For as long as I can remember my grandmother had a stack of unused paintings stacked in the bedroom designated for the grandkids. The closet was a typical small closet for a house built in 20s and it was very stark and clean with a few toys on shelves to the left and on the closet floor to the right was a stack of about 8 paintings and photographs which were not fortunate enough to be showcased somewhere in the house. As a young child I used to sit on floor and look at the paintings and one always caught my eye. I loved the mountains in a special painting and dreamed of being where this was. Years passed and both of my grandparents passed on. My sister and I were young and closed down our grandparents home and went about the task of living life and raising our families. A few years ago we were looking for something at my sister’s house and I spotted that special painting. It sparked that special feeling in my heart. My grandmother had penciled in a message on the back that stated she and my grandfather visited Chateau Lake Louise in Canada in 1937 and purchased the picture. I immediately decided that this destination would be at the top of my “Bucket List.”
This is the lovely photograph from 1937 that nudged me to want to venture to Canada to see a beautiful spot that my grandparents had very much loved. My sister had this painting duplicated so I could have a copy at my home. It has a special spot and I can enjoy it ever single day!
Summer 2016 I finally realized my dream of visiting this place of mystery and beauty. I was able to stay, hike, dine and just take in the awesomeness that my grandparents had enjoyed decades before me. It was more than simply a nice trip, but rather a deep emotional bond and link to the past with my sweet grandparents. I am very lucky that my supportive friend knew how much it would mean to me and made it happen! Chateau Lake Louise was beyond anything I could have imagined, but to stand on the shores of the prettiest place I have ever visited simply left me without words and imprinted brilliant visions in my head and heart that literally will last a lifetime.