Rachel Watches Star Trek

Anyone who subscribes to La Belle Esplanade’s YouTube channel knows that I walk the dog in City Park every day and I sometimes shoot a little video on my iPod when I do so.  I don’t carry my iPod for video documentary purposes though.  The real reason I have it with me is because I like to listen to podcasts as the dog does whatever he does, nosing around things that smell interesting to him.  I listen to a lot of history and economics-focussed podcasts, but I also like to listen to Rachel Watches Star Trek.

This is a relatively new podcast.  Rachel and Chris watch episodes of the original Star Trek series (the one with Capt. Kirk), one episode at a time.  Here’s a little video to get us in the mood for what follows:


Yup, it’s more of the usual La Belle Esplanade chicanery.  Who put me in charge of shooting videos?  The same person who put me in charge of the blog.  Me.  It’s no wonder that I always say Frau Schmitt is the better half of this operation.

Anyhow, Rachel Watches Star Trek is a relatively new podcast during which Chris and Rachel watch Star Trek.  The title says it all.  Chris is a big Star Trek fan from way back.  Rachel has never watched Star Trek before—she approaches each episode cold and unprepared while Chris waxes full of fond memories before they launch into a review of each episode.  Sometimes, Chris is disappointed that the reality of what’s presented doesn’t match his childhood memories.  I know the feeling.  Sometimes, Rachel is pleasantly enchanted (is that too strong a word?) by the turns of the plots and the surprising effectiveness of Kirk-Fu that unfold over the course of an episode.



Rachel has a voice like an angel.  Chris has a laugh that, while not best described as infectious, is full of enthusiasm and it will bring an appreciative smile to your face as you follow along.  It is easy to get swept up in their conversation of this weighty subject matter.  Chris’s command of Star Trek canon minutia is accessibly masterful, and Rachel’s insights into the philosophical depth of each story line, or lack thereof, are a pleasure to discover.

I have only a grainy impression of what Rachel looks like and I’m fine with that.  She doesn’t look like this:

Rachel Watches Star Trek!
Our figurehead on the front of our #1 small personalized New Orleans hotel.


I so enjoy the podcast that our small personalized New Orleans hotel has signed on to support Chris and Rachel.  We are sponsors.  We don’t sponsor every episode.  Let’s not get carried away, but we want to sponsor one a month.

When I talked to Frau Schmitt about this she told me, “You’re going to do what you want to do anyway.”  So, with that ringing endorsement, we are official sponsors of Rachel Watches Star Trek, starting with Episode 23 of the podcast.  Check it out.  Give it a listen.  If you like Star Trek, we think you’ll like this.  Subscribe.

Our sponsorship starts with Episode 23: the first appearance of Ricardo Montalbán as KHAN!  If that doesn’t get your heart pounding, nothing will.  I couldn’t have timed this bright beginning better if I tried.



As I’ve mentioned previously, La Belle Esplanade, a small 5-suite hotel on Esplanade Avenue, is your New Orleans Star Trek hotel.  We don’t show up for breakfast in uniform or anything, and we won’t usually talk about Star Trek unless you bring it up.  In fact, what we talk about most is New Orleans.  We live in a remarkably wonderful city that is like no where else in the world.  When you visit New Orleans, you should visit like a New Orleanian.  Find out what it is like to be a citizen of this magical place.  Experience the best of New Orleans like you live here, not just like a tourist.

Should the conversation turn to Star Trek, Frau Schmitt (who is the better half of this operation) and I can talk about The Next Generation, Voyager, or Deep Space Nine.  We have watched every episode.  Like Chris and Rachel, we are currently watching all the episodes of the Original Series.  No wonder I have a soft spot for Rachel Watches Star Trek.  (Again: Check it out if you like to listen to podcasts.)   I don’t know how many shared interests Chris and Rachel have with Frau Schmitt and your humble narrator, but I do know that Chris and I like Star Trek (one of us more than the other, perhaps) and Rachel and Frau Schmitt approach it without any preconceived notions.

If you are looking to stay in a unique personalized hotel in New Orleans, close to the tourist action but in a unique neighborhood all its own, I know just the right place.  It’s the bright orange mansion on Esplanade Avenue mid-way between City Park in one direction and the French Quarter and Frenchmen Street in the other direction.  Visit New Orleans like you belong here.


The Age of New Orleans
A painting of the most colorful houses on Esplanade Avenue, New Orleans, LA

Have a great New Orleans day wherever you happen to find yourself today,

La Belle Esplanade.

…ranked the #1 inn in New Orleans and in Louisiana, the #3 inn in the U.S., the #17 place to stay in the whole world.

May 3, 2018, a Thursday:. We had a Vietnamese lunch today on Magazine Street, Uptown, while my motor scooter was getting a tune up.  While on Magazine Street, the main shopping street in New Orleans, we did a little window shopping, talked to people in the shops, on the sidewalk, and in the restaurant.  Just another pleasant New Orleans day.  They all are.

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