|Esplanade Avenue, New Orleans|
Recently, someone told us while taking a tour of our inn, "Pictures don't do it justice." The camera doesn't lie, of course, but it will never replace living in the round. New Orleans is like that.
|'tit Rex float|
There is no place else on earth like this city. That's a good thing, we suppose, otherwise, how would anything get done everywhere else? Thank goodness there are places other than New Orleans where people toil away 9-5. Thank goodness there is New Orleans, where people can get away from the rat race and the grind.
I was talking to another Connecticut transplant. He said, "I've lived here for 20 years. Now, I'm spoiled from living anywhere else." That isn't a bad thing when you think about it. We count ourselves as comrades in luck.
New Orleans doesn't wear you down. It lifts you up. Anyone who is unhappy in New Orleans doesn't know how to live.
|Life in New Orleans|
The voice on the phone said, "I thought Mardi Gras is on February 12, this year." The voice came from a suburb of Fort Wayne, Indiana. The speaker was in Aboite, to be exact.
If you don't live in New Orleans, you can't be expected to know that Mardi Gras is not a single day. It is a season that starts on Jan. 6, the Feast of the Epiphany, a day dedicated to the memory of St. Joan of Arc. In this most catholic of cities (in every sense of the adjective), Mardi Gras is as much a state of mind as it is a square on the calendar.
|A color front door on Esplanade Avenue|
You can visit the Quarter and listen to late night jazz on Frenchman Street, and you should. That said, there is a whole ripe city thriving between the Holy Cross and the Hollygrove neighborhoods, from the Riverbend to Village de L'Est. La Belle Esplanade bed and breakfast is right in the middle of it all. It is close to the action, but far enough away to get a good night's rest to be up for the next day's or night's adventure.
|A colorful address on Esplanade Avenue|
What have we been up to since our last post? More than we can write about here. Besides being part of the crowd around four parades, we have visited the middle of nowhere to eat at the best catfish restaurant in Louisiana. We have found the best pizza in New Orleans. We have strolled up and down Esplanade Avenue and along all the cross streets in either direction, both uptown and downtown.
One question we are always asked is: "What's it like to live in New Orleans?" It is like reading this blog. You never know where it will go, but you always appreciate being here. What's it like to live in New Orleans? You never know what will be around the corner. You always appreciate being here, whether for a lifetime, a week, or even a weekend.
A votre sante.