Last post I mentioned "Life's Rich Tapestry", and it certainly has been (and thank you to all who commented).
But don't get the wrong impression...
The tapestry has been all positive, including a few days' break in Nice recently.
As a bit of a treat, Dianne and I stayed at Nice's finest hotel, Le Negresco... world-famous and beautiful and barmy.
And it sports a fascinating décor, collection of artworks, and a few items to interest the travelling wargamer.
Here are just a few images.
Above: Surely, inspiration for a palace interior. The chimney breast is in fact 17th century and was transported to the hotel from a castle in The Dordogne.
Below: Items on the landing area on the fourth floor, just outside our suite.
And in the bar...
a statue of Joan d'Arc, along with several uniforms from the 1860s period.
Plus, shown below, a picture of The Great Conde - although Monsieur Mark Allen disputes this, suggesting the picture is in fact of Louis XIV... any thoughts?
These are just a few of the immense collection of artworks, and other ornamentation that adorns this magnificent hotel.
Last, but not least. If you ever find yourself in Nice, take a trip up to the war memorial - a huge edifice, sculpted into the rock face. A very impressive monument to the fallen.
Right, back to wargaming stuff next time, I promise!