Dreams come true on Esplanade Avenue in New Orleans.  Things are not always what they appear to be---they're usually better.

A day spent on Esplanade Avenue is better than a day spent fishing.  Wile away enough time on Esplanade Avenue and you'll have a smile on your kisser.

Esplanade Avenue: Esplanade Dreams

Esplanade Avenue: Esplanade Dreams

Wonder all you want and can about what it is like to live in New Orleans.  New Orleans is built on a foundation of wonder and whimsy.  More things happen on any given day in this magical city than a person in another city can imagine.  The sky is not the limit.  The good stuff transpires on the ground.  What happens on a New Orleans street is the plum in the pudding, the plum from which the jam is made, the juice that keeps the city's bowels moving.  The New Orleans atmosphere is thick like pectin and sugar and sweetmeats.  New Orleans is plumb with destiny.  

Dawn in City Park at the head of Esplanade Avenue, New Orleans, LA.

Dawn in City Park at the head of Esplanade Avenue, New Orleans, LA.

There is a certain way things happen in New Orleans.  You can hear it in the way people hum to themselves in New Orleans supermarket aisles.  People who live in New Orleans are generally happy.  This fact is impossible to deny.  Good things to taste are everywhere within reach.  People who live in New Orleans are generally happy.  It's obvious.  It is very obvious when you take the time to talk to people on Esplanade Avenue.  Walking Esplanade Avenue is a guaranteed way to get a smile.

Hey, pal!  Haven't I seen you on Esplanade Avenue?

Esplanade Avenue in New Orleans really is une belle esplanade, a picturesque, park-like thoroughfare on which a flaneur can both witness the to and fro and participate in the ebb and flow of life on a stately and picaresque urban street that doesn't even look like it belongs in a city.  Esplanade Avenue is shady with twisty live oak trees along its ambuscades.

Make no mistake: New Orleans is a real city.  You never know what you'll find when you turn a corner.  Esplanade Avenue, which runs in a straight line for three miles from the Mississippi River to Bayou St. John is no exception.  New Orleans is a city of pleasant puzzles and convivial conundrums.  Esplanade Avenue is intimately woven into the weft of the woof of New Orleans.  Esplanade Avenue is plump with surprises, ripe with possibilities, and juicy with details to distract one's thoughts away from mortality or immorality.

The sun always shines on Esplanade Avenue, even when it's raining.  Life, glorious life, unfolds without hinderance, without anxiety, without caring what the next hour will hour will bring--- because every day on Esplanade Avenue ends as a good day--- without worry or care, without hurdle or snare, without tricks or traps or malfeasance.  On Esplanade Avenue, if you find yourself unhappy, you must not be on the Esplanade Avenue in New Orleans.

Like Main Streets, there must be other designated Esplanade Avenues in other cities scattered all over the world.  In New Orleans, we're not here to judge a street by its name.  We judge a street by its spirit.   There is only one Esplanade Avenue in New Orleans.  New Orleans doesn't have an officially named "Main Street."  In this part of New Orleans, we think of our main street as being Esplanade Avenue.  Once lived and loved, there is only one Esplanade Avenue.  It is in New Orleans and it is a street where affection and warmth flutters in the breeze that rustles the live oak leaves.  Everyone smiles.  Esplanade Avenue is a dream come true.

Two men-about-New Orleans enjoying crab bisque at Cafe Degas on Esplanade Avenue.

Two men-about-New Orleans enjoying crab bisque at Cafe Degas on Esplanade Avenue.

Eat at a restaurant on Esplanade Avenue.  Shop at a market.  Have a drink at an Esplanade Avenue watering hole.  Fill your prescription.  Nosh on a doughnut.  Buy a gallon of gas.  Open a bank account.  All life's necessities can be fulfilled and met on Esplanade Avenue.  You can make your home here.  Home is where the heart is.  Many hearts make their home on Esplanade Avenue in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Love makes New Orleans go 'round.  Esplanade Avenue is an axis.

 

 

 

Esplanade Avenue...Esplanade...Esplanade...

Esplanade Avenue...Esplanade...Esplanade...

Esplanade Avenue is Dreamland Central.

Esplanade Avenue is Dreamland Central.