The last quick post was to be a draft so that I could add more. So I hit the wrong button! Bear with me as I figure this all out. I am writing this at 6am because I am scheduled to leave for our day to Machu Picchu . I will finish my experience in Peru on the plane tomorrow since I don’t get back until 10 tonight. See what I mean about full days! More later, Mary Jo
The last 4 days have been filled with adjustments to the high altitude and to the very full and I really mean full days. After a lovely dinner inWashington with night views of the White Houseq, we given a wake up call of 5am. That was a reminder that were really are on an expedition; but one with luxury features.
My one night trip to New York City to escort a group of travelers was much anticiapted until 3 days prior when we had torrential rain and a forecast of a hurricane! I had images of us sloshing in the water on the streets of New York amongst flying umbrellas that had become lethal weapons. So you can imagine my delight when I woke up on our day of departure to sunny skies. Thank you weather Gods.
I am writing this from New York on another rainless day for us to walk the streets. Yesterday we enjoyed the Broadway performance of An American in Paris. It was a thrilling experience and clearly deserved its Tony Awards for Best Scenic Design and Best Choreagraphy. How can you go wrong when you start with music from George Gerswhin, add 2 leads who are principle dancers from the New York City Ballet and then enfold these 2 ingredients for success in a visually stunning and creative set. I will recommend that you see this performance from the mezzanine so you can be looking down to see the whole stage and appreciate the movement from the right perspective.
We then went off to the resturant Becco for a delicious meal that was amazingly affordable for New York City. For exmple, I had their signature 2 course dish that started with a choice of a Ceaser salad or antipasti followed by a trio of pasta tastings with an all you can eat feature. It cost $23.95! It was DELICIOUS. Now I know why it had a line outside of expectant diners.
I am writing this as I sit on my balcony overlooking the Piazza Cisterna in San Gimignano.
We are relaxing after a very late night attending our first Andrea Bocelli concert in The Teatro de Silenzio. We watched the production of Puccini’s opera, Turandot. It was a multi media event performed under the stars and a full moon in an open air theater. There was a full orchestra conducted by Zubin Mehta, a 75 member chorus, ornate costumes and outstanding musical performances by all.
It was certainly a memorable experience and we are ready for the next concert tomorrow. Today we are going to visit tthe charming hill town of Pienza and “bella” Siena as I heard it referred as this morning.
I am off in 2 weeks to go over the bridge to visit my favorite country, Italy. Now it has taken me a long time to qualify a favorite. When asked for favorites, my usual response is: my next destination!
However having been to Italy over 5 times now I can finally identify that this country is a favorite. It gets into my soul. I must have had a past life experience here!
This time I am going to attend an Andrea Bocelli concert in his open air coliseum that he built in his home town of Lajatico in Tuscany.
What made me decide to go? As I approach my 69th birthday, I have decided that if i get goose bumps over a travel experience that comes across my desk, I will make every effort to fit it into my travel plans.
My favorite quote: Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the number of moments that take our breath away.
This concert will be one of those memorable moments! I am counting the days!