Sunday, August 30, 2020

The morning's pleasure

 Some like it cold
Black marker on watercolour paper
5.5 x 8.5 inches
Barbara Muir © 2020

One of the great pleasures of vacationing in a hotel is the room service. 
In fact it's been one of my painting themes.  My biggest painting -- 6 feet by 
8 feet, is 4 canvasses combined to create a large image of one of the best
room service breakfasts we ever had.  

The price isn't the difference, it's the attitude of the hotel staff.  That beautiful
meal was served to perfection by two waiters, who wheeled in a table,
covered in a white cloth, and a trolley with the food.  They carefully placed
two beautiful blue cloths over the white one, then designed the breakfast -- how
the food looked, where the cutlery was placed, how they folded the napkins.
There is no other way to describe the care they put into that meal.

That was served at the Hilton, Quebec City, and that hotel is closed now for
renovations until 2021.  Which is too bad, it is one of the nicest hotels we've
ever visited. But every industry is affected by COVID, and of course the travel
industry is at the top of the list.

Right now, room service is hard to come by.  We called everywhere in the
Ontario, Quebec region, and ended up at the one hotel who will bring us
a cold, continental room service breakfast (with hot coffee!).  I drew this little
drawing, and may 
refine it before I'm done, or try again tomorrow.  We are
camped in our hotel, 
costing $11 more per night than the old Ottawa jail,
which is renting out cells to guests -- seriously.

I'm convinced this is more comfortable. Much more comfortable.

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