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Saturday, March 28, 2015

the itch, the bug, whatever...

the other morning I was seeking a change of the cover photo for my blog- the Venice Grand Canal one having been up for quite some time... and I was looking for a change... I settled upon the photo of the Cao Dai Temple an hour or so north of Saigon... but what really overtook me was the itch-  the bug - whatever you want to call it... I have a well known travel "jones" and it is definitely flaring up these days.

We have many trips planned for the remainder of 2015 and I am ready to go now, especially since I came across a few photos of destinations I have loved.  So I thought I would post photos for each destination we have lined up for the remainder of the year-

May- NYC, Brussels & Amsterdam - one of our favorite NYC places- the High Line


Grand Place in Brussels- and chocolates for sale in a shop there-



canal side houses in Amsterdam and souvenirs from a shop along the way-



July - Road Trip - to "Fallingwater" via DTW (Motown Museum) Cleveland (Rock & Roll Hall of Fame) and Pittsburgh (PNC park for Cards game) with a stop on the way back in Toledo to revisit the art museum there...

below- the famous Diego Rivera mural from Detroit's Art Institute and coneys from Detroit's famous Lafayette Coneys



the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland






July - Dublin (meeting up with our cousin Iddo who now lives in Exeter in the UK) - here are some old old photos from a trip to Dublin in 1997 - since it is almost 20 years since I have been there and even longer for Phil- this was a natural for a summer get away...



August - TB and I do DART (Disappearing America Road Trip) again- this time NH is the primary destination.  Since I have only stopped in New Hampshire at a Shaker Village my photos are limited but here are two- one from the general store near the village and one in the main house of the village



September/October - the biggie - our trip to Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova, Transdniestria, and Odessa (to catch up with our friend Iryna from Lviv)

These are all new places to us so I can only show a photo of Phil's brothers Larry (L) Steve (R) and the three of us in the center (Phil, me and Iryna) from a prior trip to Ukraine...


and some spirits along the way in Ukraine- to make you forget that this was your TV in the luxury suite of the best hotel in the tiny town of Rivna where the boy-es grandfather came from... LOL



our two rooms on the top floor-


room 421- our suite


November - NYC again


the view from our terrace one fall when we got the "upgrade" - we had wine there every night and the kids and friends stopped by - LOL- a great once in a lifetime treat...


a regular stop on the way out of town - Grand Central Oyster Bar....yum! love love love oysters!!!



December - a return to Cuba! this time with Phil!








My travel addiction is long standing and does not look like it will be abating anytime soon- so come on along... it will always be here at semifreelife now located at blog.semifreelife.com

Thursday, March 26, 2015

last night's play

last night we saw the Asolo production of Our Betters a play from 1917 by Somerset Maugham.


 
















and here is my review in brief- outstanding costumes, excellent set design, a number of good performances despite the fact that most of the characters were of questionable honesty and morality. I enjoyed the broadly comedic nature of the script, but Phil really didn't care for any of the characters and therefore found it less than entertaining. So the final tally- one thumbs up and one thumbs down... Still two more Asolo productions left in our season and one (for me) Florida Studio Theater play - along with many many films at the Sarasota Film Festival coming up 4/9-4/19.... so lots more to see and do before we leave for the northern season where we have three plays in the first five days after I arrive home for the summer... never a dull moment.