If you’ve read our blog before, you know that I am in love with New Orleans in general, and I’m in love with our neighborhood in particular. The best part of our neighborhood is the street that binds it all together: Esplanade Avenue. Apparently, there’s an Esplanade Avenue in Pacifica, California. Looking at Google maps, that Esplanade Avenue doesn’t hold a candle to Esplanade Avenue in New Orleans. I’ll take the New Orleans version any day. Luckily, I live here so I can take it all in every day.
I walk down the Esplanade Avenue neutral ground every day, smiling the whole way to wherever I’m going, no matter what errand I’m running.
Our inn is located on a beautiful street. The oak trees that are in the neutral ground between the French Quarter and North Miro Street, and that are either side of Esplanade Avenue from North Miro to City Park, are live oaks. It’s not the most descriptive name, but that’s what they’re called. There are no dead oaks, and there’s no dead wood, on Esplanade Avenue in New Orleans. You can’t say the same about the street with the same name in Pacifica, California.
Walking down Esplanade Avenue, you can’t help but smile. You’ll marvel at the architecture. The people you pass will all say hello. The neighbors who live on and around Esplanade Avenue are the friendliest people you’ll ever meet. It’s that kind of a city. I’m a native New Englander, transplanted to New Orleans seven years ago. When I first moved here, as a New Englander, I was perfectly content not talking to people I passed on the street. No more, though. I’ve gone native. I love chitchatting with everyone I meet in the neutral ground or on the sidewalk. It’s how I get my news about what’s going on in our fair city.
People walk their dogs on Esplanade Avenue all day and night.
Some of our guests arrive and they ask, “Is Esplanade Avenue safe?” It’s safe. It’s very quiet were our inn is located. Nobody is hiding behind a tree waiting for nobody to show up in the middle of the night. It just isn’t a cost effective use of the criminal’s time. The easy pickings are where all the drunks and easy marks are: in the French Quarter and on Frenchmen Street.
Frau Schmitt, who is the better half of this operation, walks our dog on Esplanade Avenue and in its surrounding neighborhoods every night around 8:00 or 9:00. “Yeah, but she’s got a dog with her.” This is true, but the dog is only a foot tall and he weighs 14 pounds. He’s not going to deter any mugger or rapist. We really do live a picturesque and peaceable part of New Orleans. Come see for yourself.
Across the street from our inn is Gayarré Place:
It’s named after Charles Etienne Gayarré, who is called The Father of Louisiana History. He wrote a book about what happened in Louisiana in olden times. He lived in our neighborhood. If you know what this means, there is a geocache hidden in the park. I know where it is. If you can’t find it, just ask me. I know a lot about our neighborhood that you won’t find in the guidebooks.
We live in very interesting part of the city and there is a lot going on around Esplanade Avenue. There is only one Esplanade Avenue and it really is a beautiful street. Don’t worry about being bored in New Orleans. If you are bored in this magical city you must have a wide hole in your imagination. There is always something happening everywhere in New Orleans. There’s the part of New Orleans that strives to entertain tourists, and then there is our part of New Orleans, the part where residents entertain themselves. It’s no wonder that the people who live in New Orleans love their city as much as they do. New Orleans is very, very good.
If you have any questions, that’s what I’m hear for. You’ll have plenty of questions when you arrive in New Orleans. There are so many options that it can get quite confusing. Let me tell you this: you’ll never see everything. The longer you stay here, the more you’ll realize how much you’re missing. Stay in the French Quarter, you’ll know the French Quarter but you won’t know New Orleans. Stay on Esplanade Avenue and you’ll fall in love with our city.
In a New Orleans state of mind, even the angels dream of staying at La Belle Esplanade.
Á votre santé,
La Belle Esplanade
…where every morning starts with a curated breakfast salon of local delicacies and robust conversation.
Monday, May 1, 2017: The first weekend of Jazz Fest just ended. The second weekend is right around the corner. There is never a dull moment in New Orleans, whether you’re visiting or you live here. Just ask someone who lives here. Cheers!