It was another lovely hotel and my room was lovely. Meeting up with Carole I said how happy I was and that I had a t.v., Carole didn’t have a t.v. in her room but felt better when I told her the next day that there were very few channels and the reception sucked.
There was a beautiful view from the room:
Fun artwork around the hotel:
When we headed down for dinner there was nobody around and we weren’t sure if we should seat ourselves or not. Eventually we did and were handed a menu in spanish. Neither of us speaks spanish very well. The chef, who was a very pleasant young man, came over to our table and spoke almost no english. The conversation between Carole and him was a lesson in patience on both sides. Carole was trying to speak in spanish and the chef was trying to speak in english. At the end both were visibly happy with the effort they had made, after all this is how you learn a language by using it in an everyday situation.
We had the chicken soup which was so good. Ecuador does soup really well, I ate a lot of soup while I was there.
On Friday I bought myself a sketch book, pencils and pencil crayons. Then I went to the library to get some “How to draw” books.
Drawing is something that I always think I want to do but then I don’t. Now following the 7 habits I’m trying to focus on things I want to do and drawing came up again. I’ve never been good at drawing. I enjoy it, at least I think I do. I haven’t drawn anything in years but remember really enjoying it when I was young.
Who didn’t? Back then it was colouring but now I’m older so we’ll call it drawing. Actually having given a few of the lessons a shot I’d call it crap. Even if you looked at my apple (it looked like an easy lesson) as abstract (which it was not meant to be) it would be crap. BUT I loved it, really enjoyed it. So much so I made time to draw again on Sunday. Still crap, one book promises I will improve. We’ll see.
What I have found is something that calms me and there is something very satisfying about completing a picture, even if it is terrible. The concentration and filling in a blank page is immensely gratifying. Look what I did!
One day I do hope I’ll do one that is good enough to hang on my fridge!
The Lennon wall in Prague has been there since the eighties and it is covered in quotes, pictures and symbols that relate to John Lennon and the Beatles. It’s quite beautiful and new graffiti is constantly being added. It was once painted over but the next day the graffiti started again. Now they just let it go and it’s quite amazing. There is something very free about it and also emotional.
It was one of my favourite things in Prague:
On this trip to Paris we walked up to the Louvre but we didn’t go in. We would have had less than an hour to wander around inside and for the Louvre that really isn’t enough time. Also I had been to the Louvre when I was eight. I have my memories and seeing the Louvre again I wasn’t sure that I wanted to go in, I liked my memories the way they were. I remember the Mona Lisa, before she was put behind glass. I remember wandering through with my Mom and being in awe of the paintings, sculptures and the building itself. I still have postcards from that time. So on this trip although I said “Hello” to the Louvre I didn’t stop to get reaquainted. Next time I would like a day just for the Louvre so that I can go and properly greet and spend time with an old friend.
Walking up to the Louvre you see Louis XIV on a horse. It’s beautiful and the back drop of the Louvre is perfect for it.
A large blow up man? Sheep? Superhero doll thing? …. anyway looks like it’s trying to escape or maybe it’s waiting for small children to walk underneath it to capture and bring inside for an art lesson.