For the Best Travel Story in the Travel & Memoir event, Lunching with Renoir’s Boating Party won Bronze, a medal that “honors writers whose work inspires other to explore.” Set at the very Seine-side café where over eight subsequent Sundays Renoir painted his legendary Le Déjeuner des Canotiers, the masterpiece currently housed in Washington, D.C.’s Phillips Collection, this story reflects on “the goodness of life” that Renoir said he found among his friends there – that and on an artist who believed with every tint of his palette that, as he said, “a picture should be something pleasant, cheerful and pretty. Yes, pretty! There are too many unpleasant things in life as it is without creating still more of them.” Read the story here >

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