You’ve seen The Music Man, right? Remember when Buddy Hackett tried to get Robert Preston to date the Sunday school teacher? Robert Preston says no, thanks, because he doesn’t want a blushing breathless baby doll, he wants a more adult romance. That’s Corfu--sadder but wiser.
You know that aunt, the one who didn’t quite conform to the family ideals? When all her siblings went to college, got jobs, got married, and had kids, she traveled and worked vague jobs in the service industry or took photos for a magazine or taught ESL and had boyfriends named Pascal and Xenos. She went skiing in Chile. She could hold her liquor and eat anything and sleep on the fold-out couch without complaining. Sometimes she borrowed money from your parents, and they always gave it to her in an effort to help her “get her life together.” Let’s call her Zelda.
Sinfonietta Paris is a Paris chamber music organization that sponsors a series called Music by the Glass. It features intimate concerts in lovely concert halls and private homes throughout the city. The concerts last about one hour so you won’t be overwhelmed, and after the concert there are wine and snacks, included in the ticket price. You can meet the performers and mingle with the audience.
Because Paris gave us three solid months of gray skies with alternating rain and snow, we headed south during Kid 3’s winter break. The South of France is warm and sunny, as everybody knows. When I booked the train tickets, weather reports said Nice would be about ten degrees celsius warmer than Paris, so that seemed like a reasonable place to go in February. We had also considered Rome, but decided to stay closer to home for this short trip.
I know what you did on your first trip to Paris, because it’s what we all did. You saw the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame. You took the Bateau Mouche boat trip on the Seine or spent a day on a hop-on-hop-off bus tour. You took a day trip to Versailles. You strolled along the Champs-Elysee and ate crepes and got a little lost in the Marais. You ate at reliable restaurants where they handed you an English menu. Customer service was tolerable.
I first visited the UK as a child. My older sister had moved there, and my mother and I went to visit her. Being from Texas, I was raised knowing that I lived in the best place on earth, so it was a shock to go to another country and see that they had interesting people, delicious food, green grass, castles, bookstores, cool accents, and men wearing skirts. It shook me to my core. Then I embraced it, and I was changed.
Eastern Christians: 2000 Year of History. This exhibition at the Arab World Institute in Paris features art and artifacts from the Turkey to Iran and traces the history of the part of Christianity that we in the West tend to forget about.