Last year on New Year's Day Eve I got maybe my best picture ever.
This year not so lucky but I did get a good idea how the beanie vs. the bauble hat battle is going...
Here the new beanie wins the day.
A combination beanie/bauble plus last year's bauble nestle together on the Metro. If they can get along I can adjust. Luckily I brought over my NYC subway No.7 beanie so I'm IN either way.
Swedish Solli sent me illustrator Elsa Beskow (1874-1953) wonderful beanie hats which tops them all.
I was meeting Solli last night to go hear Vivaldi's The Four Seasons at the Madeleine - special concert New Years Day Eve.
My first time inside too
Solli's picture does much better justice to the Madeleine interior.
Looking up at the painted ceiling I started to imagine the coronation of Napoleon was here.
He crowned himself at Notre Dame in fact.
Exquisite preparatory sketch by Jacques Louis David
Of Josephine for the official commissioned coronation painting now in the Louvre.
A sweet winged angel near the exit of the Madeleine. If you've heard Vivaldi's Four Seasons 3-4 Xs (best heard in a smaller church in Venice, his home town) you really don't need to hear it again, unless it's a full orchestra blasting you to kingdom come and who wants that anyway?
Outside the Madeleine, a full moon.
Rue Royal was looking pretty spectacular.
But nothing like coming home to my own light show on Pont Sully.
A Happy New Year Everyone!!