New Orleans on New Orleans’ Terms

New Orleans is a stylishly well-cut, multi-faceted jewel.  View it from a different angle and it will sparkle and gleam in a different way than you saw it before.  Ours is a city full of details.  Don’t get lost in the blur of what the tourism websites and travels writers make money trying to sell you.  Discover New Orleans on New Orleans’ terms.  You’ll experience a part of this magical city that most people don’t imagine is here.  Well, some people imagine it.  We live here.  You can, too, for as long as you choose to visit.  Make the headquarters of your New Orleans adventures on Esplanade Avenue.


New Orleans is beautiful
Trumpet flower tree in our back garden


Outside the French Quarter, which is about 300 years old, New Orleans looks younger than it is.  It’s a vibrant and spry city.  I wouldn’t say New Orleans is up-to-date.  Quite the opposite, I would say that New Orleans hews to its longstanding traditions and peculiar eccentricities.  If you want to know why Apple isn’t headquartered in New Orleans, spend a week here.  You’ll find out why.

Apple would do well to headquarter its global corporate headquarters in New Orleans, but it would have to live in New Orleans on New Orleans’ terms.  New Orleans is more about enjoying the moment than it is about planning for the future.  New Orleans is more about joie de vivre, than it is about changing the world.  When you live in New Orleans, you don’t want to change the world.  Your world is just fine.

New Orleans is more than fine.  Just ask your humble narrator.  I’m one half of the team of goodwill ambassadors who will induct you into the New Orleans state of mind if you choose to stay at La Belle Esplanade.  You can do a lot worse than being pals with this chap:


New Orleans on New Orleans's terms
Your humble narrator and man-about-New Orleans.


Criminey!  I’m starting to look old!  That gray beard doesn’t help.  Wouldja believe I’m only 35?!?

I’ve healed up nicely since my motor scooter accident 8 weeks ago.  My left eye is a bit lazy but I figure that, now, it matches the rest of me.  It’s not just my left eye.  The rest of me doesn’t like to shave, either, apparently.

Welcome to New Orleans on New Orleans’ terms.  Not a lot gets done unless it revolves around a good meal accompanied by some good drinks, with good memories being the end result.  Everything that happens in New Orleans ends up with good memories to cherish.

Not a lot gets made in New Orleans.  We don’t, as a city, have a strong manufacturing sector in our economy except for one product.  Good memories are New Orleans’ main export.  Come visit New Orleans on New Orleans’ terms and you’ll get better memories than what all your friends got when they visited last year and they stayed in a hotel in the French Quarter.  There is more to New Orleans than the French Quarter.  It’s a whole big beautiful city our here.  I’m partial to the neighborhoods that surround Esplanade Avenue.

New Orleans is not an assembly line.  New Orleans is a real city, full of ups and downs, laughter and tears, joy and sorrow, vengeance, forgiveness, woe and hope.  Hope springs eternally in New Orleans.  So do faith and charity.

You’ll never be bored in New Orleans, no matter how long you make your home in this kaleidoscope of a city.  Make your home here for two nights, three nights, a week, or more.  If you make Esplanade Avenue your headquarters, you’ll know you belong here.  Home is where the heart is.  Frau Schmitt and I, your humble narrator, we can tell firsthand that we really do live on a belle esplanade.  We live in New Orleans on New Orleans’ terms.


New Orleans costume shop
New Orleans on New Orleans’ terms


If you’ve never been to New Orleans before, you are going to love it.  If you have been to New Orleans before, you’re going to fall even further and deeper in love with this amazing city.  You can wear a different outlandish costume every day and nobody will bat an eye.  Be who you are.  Do whatcha wanna.  Dance like nobody is watching.  You can wear a blue straw fedora every day, or switch it up with a red one, or an orange one, or whatever hat you want to wear.  You’ll get compliments everywhere you go.  Take it from me.

New Orleans is waiting for you.  What are you waiting for?  Come experience New Orleans on New Orleans terms and get swept up into a world of its own, where life is better than good.  Life in New Orleans is very, very, very, very, very, VERY good.

À votre santé,

La Belle Esplanade

where every morning starts with a curated breakfast salon.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017: May is a mild month in New Orleans.  The wind blows like a baby’s breath, so sweet it will make you smile.  If you can’t make it in May, visit in June, July, August, September, October, or November.  Visit in January, February, March, or April.  Every month is better than good.  Every month in New Orleans is very, very, very, very, very, VERY good.  Come see for yourself.  It’s even better in our part of New Orleans.