The end of this year turned out to have a rather unexpectedly wonderful finish. After a crazy roller coaster ride like this one (socially, politically, etc) I was delighted to have spent the fading days of 2017 in Paris. Who could not love Paris during any time or season? It was cold, it was rainy, and still shockingly gorgeous.


December 2017

For starters, during part of my visit I was fortunate enough to stay in a building which is also in one of my favorite paintings at the Art Institute of Chicago. I grew up gazing into Gustave Caillebotte's Paris Street; Rainy Day - 1877. (212.2 × 276.2 cm  - 83.5 × 108.7 in).  


It’s impossible not to awe at the impact Parisian culture has had on the world, created through centuries of championing the high arts, cuisine, architecture, even urban planning and development. For the most part whenever I'm in town I spend my time wandering around with friends, admiring just about everything about its people and places and checking out the latest exhibits. Almost too many museums and galleries to keep up with. 

Here's to 2018 and a continued commitment to learning, to travel and an avid commitment to art. 

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