New Orleans Has a Conscience. Make It Yours.

Someone asked me the other day if I have a conscience.  Imagine that!  Everyone has a conscience, whether they listen to it or  not.  New Orleans has a conscience.

What you do with your conscience is none of my business.  I listen to mine.  As an unofficially appointed New Orleans goodwill ambassador, my conscience and I are on the best of terms, and my conscience is as persnickety and cajoling as Jiminy Cricket.  I’m no Pinocchio and I’m no fool.

Ask me for an honest opinion or a solid recommendation and you’ll only get the certifiable first-hand truth, not rumor or scandal.  My nose has never changed shape.  When I was younger, I wished it would but I’ve gotten used to it and I’ve been comfortable in my own skin for a long, long time, even longer than I’ve lived in New Orleans.  Living in New Orleans, in a New Orleans state of mind, has only made me feel even more comfortable.  There is no more satisfying feeling than being able to look one’s self in the eye in the mirror.  I love New Orleans and I love to share what I know about this wonderful city Frau Schmitt and I call home.




La Belle Esplanade has been ranked #1 on TripAdvisor for more than three-and-a-half years for good reasons.  Read our 488 reviews to find out how I, your humble narrator, and Frau Schmitt, who is the better half of this operation, have a conscience when it comes to introducing our city to guests who smartly choose to stay on this beautiful street we call home.  When you do what is right, and you do those things well, you’ll get the reputation you earn.  The Lonely Planet Guide isn’t lying about us either.  La Belle Esplanade gets its share of recognition as a premier New Orleans destination.  New Orleans has a conscience.


New Orleans has a conscience
King cake babies all aligned in a row up against a wall


Actions speak louder than words and a picture is worth more than ten pages of text.  New Orleans has a conscience.  New Orleans is a city built on mutual respect, if not mutual admiration.  In a New Orleans state of mind, there is room for everyone, all and sundry, jester, joker, buffoon, harlequin, fool.

As regular readers know, this blog sometimes takes a detour into destinations unknown.  That’s how you know this isn’t a blog that’s been squeezed out of a tube of Search-Engine-Optimized chum and pabulum, stuffed full of festival-oriented keywords and recipes to get eyes on our page.  If you’ve read this far, there must be something worth reading.  Maybe.  Maybe not.

I am your humble narrator, and I’m blessed to be that, and I’m just making this up as I go along.  Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll make a reservation to stay at our unique five-suite bespoke hotel, La Belle Esplanade.  You’re on the right website if you’re looking for an authentic New Orleans experience.  When you stay in New Orleans, you should do it like you mean it.

The only thing worse than a dead blog is a blog that comes out of a can.  This blog is the real deal, the way La Belle Esplanade is unlike any other hotel.  What you see is what you get, as is usually case when you take the time to scrutinize the evidence.  La Belle Esplanade is not like any other hotel you’ve ever stayed at in the best ways.  La Belle Esplanade is the real New Orleans, the New Orleans with a unstained and untrammeled conscience.

New Orleans has a conscience.  New Orleans is destination unknown, as this blog states at regular intervals accompanied by this video:


We usually only view this video annually, so it’s appearing very early in our perennial cycle this time.  The last time was just a few months ago, on June 26, 2017.  Don’t think we’re gonna wait until October next year to see it again.  That’s a June video.  We’re gonna watch it again next June, as predicable as the calendar.  For whatever reasons, I find this video oddly hypnotic.

New Orleans has a conscience.  It’s “woke.”  New Orleans’s conscience is so wide awake that New Orleans’ eyes are wide shut.  New Orleans’ conscience explores the ambivalence of a happy longstanding relationship between old and new while trying to equate the importance of dreams and might-have-beens with reality.  Howzat for pseudo-psychological gobbledygook?  You won’t find much talk like that in New Orleans.  Most people here are too busy enjoying the moment to waste a lot of time thinking deeply.  Laissez les bon temps rouler!

New Orleans has a conscience that is spicy and saucy and often hard to understand, but New Orleans’ conscience is what makes this city sing.  New Orleans has its sense of tradition.  New Orleans hugs to its traditions and ways of doing things.  But, New Orleans is not trapped immobile in amber.  New Orleans looks to the future.  It changes, year over year, year after year.  The French Quarter may look the same compared to the last time you visited, but New Orleans is a city on the move and on the make.  The past clings to New Orleans like mud on a joker’s shoes.  A joker is a wild card.  She’s also a source of scandal.  New Orleans has a conscience.

New Orleans has a conscience like a Mardi Gras king cake has a baby baked inside it.  Frau Schmitt and I were at Antoine’s recently where we saw a display of historic brittle king cake babies that would break a tooth when they were bitten.


New Orleans has a conscience
Not all babies are brittle porcelain in New Orleans. Nowadays, most of them are plastic.




The future is tomorrow.  What are you waiting for?  You should be planning your trip to New Orleans now.  New Orleans has a conscience and that conscience wishes you were here, playing your part in the opera that is New Orleans.  The future is tomorrow, but the future is also now.  Catch it while you can or get left behind.

Eyes Wide Shut wasn’t a great movie as far as I can remember it.  Full disclosure: I’m not the biggest Tom Cruise fan.  I can’t remember a movie he’s been in that I really enjoyed.  New Orleans, however, is a great city with a lot to offer to visitors, especially if they stay at La Belle Esplanade—you’re on our website for a reason, after all.  Good memories are made on our street.

You can guarantee a clean conscience when you choose to stay at La Belle Esplanade.  Nobody ever says their visit is too long.  It is always too short.  If you can take some extra time off work, extend your time in New Orleans.  You’ll feel better for it.

À votre santé,

La Belle Esplanade

a place unlike any other hotel you’ve ever stayed in.  Make your trip to New Orleans one for the history books.

Thursday, October 12, 2017:  Frau Schmitt and I went to a new Uptown restaurant today for the second time so that I could take some pictures and write it up in our occasional newsletter.  If you want to learn more, sign up at the bottom of this page to receive our irregularly scheduled newsletter.  I promise, on my conscience’s honor, that we won’t spam you with a bunch of nonsense and sales pitches.  Every few months, we have something to report about the New Orleans state of mind and we share it to our exclusive list of newsletter subscribers.  There is no hard sell at La Belle Esplanade, just useful information worth knowing if you are in this wonderful city we call home.   Cheerio!