I’m away for a few days to NYC.
After several visits during sabbatical, this is my first trip to the city in seven months.
And on this packed visit:
- Manon at the Metropolitan Opera
- Moulin Rouge
- Big Apple Circus
- Turandot at the Metropolitan Opera
- En Masse (an Australian circus)
- Spencer Jones’ workshop performance of Corner of Bitter and Sweet
- some museum visits
- and two more shows yet to be decided
Wednesday is a three-show-day!
Fifteen years ago this month. In Banff. I was meeting in Calgary with Canadian tour planners about Ball State University Singers’ upcoming trip to China.
I need to get back to Asia…..
Ten years ago this summer I made my first trip to Italy.
That excursion, with bunches of Ball State University students and my friend D, included stops in Rome, Sorrento, Delphi, and Athens, and an overnight ferry crossing in the Aegean Sea.
And a day trip to Capri, off the coast from Naples and Sorrento.
When I have money, or decide to go into debt, I’ll spend a days on the Isle of Capri.
I took this quiz yesterday, since it was linked from a New York Times advertisement.
And I scored a perfect 30!
Then I realized I’ve actually seen more then 2/3 of these paintings in person.
Memories of various trips to England have been popping up on Facebook. I am ready to visit again.
The Herbert Howells window in the Lady Chapel, Gloucester Cathedral.
My first and so far only London beer this trip.
At Shakespeare’s birthplace.
From the church yard.
Looking toward Westminster.
At Stonehenge, 13 July 2013.
A field of poppies, viewed from the train to Cambridge.
JC in front of Buckingham Palace before the royal appearance.
St. Paul’s Cathedral in the distance.
HM the Queen and others of the royal family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace.
Shard, from Tate Modern.
Street scene, with the Cathedral west porch behind.
Tower Bridge at dusk.
The church from the lych gate.
The cathedral spire is notable everywhere in town.
JC by the River Severn, Gloucester.
A Greenwich street scene.
Aboard the Cutty Sark.
Flowers in The Shard, 60+ floors up.
JC after Evensong at King’s College Cambridge.
At Wells Cathedral.
Fish & chips from a market stall.
Elgar lived here as a boy.
Apparently the water table is high in Truro, since water was running in stone gutters all over town.
Howells, Vaughan Williams, and Stanford, all together in eternal rest.
The research reading room at the Royal School for Music in London.
1997. At St. George’s Windsor, England, preparing for an Evensong. That’s me at left center with my arms crossed, standing at the foot of the aisle.
At the Elgar Birthplace Museum outside of Worcester.
2005. In front of Kensington Palace on a Thanksgiving Break trip to London.
The tower at Gloucester Cathedral.
The Clock Tower, etc.
On the way home.
A bee, and white lavender, in the cloister herb garden.
At the hotel.
Astride the Prime Meridian, one foot in the Western Hemisphere, the other not.
At Michael’s grave in July 2013, Twigworth Church, Gloucestershire.
With Ramelle Sarna.
At the Tower.
The Clock Tower, from the Thames.
Northwest of London.
With John Schaefer and George Emblom.
The District Line train, arriving at Kew.
London Metropolitan Fire Brigade, by our hotel.
Norman tower on a Gothic cathedral.
A PERFECT English breakfast.