Category Archives: Travel 2016

#TBT: travel

I went down a rabbit hole on AirBnB the other day, looking longingly and lovingly at places I’ve stayed on travels around the US and Europe.

And some photos from these places:

#TBT: places

As travel restrictions mount, I’m thinking of all the wonderful and meaningful places I’ve traveled since 1994, and the important cultural and personal relationships that were the focus of these trips.

A lifetime of memories lives in these photos:

Proper Marmalade

Two summers ago, whilst in Exeter, Devonshire, I made a purchase at the local market, held on a Saturday in the Exeter Cathedral close.

The purchase? Three jars of delight from a shop in north Devonshire: Proper Marmalade.

At Sunday breakfast, I finished the last jar.

I saw this marmalade for sale at Borough Market in London last month, but didn’t purchase any. My suitcase was already at weight, and I had little wiggle room to bring home delectables. (I did, however, find some room for a brick of Caerphilly cheese.)

I’m now regretting this Proper Marmalade decision.

You see, this brand is not sold here in the USA, and the small operation in Devonshire does not currently ship to the USA. I tried to order this week some of their flavors: blood orange, quince, Seville, lemon. All to no avail.

I may have B find some and ship it to me.

And now I’m off to Dierberg’s to peruse their selection of international jams.


My 2.5-week summer holiday has commenced, as of the close of the work-day yesterday.

Unlike other summers where I’ve taken a full four weeks away from the office, I’m departing for a shorter term this year, since I am music-directing two different shows and only have 1.5 weeks off between the end of The Sweet Smell of Success and the start of rehearsals for Out on Broadway: The Third Coming.

But summer holiday is filled, as usual.  I’m off to NYC next week, for a short visit and some research.  Then I have a dash over to Lee’s Summit and on to Des Moines to see Billy Budd at Des Moines Opera.

The next few weeks, until August 10 or so, are still three-days-in-office, and some long weekends.  I still have reading to do, and music to compose, and local tourism to do!

But I wish I were abroad this summer . . . .


I was looking for one particular photo this weekend, and in doing so was struck by the loveliness of some of the snaps from July 2016 on my UK tour.

Here are some of the nature and architectural photos I took in England this last summer:

Hong Kong — Day Two photos

A pre-new-year photo:



Hong Kong Island carousel:

Other random shots:

Hong Kong — New Year’s Eve street scenes