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Seattle for the Fourth – Independence Day

The Fourth of July last year was blazing hot.  This year?  Not so much:  Chilly and grey, with patches of rain.  Apparently this is how the Pacific Northwest “does summer.”  But being the good Americans we are, we celebrated our independence — weather be damned! We caught a late-morning ferry to Bainbridge Island, where Justin’s […]

Opera and people-watching and dinner in East London

Had I known how much I would like Kew Gardens, I might have planned to spend most of the day there.  But I hadn’t known and had already made plans to see a matinee performance of Madama Butterfly at the English National Opera.  I headed back into town in search of the opera house and some lunch. […]

Saturday in London

Compared to the difficulties I had trying to get to Brussels, it was a cinch getting to London.  The small commuter plane left the tiny Luxembourg airport bright and early, touching down in the London City airport an hour later (though with the time zone change, we only lost about 10 minutes).    I checked into […]

New York – A three-star last day

Like all good things, our trip came to a close on Saturday.  But our flights were late enough that we still had the bulk of the day to play — and play we did! Nicole, a good friend of mine from Kennedy Center days, recently moved from DC to New York, so we began our […]

New York – Towers and windows and sign language on New Year’s Day

New Year’s Day is typically pretty dull.  The parties from the night before are over, and although it’s technically a holiday, it’s one that you celebrate while knowing that you’ve still got a long, greyish stretch of winter before the distant summer.    That said, if you’re willing to get up early(ish), New Year’s Day is a great day to […]

New York – New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve was the piece de resistance of our trip, the day that we had all been waiting for.  And so naturally we stayed up until 2am the night before and woke up groggy and a little bit out of sorts.  That was okay, though, because all the action wouldn’t start until the evening […]

New York – Theatre Day!

We knew that the bulk of our first full day in New York would be spent sitting in dark theaters — we had tickets to both matinee and evening performances — so we decided to start off with a hearty Belgian brunch at Le Pain Quotidien . . . Belgian hot chocolate, which you make […]