New Orleans is the Best Place on Earth

We’re going to take a short break from our ongoing series of discussing hotel accomodations in New Orleans.  Enough is enough, already.  Don’t worry, though.  We’ll be back on topic with a vengence soon enough.  Instead, let’s take a moment to ponder why New Orleans is the best place on earth.

Selection of hot sauce at Katie's on the corner of N. Telemachus St. and Iberville St., New Orleans
Selection of hot sauce at Katie’s on the corner of N. Telemachus St. and Iberville St., New Orleans

 

When you live in New Orleans, you forget that things happen in the rest of the world.  You forget what the rest of the world is like.  New Orleans is an island, a semi-mythical waystation where worries are forgotten and troubles suddenly disappear under a patter of sunshine rain.  New Orleans is one place that Care forgot to visit often enough that the people who live here forgot what worry is.  When you live in New Orleans, every day is charmed and charming, full of surprises, full of delights, full of the stuff that makes life worth living, and memorable, too.

 

Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, 18th Baron of Dunsany
Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, 18th Baron of Dunsany

 

If you don’t know who Lord Dunsany is, let me introduce you.  Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett (1878-1957) was the18th Baron of Dunsany.  He was many things over the course of his years, but, foremost, he was a dreamer.  He wrote down his dreams and published them.  He was quite well known in his time though, today, only a few antiquarians and wistful knotheads know who he was.  He was never in New Orleans, as far as I can tell, but reading his stories is like spending a day and a night in this magical city Frau Schmitt and I call home.

You can lose your bearings in New Orleans.  New Orleans is a world apart where normal rules don’t really hold sway.  Rules are observed, but at a distance, at arm’s length, like sipping from a cup that is never half full nor half empty, either.  New Orleans casts a hypnotic spell.

Now, if you spend all your time in the French Quarter, you may fall under that spell.  Whether it’s New Orleans that did it or the fact that you drank three Hand Grenades, is a matter of speculation.  If you spend all your time in the French Quarter, you’ll see one side of New Orleans, but there are more sides—-there are many, many, many more.  New Orleans is a kaleidoscope of a city.  You never know what you’ll find when you turn a corner.

Visit New Orleans once and you’ll never forget it.  Good memories are made in New Orleans, especially on Esplanade Avenue, where our inn happens to be located.  Good memories are made all over the city, not just where people visit, but also where the people who live here make their homes.  Good memories are especially made in the neighborhoods where people lay their heads on their pillows in New Orleans.  The people who live in its neighborhoods make this city so special and so resiliant, so vibrant, so effervescent.  New Orleans is like no place else on earth.  New Orleans is the best place on earth.

Gallier Hall, New Orleans' old city hall
Gallier Hall, New Orleans’ old city hall

 

Cut a New Orleanian and you’ll draw blood.  It’s a fleshy city, one made up of passions and perils and adventures and good times.  Laughter and greetings echo along the city’s shaded streets, between the shotgun houses that abut the banquettes and between the manicured riverside Uptown lawns.  The live oaks and the crepe myrtles wave in the breeze and their leaves whisper secrets that promise more enticements to come after the sun finally sets.  The air will grow cooler but the humidity never goes away.  The atmosphere stays charged electric, even at rest.

If New Orleans is beautiful during the day, it is even more enchanting at night.  New Orleans begiles.  New Orleans is bewitching.  New Orleans is the best place on earth.  You don’t beleive me?  Ask a New Orleanian.  He or she will tell you exactly what I’m telling you here.  New Orleans is the best place on earth.  There is nothing worth eating anywhere else.

If you don’t fall in love with New Orleans, you must have a stone for a heart.  If you don’t want to visit New Orleans, you must have rocks in your head.  For some people, New Orleans has a hedonistic reputation.  Some of that is earned.  It is also a sanctified city, a holy place, a city where angels dare to tread and they feel not afraid.  Angels are fortified by New Orleans air.

When are you going to visit New Orleans?  If you haven’t already been, when are you going to visit New Orleans?  If you’ve already been here once, what’s keeping you from coming back?  New Orleans is more than Bourbon Street.  It is more than you read in the guidebooks and more than what you see in the movies.  New Orleans is more than the tourism industry’s commercials and magazine articles lead you to believe.  New Orleans is like nowhere else.  Find yourself in New Orleans and you’ll find yourself at home.

Home is where the heart is.

Your humble narrator hamming it up.
Your humble narrator hamming it up on our front porch

 

We operate a small boutique experience inn on Esplanade Avenue in New Orleans, LA.  You’re on our website now.  Come visit us.  We’ll show you more than one side of the city than you ever imagined was here.  New Orleans confounds expectations.  It exceeds expectations and grants wishes that people hide in the innermost recesses of their hearts.  Love makes New Orleans go round.

À votre santé,

La Belle Esplanade

…where every morning is a curated breakfast salon of fresh foods and fresher conversations.

August 15, 2016:  Every day is as good as a holiday in New Orleans.  Every day is a holiday in New Orleans.