One of my favorite events of the year took place in Tartu last night. The Tartu symphony orchestra offers a free outdoors concert in town. Free is always nice. And in this case, it is made nicer by the location. The concert is set in a bowl in a park in the center of town.
Here is the setting
The concert is short and it offers only a few very well known pieces.
Last night the weather was perfect. We are in the middle of a heat wave here, and it was just starting to cool off a bit when we got started.
Oone o the pieces was “Summertime” by Gershwin in Porgi & Bess. Beautiful! Though I have not heard the lyrics sung with a European accent.
How can you resist an article that starts off this way?
It all began last year with someone else’s secret, whispered through the pages of an out of date road atlas abandoned in a rented villa, deep in the Italian countryside.
Whispered through the pages of an out of date road atlas? Wow!
Read onto take part in a fun adventure, and perhaps learn of where you might be headed … the next time you venture to Rome and beyond!
And be prepared for stuff like this! A view of Trevignano
A while back, I posted about my friend’s great experience in Istanbul when he stayed at the Basileus Hotel.
It is a virtuous circle. Today some folks commented that they will stay at the Baselius because of what they read. I wrote to the hotel and they immediately wrote back saying how delighted they are to greet these new guests as family. Indeed, they treat all of their guests that way.
So if you have had great contacts at places you visited, let me know. I love writing about great people around the world!
“There are limits to what can be learned through observation,” Grafton admits. “There is no study ever demonstrating it can entirely take the place of direct, physical experience.
Amen to that dude. I will never be able to do this – and that’s ok!
It looks more like this to me
Very funny! From the Mail Online: a prankster changed the labels on selected bottles of wine at a Tesco food store in the UK. I loved this one
Made by actual blue nuns in sea caves protected by wild otters. Full bodied with a hint of wet sand. Taste guide: Dancehall.’
This one has a certain je ne sais quoi as well
‘Great with lobster Thermidor. Best drunk in the street. Taste guide: Trouser Jazz.’
Trouser jazz? Yikes!
What a way to close out the summer! John Severson is a legend among those who believe in living life on their own terms. Severson’s terms meant having fun surfing. This image might clue you in
John has a new book out – “John Severson’s Surf” and I will be getting a copy. It is just too carefree for words! NYT offers a fun review. here is what it’s all about