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Boston Symphony opens its 143rd season with a series of “mixes”

Boston Symphony Orchestra opened its 143rd Season last week with a series of 10 concerts (October 5–21) conducted by its Music Director Andris Nelsons (now in his 10th season with the Orchestra). This early fall series will feature both classical favorites as well as prominent contemporary composers – performed in Boston Symphony Hall– one of …

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Boston Ballet opens its 60th Season with all-modern FALL EXPERIENCE

Boston Ballet opens its 60th Season with FALL EXPERIENCE-  a program of 4 unique modern ballets. The Company has been known for its work with  leading modern choreographers from different parts of the world, but I feel that this program is its most unique  to date.  The evening went by in the blink of an …

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Amalfi Coast for Beginners: four day itinerary (without a car)

Last summer we spent 4 nights on Amalfi coast of Italy and it was as strikingly scenic as we have imagined it (it was also very crowded– but more about that later).  I have been dreaming about visiting Amalfi coast (Unesco World Heritage Site)  for a long time but was uncomfortable with the idea of …

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Three concerts in one weekend or how I almost fell asleep at the Opera (and it wasn’t frowned upon)

Tanglewood music center in Massachusetts Berkshires has been part of our summer weekends for over 10 years now.  This is as long as our younger kid Viv can remember!  We love everything about Tanglewood – diverse summer programming, that you can dress up or down, that you can enjoy the concerts while relaxing at the …

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Social Distancing Vacation to Sarasota Florida

Family Vacation in Sarasota, Florida (with video)

At the end of May 2020, after 10 weeks of quarantine in our Massachusetts home, we drove for 22 hours straight to Sarasota, Florida to get a little bit of sun and fresh air.  We enjoyed it so much, we have since returned several times (it is now our favorite area for Florida vacations!). Getting …

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Don Quixote opens the spring season at Boston Ballet

Boston Ballet started its spring season with Nureyev’s Don Quixote (March 16-26), a full-length, three-act story ballet with a long history with the company. (Music by Ludwig Minkus, adapted and arranged by John Lanchbery). Don Quixote the ballet is only loosely based on the namesake book by the 17th century Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes …

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My Favorite things to do on Sao Miguel Azores (as a non-hiker)

We have recently spent 4 days on Sao Miguel island in the Azores.  Azores (an autonomous region of Portugal) is a 9-island archipelago located in the Northern Atlantic Ocean, some 870 miles west of Lisbon. Volcanic Azores are known for its hiking trails but as a non-hiker I was worried about finding things to do to …

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(2023 Updates are Coming this Weekend) The Nutcracker Ballet: Boston for the Holidays

This past weekend our family embraced winter holidays-22 with Mom-daughter visit to the Nutcracker at Boston Ballet (now-December 31, Boston Opera House).  Boston Ballet’s 2012 version of the beloved classic is staged by its Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen with original set and costume designs by award-winning Robert Perdziola. Attending the Nutcracker together is our long-standing …

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