If you can’t get to New Orleans this week, at least you can think about it. Dreaming New Orleans daydreams will make you smile. New Orleans is fodder for smiles. If you can’t be in New Orleans, think about it. You’re smiling now, aren’t you? If you aren’t, you should be.
Everybody with a heart loves New Orleans, though sometimes for the wrong reasons. Take it from me. I am all about New Orleans daydreams. I live here. I live the dream.
Your humble narrator needs to take some new pictures of himself. I offer my apologies for the repeats, but you have to admit, that is a nice picture of me on my motor scooter in front of Lake Ponchartrain. Welcome to The New Orleans State of Mind.
As a New Orleans goodwill ambassador, I will tell you things about New Orleans that you won’t learn from any guidebooks or top ten lists of things to do while you are here. You can do more than ten things while you visit, but I recommend maybe three or four a day. Me? I do about two noteworthy things a day. I live here, though. I have all the time in the world to explore and enjoy this wonderful city Frau Schmitt and I call home.
Frau Schmitt is the better half of this operation. It’s Frau Schmitt that gets us trying new restaurants all the time. We have to do this in order to make recommendations to our guests. If it were up to me, I would go to the same five places every week and I would eat the same five things, one from each chef, usually the thing I ordered on my first visit. I am a very boring man.
There are 1216 restaurants in New Orleans as of last month’s official count. Frau Schmitt and I have been to over 500 of them.
NEW ORLEANS DAYDREAMS COME TRUE.
I don’t read the top ten lists anymore. They just reshuffle the same twenty touristy things in different orders. Most of the lists are compiled by people who haven’t been to New Orleans. They read what they can find on the internet and they cut-and-paste what they find adding a little flourish here and there.
Take our inclusion in an article on the PureWow website. Regular readers know I dislike calling La Belle a bed and breakfast. Yes, we have beds and we do serve breakfast, but this isn’t grandma’s house stuffed full of antiques and run by amateurs. Our operation more of a small unique and highly personalized hotel. The writer of that article contacted me to get a picture to illustrate her prose.
Me: “Don’t you want to know something about what we do here?”
Her: “No. I’ve read your website. We just need a picture of one of your rooms.”
Me: “I don’t like to feature pictures of the rooms. The house does all the heavy lifting. The exterior is our main draw. The rooms are very nice but the house is a colorful local landmark.”
Her: “Well, I don’t know how that will fit in with our format.”
Me: “Based on what you’ve told me, I already don’t think we fit in your format. I wouldn’t mind if you don’t include us. We don’t like to call La Belle a B&B.”
We got included. One of the 20 top B&Bs. Oh well. I suppose it’s a good problem to have. When you’re the best, you sometimes get lumped in with all the rest. I guess there is no such thing as bad publicity. I wish the writer would have interviewed me versus just cribbing from whatever else is already online. I can talk and talk and talk about New Orleans as the day is long. Maybe that’s why I wasn’t interviewed.
Here is another picture from the New Orleans Museum of Art that I took the other day:
The New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) is about a 25-minute picturesque stroll from our address.
I’M A DAYDREAM NEW ORLEANS BELIEVER.
What are we going to do? We are going to dream New Orleans daydreams. Of course we’re gonna believe in them. We live here. We are going to live New Orleans daydreams. In New Orleans, everything comes out in the wash and everything turns out alright. We live in a magical city.
Let me read you a story:
If you don’t follow us on Facebook, I am regularly posting videos of me reading stories from my eclectic collection of literature on our Facebook page. We also share these videos on our YouTube channel. I don’t post them too much on the blog because it’s hard to shoehorn them in, unrelated to the theme of any particular post. I know—-Wait! There is a theme to these posts?!??!?? As much as I can muster.
Have a great New Orleans day today, wherever you happen to be. When you get the chance, New Orleans is waiting for your arrival. Make La Belle Esplanade the headquarters for your New Orleans adventures, or, you can always stay at a big corporate hotel in the French Quarter and get the pabulum-flavored New Orleans. It is entirely up to you. Your vacation isn’t mine. I’m not here to judge.
-La Belle Esplanade
Friday, July 6, 2018: We went to Junction today for lunch. I think I have found my new favorite bar.