Classical music is playing and lifting my spirit. The murmur of voices and scents of delicious food from the Alcazar Cafe below me are comforting. The ballroom is so open and airy. There's lots of light and it reflects beautifully off the dark hardwood floors. I love open space. I love being surrounded by antiquities and amazing architecture.
Glancing out a window, I look out over my favorite city, my home. I'm feeling thankful for life. When the world seems dark and ugly, being here reminds me that the world is still full of beauty and creativity. I'm appreciative of history, of being able to remember other times.
I reflect on paintings, such as Woman with Necklace, and I think of simple times. Times of leisure. When people knew how to slow down. This museum helps me quiet myself. I notice my surroundings in a way that escapes me when I get caught up in the busyness of life. I am happy here.
|Woman with Necklace|