Thursday, January 13, 2011

A New Orleans courtyard

Travel was one of my retirement goals. Lately, travel for husband Walter and me has been occasional overnight getaways to New Orleans. For a few days before Thanksgiving and again before Christmas, we stayed at the Provincial, a family-owned hotel in the French Quarter. A practical plus about this establishment is on-site parking that accommodates our aging high-rise van.

But one of the things I like most about the Provincial is the charming courtyard. It appeals to my senses in spring, fall and winter. We do our best to avoid New Orleans in the summer, so I don’t know if its charm survives the extreme summer heat and humidity. Here is a sensory sampler of the courtyard:

Whether colorful poinsettias in December . . .

Or annuals and perennials enjoying the warm weather of fall, the marriage of foliage, fountain and space offers a visually soothing embrace.

The fragrance of the sweet olive bush (tree?) in the background wafts throughout the courtyard.

 The heavy wrought-iron chair feels cool and surprisingly comfortable against back and seat.

The wake-up flavors of Community Coffee, hot tea and guests’ breakfast conversation . . .

Join the sound of the fountain’s waters burbling and tumbling into the waiting pool.*

Spending even a few moments in the Provincial courtyard turns "just being" into a memorable experience.

*Water photo above by husband Walter. See more of his photos here.


  1. Thank you for bringing us with you to this beautiful, restful, and fragrant courtyard! I would so like to sit a spell there. And Walter's water photo is great!!!

  2. i love courtyards and have always loved the spanish type house that the middle has a courtyard, i have read there are many inclosed courtyards in NO. this one is beautiful

  3. What a magical city and so wonderful to have it so close. My sister lives in Prairieville these days, having left her home in Baton Rouge to live with a son. I haven't been back to see her in a while, but when I do, I will check out these lovely places, because we always go to NO. Dianne

  4. @Dianne--Small world. We have loved ones in Prairieville, too!

  5. Thanks for asking about my quote from Matthew. It is from The Message. I meant to add that but forgot!