Thursday, January 2, 2014

Room with a View: Christmas 2013

"Room with a View: Downtown San Jose"
Christmas at the Fairmont Hotel
13" x 10" Watercolor

Because of the Big, we cancelled our plans for two nights at Big Sur Lodge and went downtown to upscale Fairmont Hotel. There are real bargains on the 24th and 25th. We had had Bob's family Christmas early and my sons live in Vermont, so we change it up for Christmas.

We arrived via bus and light rail, saving $42 in parking fees, and it took us about 45 minutes to get there. The afternoon was beautifully warn and sunny so we went to the San Jose Museum of Art, just past Downtown Ice, across the circle of palms from the hotel. Can you imagine skating outside in 70 degrees?

In front of San Jose Museum of Art
viewing Downtown Ice and the Fairmont Hotel

We had a beautiful Christmas Eve walking through Christmas in the Park. We were amazed at all the families that crowded the displays and partake of children's rides.

A very old tradition in San Jose
One of the animated displays at Christmas in the Park

We enjoyed choral singing at Trinity Lutheran Church. On Christmas morning, we had brought our gifts in luggage, so we enjoyed the Vermont celebration. We took in a movie and had dinner at a nice restaurant. The following morning, we returned home.

I created my painting at home from a photo Bob took at breakfast through the hotel window.


Barb Sailor said...

This is a beautiful painting that will always bring back wonderful memories! Sounds like you had a blessed holiday with your husband.

CrimsonLeaves said...

You two know how to live, Mary! So glad you had such a nice Christmas!