“You know how once you see a Corvette you want one and you picture yourself in it? So you work all your life and save to buy one. But once you get behind the wheel, you realize the car hits bumps in the roads, and burns gas, and requires maintenance and tires just like any other car,” Collette explained. Similarly, he worries his romantic conception of glamorous cities could be diminished by actually visiting them – a very interesting concept.
As a lover of art, he will not be disappointed by the Louvre in Paris, or the Tate Modern in London, or the Vatican Art Collection, or even the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. “Whenever I have business in Washington D.C., I try to spend a little time, if I can, at the National Gallery of Art,” Collette said.
The National Gallery, on Constitution Avenue along the Mall, was dedicated on St. Patrick’s Day, 1941. It is one of many museums along the expansive reflecting pond between the Capitol dome and the Lincoln Memorial, and countless in D.C., offering complimentary admission. Walking in Washington, with its’ recognizable, iconic monuments and buildings, including the White House, is like strolling in an open-air museum, especially when the trees and flowers are in bloom.
“You can walk almost everywhere here. Though not very large, D.C. has so much to offer that if you see it by foot you can get a lot more in,” says Jay Haddock, president of the very centrally-located St. Gregory Luxury Hotel and Suites and Beacon Hotel and Corporate Quarters, which are favored by celebrities and international diplomats. The St. Gregory presents its’ own contribution to the art world: a life-sized state of Marilyn Monroe in its’ lobby. “It was created by one of America’s foremost sculptors. Marilyn, in the iconic pose with her dress blowing up, is something more memorable than the usual ‘round table with a pot of flowers’” says Hector Torres, the hotel’s vice-president. “Everyone takes a little glimpse.”
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