Today is a new day. It’s a new day in New Orleans. The sun is peeking up over the west bank of the Mississippi River. The sun rises in the east, but directions are meaningless in New Orleans. New Orleans lives in its own dimension.
The skyscrapers in the Central Business District are glinting in dawn’s early light. There is a rustle and stir in the air as people get out of their beds. Morning in New Orleans is pregnant with possibilities of the adventures yet to come during the next 24 hours. Welcome to New Orleans, where life, glorious life!, unfolds at its own unhurried pace. Good things happen every new day in New Orleans. Come see for yourself.
Happy Mardi Gras!
We’re in the thick of Mardi Gras season now. The other morning, one of our guests took the picture above of your humble narrator. Yes, this is what I look like. Now you know. Happy Mardi Gras to one and all! It is very, very good to be able to live in New Orleans year-round. I often feel like I’m the luckiest man on earth. The fact that I live in New Orleans contributes to my spirit-permeating and spirit-nourishing sense of overall gratitude.
The other day, I spied an alligator sunning itself on a log in City Park. This wasn’t the part of City Park where our guests usually visit. It wasn’t in the part of the park where I was attacked by that alligator last summer. It was further in the back of the park, in a very forested area, around Scout Island, near where I saw the skunk ape. In fact, the alligator was sunning himself on a log just off the shore of Scout Island. It’s warm enough now, at the end of February, that the alligators are out and about, warming themselves in the summer sunshine. The alligator was kept company by a whole line of turtles along the rest of the length of the log. Happy Mardi Gras! It’s a new day in New Orleans!
We live in a real city, a completely manmade environment, but nature is all around us here in New Orleans. I saw the alligator when I was walking our dog in City Park, in the wildest and most remote part of City Park, in fact.
After the dog and I had completed our business at the park, we returned to home base on Esplanade Avenue. Here’s what I saw upon arrival:
Let’s zoom out for some context:
Let’s zoom out further still to get a gander at the most colorful house on Esplanade Avenue, La Belle Esplanade, where you should seriously consider staying if you are seriously considering visiting New Orleans. Click the “Check Availability” button in the upper right corner of this screen. Where was that white moth, exactly? In the 2200 block of Esplanade Avenue in New Orleans, LA, where all smart travelers stay.
New Orleans is full of little details. Pay too much attention and they’ll overwhelm you. Pay too little attention and you’ll miss the magic that weaves this wonderful city together into a holistic and richly textured whole. Angels dwell in New Orleans details.
À votre santé,
La Belle Esplanade
…where every morning starts with a curated breakfast salon.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017: It’s the last weekend of Mardi Gras season. Big parades every day from now until Ash Wednesday. It’s 75 degrees at the end of February. No offense, but I’m willing to bet good money that it’s nicer in New Orleans today than wherever you may be reading this. Any takers?