Thursday, July 17, 2014

Clio, Goddess of Peace, Genius of History

Statue of Clio in September
The last time I wrote an update of our description of our Clio Suite, the only pictures I had of the new bed were from when the bed wasn't even all put together yet.  The bed has been complete for awhile now, so I decided to provide an update of the bed pictures.  I know it's not that exciting, but it needs to be done.  

We put the canopy posts up.  Here's one view from the bathroom.  I may as well show it here.  If you reserve this suite, you're going to see it all for yourself.
Bed in Clio Suite, La Belle Esplanade, New Orleans, LA
You probably don't care about our overhead expenses, but this bed cost a lot of money.  It's a queen.  I know it's expensive because Frau Schmitt and I were balancing the books the other day and I asked what this big expense was.  She showed me the receipt and I stopped squawking.  Frau Schmitt said, "It's for the guests."  I couldn't argue with that.  She's usually right about these things.  If it's for the guests, every expense if justified.
The bed in Clio Suite from the other side, in gauzy light
There are silk flowers and Christmas lights strung over the headboard.  I know.  It makes you think of a honeymoon suite in the Poconos, but it's not.  It's such a beautiful suite.  There's no ticky-tacky.  We're adding new original artwork in this suite.  The whole inn is a work in progress.  If you come back next year, you won't want things to be the same.  You'll want them to be better.   Us, too.

Let's have one more parting shot, this time of the bed from the sitting room:
You get the idea
Twelve and a half foot ceilings make all the difference.  That, and the rooms that are bigger than the average apartment in other world-class cities.  You can do cartwheels in here if you choose to. 

I took these pictures with my phone in the morning, when the sun was coming through the front windows, through the trees.  That's why the walls look more pink this time.  They're really more plummy. 

We look forward to meeting you.

The ceilings are still purple.

A votre santé,
La Belle Esplanade bed and breakfast.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Flat Stanley in New Orleans

Flat Stanley at Morning Call
Recently, one of our guests commented that they had gone to Morning Call in the Oaks.

Now, I go to the third Morning Call, in City Park, all the time.  Its got the original bloodlines.   They just closed the second Morning Call in the suburbs, so it couldn't be there.  There's talk about a fourth Morning Call in the Quarter, but it's nothing that's been put on paper.  I don't know anything about Morning Call in the Oaks; never heard of it.  I thought she was talking about Oak Alley.  There's a Morning Call at Oak Alley?

Flat Stanley's staying with us now.  He's a nice enough guy.  I asked him what would be the one thing he wanted to see in New Orleans.  He said, "Morning Call in the Oaks."  I said I didn't know where it is.  "Sure you do, " Flat Stanley told me, "It's where I played on the oaks yesterday."
Flat Stanley in a live oak tree
Kids are always climbing on the 500-year-old live oak trees in City Park.  Did he mean Morning Call in City Park?  Yep, he did.  When we got there, he showed me the menu:
Flat Henry and the Morning Call menu
It's right there in capital letters in red: MORNING CALL IN THE OAKS.  Me and the neighbors have been wrong all this time.  
This menu is served 24-hours
We were getting thirsty by this point.  Flat Stanley asked me to read him the menu.  It was too long to read the whole thing, so I asked him what part he wanted me to read first: Beignets, Local Fare, Cafe au Lait, or Other Treats?  Flat Stanley said, "Other Treats, please."

Here's the Other Treats Menu at Morning Call in the Oaks: Ice cream, popcorn, Irish Coffee, Bailey's Coffee, Mango Freeze, Pralines, Beer: Miller Light, Miller Highlife, Heineken, Blue Moon, Abita Amber, Andigator, PBR, Dixie and Dixie Voodoo, Coors Light.

Notice, they don't list every variety of ice cream.  This is what it's like to live in New Orleans.  Flat Stanley said he wanted a Coors Light.  I suggested we read the Cafe au Lait part of the menu.  That's where you find Milk & Juice.

After he finished his milk, Flat Stanley asked if we could go climb in the oak trees again.  Why not?
Flat Stanley in a live oak, City Park, New Orleans
"This is the best vacation ever," Flat Stanley told me.

Frau Schmitt and I hear that a lot in our line of work.  It's New Orleans, after all.

A votre santé,

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Paul McCartney and New Orleans

La Belle de l'Avenue d'Esplanade
I've been meaning to write about this.  Now that it's almost Autumn, Andy reminded me about a song about New Orleans sung by Paul McCartney and Wings:


I only remember Wings as being the Band on the Run.



I've never been a McCartney fan, always preferring Ringo.  However, while I was watching the video of "Call Me Back Again," I thought it sounded familiar.  Of course!  Kid Merv sang it last week at Kermit's Mother-in-Law Lounge.  

There's a Wings connection.  Kid Merv is a big fan of "Live and Let Die."






We're big Kid Merv fans.  Recently, he's been playing every Wednesday at the Mother-in-Law Lounge.  It's about a five minute walk from our house.

A votre santé,
La Belle Esplanade bed and breakfast.

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