Thursday, August 8, 2019

Happiness is New Orleans

You never know what you'll see around any corner in New Orleans.

Since I've moved to New Orleans, I don't find many reasons to travel outside the city's limits.  When you live in New Orleans the sky is the limit, of course, but that's only when you're looking up.  When you live in New Orleans there are very few reasons to visit other cities?  Why?  When you live in New Orleans and you visit another city, maybe on vacation or business, after two days you want to be home again.  That's how I feel.  I hate to travel.  In a New Orleans state of mind, why leave New Orleans unless there is a wedding or a funeral? 

An inviting way to start the day on Ursulines Avenue, New Orleans.

It's been a long time since I last said that I would walk a mile for a Camel cigarette but I wouldn't mind riding my bicycle three miles up St. Bernard Avenue, headed lakeside, to see a statue of a camel in somebody's from yard---right where you'd least expect it.

He is a handsome camel:

Lakeview royalty, New Orleans-style.

I've been riding my bicycle around the great city of New Orleans every morning for the past couple of weeks.  It is flat here and the city is compact.  New Orleans is a real city.  Is is densely full of details, both historic and evolving.  I have lived in New Orleans nine years.  Not a day goes by when I am not astounded.  Happiness is New Orleans.

If you've never been to New Orleans, you should come down for a visit.  

Longer is always better.  No one ever says their visit is too long.  It is always too short.  The longer you are here, the more you'll realize how much more there is to discover and appreciate.  There are treats around every corner.  New Orleans is Candyland with a long francophile pedigree.  

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If your spirit bucket has a hole in it, you better plug that hole with good New Orleans memories.  Put visiting New Orleans on your list of things to do before you die.  When you want to explore and enjoy the authentic New Orleans, stay at La Belle Esplanade.  We live in a city full of happy surprises.

We only have five luxury suites so we tend to fill up early.  Book today and make sure you can explore this wonderful city we call home like you belong here.  You do belong here.

À votre santé,
La Belle Esplanade

Monday, August 5, 2019

Be Ready to Catch New Orleans' Spirit

Every New Orleans day is full of surprises.  Close your eyes and open your heart, you'll be ready to catch New Orleans spirit.  Just ask your humble narrator:

Your New Orleans Answer Man pondering the city's most difficult questions.

Once upon a time, this afternoon, actually, I went to the sculpture garden at the lakeside end of Esplanade Avenue.  It's only about a 20 minute walk from our front door.  

On the way, I stopped to watch a turtle eat a fish.  You can't blame me.  It's not like you see it every day, either.  You'd stop.

The Sidney and Wanda Besthoff Sculpture Garden is a thing of two halves.  They expanded it maybe two-three months ago.  The original sculpture garden is world class, it includes work from everyone you expect to see in a who's who of who's a sculptor.  The paths are well laid-out, compact and shady.  Turn a corner and, like in New Orleans itself, you won't know pleasant surprise to expect in the original sculpture garden.  

The new part is, well, newer.  It's not shady---I can't blame them for that.  The trees have to grow.  Because the park hasn't matured yet, the sight lines aren't exactly as inspiring as originally planned.  The new part of the sculpture garden does have its share of pleasant surprises. I am particular to one, the most traditional of the lot, naturally:

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New Orleans, though is a big, interesting, vibrant city off the usual tourist radar.  When you want to explore and enjoy the authentic New Orleans, stay at La Belle Esplanade.  We live in a city full of happy surprises.

We only have five luxury suites so we tend to fill up early.  Book today and make sure you can explore this wonderful city we call home like you belong here.  You do belong here.

À votre santé,
La Belle Esplanade

Saturday, August 3, 2019

New Orleans Tears in the Rain

Loving New Orleans is tears in the rain.  How do you separate one joy from another?  Look in a puddle in New Orleans and you'll glimpse a vision of heaven.

Look down.  Look up.  In New Orleans they are the same.

It rains every day in New Orleans in summer, for 20 minutes, at least.  Then the rain stops.  The sun always shines in New Orleans, even when it's raining.  

In a New Orleans state of mind every day is the best day it can be. New Orleans cannot be better.  Even sinners can be winners.  Live in the moment.  New Orleans rain is both baptism and shower.  There is both fluoride and sunshine in New Orleans water.  The Mississippi River runs wide and deep.

Have you heard that New Orleans is good?  It is better than good.  New Orleans is an ideal made real.  New Orleans is how you feel when you walk around after a fresh haircut.  Everyone's birthday falls sometime in New Orleans.  Both cowboys and astronauts make New Orleans their goal.  New Orleans is The City Care Forgot.  Care couldn't have visited here.  Good memories, the kind that last a lifetime, are made in New Orleans.  

Another beautiful New Orleans day.

New Orleans can go on forever.  It will.  Ask anyone who lives here and they will tell you the same.  The world is a better place with New Orleans in it.  Your life will be better when you visit New Orleans and you take a little piece of the city home with you in your heart.  Don't keep it under lock and key.  Set it free.

There is a conjured New Orleans that exists for tourists to visit, to drain those tourists' wallets, and to make those tourists think they have been to New Orleans.  There is another New Orleans.  There is the New Orleans where people live out their lives.  It is the people who live in New Orleans that make this great city exceptionally great.

You belong in New Orleans, at least for four or five or six nights, maybe even a week.  You'll make good memories you will never forget while you are here.

The sky is beautiful.  New Orleans is beautiful.

A word from our sponsor:  You know where you should stay when you visit New Orleans.  La Belle Esplanade is a small craft hotel located on one of the most beautiful streets in this wonderful city we call home.  Don't just visit New Orleans, live it.  

Wherever you are, we hope you have a great New Orleans day today until you have the chance to get your good self down here in person.  Don't settle for the New Orleans tourist treadmill.  Stay at La Belle Esplanade.  Good memories are made in New Orleans.  The best memories are made on Esplanade Avenue.

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