Back from visiting friends and family - first in Oslo, Norway.
Marvelous was Frogner Park, full of hundreds of sculptures in metal and stone by Gustav Vigeland.
As most people know, I love ballet, so a highlight was seeing the Norwegian National Ballet at the beautiful new opera house. I saw an exciting multi-media experiment by Jorma Elo, "Touch" in the small theater, and then a big-scale full-length ballet by Jo Stromgren "Arstidene" on the the main stage.
Antwerp, in the Flemish part of Belgium is a little gem of a city.
However, the Royal Ballet of Flanders is in real trouble because of recent decisions by the Ministry of Culture. I encourage everyone to learn about the situation and voice their support here.
And then of course I went to London:
Coming out of the National Gallery at twilight, I felt like I was in the London of Maisie Dobbs (books by Jacqueline Winspear which I am reading right now)
I went to the Royal Ballet, and really enjoyed the dancing as well as the very lively atmosphere at Covent Garden. (I saw Onegin and a mixed bill of Ashton/Brandstrup/McMillan/Balanchine)
And we celebrated belated birthdays with very pretty and tasty cupcakes.
Returning I haven't been jet lagged at all, but I'm really having trouble acclimating back to New York. Sigh - Loved my fall trip to Europe!