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After Milan I took the train to Nice where I enjoyed the sea, fine art, and more opera. A local carousel and a sweet young boy and his best friend.

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Teatro Massimo – Palermo, Sicily

Passione secondo Giovanni

Music by Johann Sebastian Bach

The first of three operas I was fortunate enough to attend on my current travels abroad. Teatro Massimo is the largest theatre in Italy and the third largest opera house in Europe although it may be best known because the final scenes of the Godfather III were filmed here.

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“Live in danger. Build your cities on the slopes of Vesuvius.”      Friedrich Nietzsche image image image image

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Off to Paris!

Spring is in the air — and what better place to visit than Paris! So many things to explore, but I just got word of this new spot to eat, so I thought I’d share the review as I begin to pack. Stay tuned for more about my journey!

Bistroy Les Papilles
Located in the Fifth …

An insider foodie favorite, run by Bertrand Bluy, an alum of that temple of haute cuisine, Taillevent.  Good value,  around 35 Euro for a four course meal.  Nicholas Lander writes for the FT, “Buy works hard on all fronts. He explains the menu to each table, opens the wine, cuts the baguettes, rolls the napkins and prepares the plates for the cheese course. He does all these things because the kitchen is only big enough for Tom, his longstanding chef, and an assistant. This lack of space dictates the style of service too.”   Lander further remarks, “At our lunch a luscious pea soup was served in a tureen, the plates already garnished with peas, croutons and crème fraîche; the main course was a large dish of slow-cooked lamb with aubergines, red peppers and tomatoes that was left on the table; dessert was a cool glass filled with layers of fig, panna cotta and caramel. Not Michelin presentation, but the food itself was the star.”