|The young lady's name is Marianne|
Our use of this image should not be considered an endorsement from the French government to stay with us. Quite the opposite, it should be considered a swipe that I took to lead off this post. We met the consul once. He's very handsome and charming. We made idle chitchat over champagne. He probably doesn't remember us, nor should he. We are as dull as dishwater. Aside from that chance meeting and talk about the weather, we have no relationship with him, his office, or anything else really. I just like Marianne. As a New Orleanian, I find everything French fascinating. Don't you?
Is there a single woman who symbolizes New Orleans? There is, but it isn't Marianne and it makes me sad to say that. I love the way her hair billows out from under her Phrygian cap. In New Orleans, we have Margaret, who most people don't know, though she has a statue at Margaret Place, and we have Sophie Wright, who has a statue at Sophie Wright Place, and we have Oretha Castle Haley, who has a street named after her, and we have Mahalia Jackson, who has a theater named after her, and we have Joan of Arc, who also has a statue, hers at the beginning of the French Market, suitably enough. Is there a single woman who represents the spirit of New Orleans? No. There a a lot of them, including every one you will pass when you walk down the street. Say bonjour, or at least say hello.
In New Orleans, we also have a statue of Winston Churchill, of all people. It's at the foot to Poydras Street, which few people visit unless they are trying to catch the Riverfront streetcar or they are staying at the Riverside Hilton, or they are lost. No one ever mistook Winston Churchill for a woman.
The nice thing about writing a blog is that your humble narrator gets to write about whatever he pleases. Being an innkeeper, your humble narrator gets to talk about whatever he pleases, too. Sometimes, people ask a question, and I just launch off on a story that I find interesting that has more tangents than a kitten in a ball of wool. No worries. Nothing happens the way it is planned in New Orleans. It's a city in which people will talk your ear off if given the chance. I have a captive audience, so I just ramble on at breakfast, just like I do here, and nobody complains. I know a lot of things. If I can't explain them clearly all the time, it's because things are complicated in New Orleans. It takes a while to sort everything out. You need to stay for more than two nights.
|It is time for a picture|
Life is beautiful when you live in New Orleans. When you visit, you get a taste of what life can be like. Laissez les bon temps rouler!
There was never a canal on Canal Street. Don't believe everything you see on the internet. Don't believe everything you read on the internet, either---even our reviews. I add this last caveat because we cannot be all things to all people. We strive to be good hosts to everyone who comes through our front door, but we aren't for everyone. If you are looking for something comparable to a stay at the Roosevelt Hotel or the Ritz-Carlton on Canal Street, we offer a similar level of service, but not the same amenities. We're headquartered in an old Creole mansion in Tremé, after all, not in a modern (for their time) skyscraper hotel building. We are a boutique bed and breakfast inn in New Orleans but we can't claim to be a luxury brand hotel by any stretch of the imagination. We do what we can. We are located one mile from the French Quarter. If you are thinking about staying with us, go back one sentence and read it again. We are not in the French Quarter. We are within walking distance, but our inn is in a different neighborhood.
We do what we can, like Joan of Arc did, and what Marianne represents. We do what we can to make your visit to this magical city we call home an enjoyable adventure. It isn't Disneyworld, but it isn't meant to be. We don't provide fantasy, but we are still living our dream, in New Orleans, the way it is meant to be.
We hope you'll visit us soon.
À votre santé,
La Belle Esplanade bed and breakfast.