The element of surprise seems to be synonymous with spring. It seems like nature’s symphony, as every day brings a new sound into the foray, while the world wakes up from its’ winter hibernation. The gardens come alive with previously forgotten floras and new plantings show hope of a delicious future harvest. This time of year has me thinking of new beginnings, regeneration and discovery.
Keeping a wistful eye outside Enchanté Boutique Hotel you’ll find Napoleon Bonaparte near the entrance. Post revolution Emperor Napoleon focused his energy on the commission of the memorable Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile, and the functioning infrastructure of his beloved Paris. This monument is located on the right bank of the Seine at the center of a dodecagonal configuration of twelve radiating avenues. It was commissioned in 1806 after the victory at Austerlitz, at the peak of Napoleon’s fortunes. Not to be outdone by it’s inspiration, the Roman Ach of Titus, the Arc de Triomphe is twice the size!
The portion of the Palace of Versailles known as the Louvre found it’s beginnings as a Art Museum, when Napoleon used it to house art pieces collected during his military campaigns. Sometimes it takes a revolution to appreciate the truth, beauty and goodness that we often find in art. When you come to Los Altos you may wish to stimulate your own appreciation for art in the form of sculptures that the City of Los Altos has commissioned to include in their commitment to enriching the community. Within a short distance from the hotel you can explore the town on foot and also experience a variety of wonderful sculptures.
We have created a map to help you explore. It includes a short description of the piece, and is color-coded to indicate if the artist is a man or a woman, we trust this will help with your own rejuvenation during your stay with us. If staying in is your pleasure, along with the many treasures you will find in our Bistro check out our new addition of a very old painting in our lobby – see if you can find Napoleon making an appearance in this period piece.
Los Altos Sculpture Walk