charm.  It took us three years for us to be nominated for the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award before we won it.  Visit New Orleans like you belong here.  Get in on New Orleans’ secrets.  Be curious about New Orleans and you won’t leave disappointed.

À votre santé

La Belle Esplanade

…ranked the #1 inn in New Orleans and in Louisiana, the #3 inn in the U.S., the #17 place to stay in the whole world.

Sunday, February 25, 2018:  It’s a wonderful world. .


—–The people have spoken!