There are Asian touches throughout the 73-room hotel (including a volume of Buddhist teachings in the bedside table along with the usual Gideon bible), but the general impression is of international luxury in a comfortable space.
Strolling through the Holiday Market in Union Square, with its soft light and scent of cinnamon, takes me back to winters spent in Bavaria, and many a cold evening spent at the glittery christkindlesmarkts in Munich and Nuremberg.
Germany's most famous Christmas Market is often referred to as the "Little Town from Wood and Clot," due to the 180 wooden market stalls decorated with red and white fabrics in the picturesque old town.
I get to see the clammers at 7 a.m. going to work in the bay, the herons, osprey and migrating warblers. I hear the sounds of life that participate around me and those experiences bring unique perspectives incorporated into my painting.
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