Live long and prosper in New Orleans!

Do I Belong In New Orleans?

I got a letter in the mailbag today from a young lady.  I can’t tell you anything more about her identity than that.  Her letter was long and tear-stained.  At the end she asked me, “Do I belong in New Orleans?”

All that any one of us can do well is to do our little turn up on the catwalk.  We are all models.  New Orleans knows what I mean.  I think this young lady will know, too.

You know what I mean.  Be yourself in New Orleans and this wonderful city will treat you right.  How do I know?  I live here.  I see it happen every day.  Look at me.  New Orleans has been very good to me.

Your man in his headquarters
Your man in New Orleans.

I find myself blessed where I belong in New Orleans.  You belong here, too.  New Orleans is calling you.  You don’t have to move here, the way I did, but you do deserve yourself a decent visit.  Treat yourself right.  Invest five-seven night in New Orleans.  Answer New Orleans’ call.  You belong here.  Don’t stay awake all night, tossing and turning and turning and tossing, asking yourself, over and over and over again, “Do I belong in New Orleans?”  Listen to me.

You belong here:

You belong here
La Belle Esplanade.
Live long and prosper in New Orleans!
The Clio Suite balcony at La Belle Esplanade—the #1-ranked small B&B hotel in New Orleans since April 2014.

Good memories are made in New Orleans every day.  I know.  I live here.  I see it happen every day.  The best New Orleans memories start every day at La Belle Esplanade, the #1 small B&B hotel in New Orleans based on first hand experience.  How do I know?  Because I am a New Orleans goodwill ambassador and I run the place, along with Frau Schmitt (who is the better half of this operation).  Frau Schmitt is the nicest person you will ever meet.  Me?  A little goes a long way.

Your humble narrator
Your humble narrator


When you Visit New Orleans, you should visit like you belong here.  I know I say this all the time.  Regular readers, I really do appreciate you sticking with me all these years through thick and thin as I’ve tried to explain the New Orleans state of mind.  Thank you for sticking with me again, as I try to it one more time, and again, and again, and again…..  Time has no meaning in New Orleans.  Happiness doesn’t feel the need to check its phone in New Orleans.  Happiness is self-contained.

There is something about New Orleans that makes people appreciate where they’ve found themselves.  The happiest people find themselves at La Belle Esplanade.  You are on the right website.  You should follow us on Facebook to keep yourself in an authentic New Orleans state of mind before you get here, and, forever after that.  Grow where you are planted in New Orleans.  There is more to New Orleans than meets the eye.  New Orleans will set you thinking about what it’s all about.

There are no strangers in New Orleans.  There are only friends you are about to meet.  You never know who you will bump into when you turn a corner.  Everyone is a celebrity in New Orleans.  We are New Orleanians.  We belong here.


If I belong in New Orleans, you belong in New Orleans.  I cannot imagine a world without New Orleans in it.  The city was founded in 1718.  Before that it was all dark ages.   Either you get New Orleans or it gets you.  Stay here long enough and you’ll get it, you’ll get it bad.  Nobody ever says their visit to New Orleans is too long.  It is always too short.  Try living here.  You belong here.

When you stay in New Orleans, we hope you’ll consider La Belle Esplanade as the headquarters for your New Orleans adventures.  With only five suites, we tend to fill up early, so check our calendar and book as soon as you are sure of your dates!  La Belle Esplanade has been rated #1 on TripAdvisor with about 690 reviews, and we’ve been ranked the #2 B&B hotel in the United States, and #16 in the world.  Treat yourself right.  You deserve it.  You belong in New Orleans if I do, and I belong here.  Home is where the heart is.  You are welcome here.