Something Beautiful is a self-imposed initiative to find a visual feast for each day of the year.
Paris. September 2013. From early on, the travel philosophy was to make accomodations as economical and as close to the local experience as possible. We booked things late and focused on B&Bs with a wide range of experiences. The most memorable was our Parisian B&B and hosts, Jean-Pol and Anne. Jean-Pol’s great uncle, George Saupique, was an accomplished and successful sculptor early in the century. Jean-Pol, an architect, inherited his Uncle George’s studio. The present kitchen under great sky lights was George’s sculpting area and we saw wonderful pictures of him at work. George’s nephew paints. There are no sculptors in the current generation. But throughout the house, the artist’s aesthetic is present. Even in the courtyard, there are pieces of George’s work. Being surrounded by art is a way of life that is a beautiful aspect of the Parisian people. It does not have to do with expense, but a sensitivity to seeing art as a life essential — beauty as a necessity. What a wonderful way to live.