Monthly Archive for July, 2009

It is difficult to conjure a more agreeable way to pass a summer afternoon than in the presence of accomplished musicians on sun-washed rolling lawns shaded by ancient pines. At Tanglewood, an estate in Lenox in The Berkshires devoted to performance and education since 1937, attendees have polished the experience to highest sheen. They arrive [...]

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Alhambra Under Snow

Granada was the last major Spanish city held by the Muslim armies which once occupied the entire Iberian peninsula and marched almost to the gates of Paris. They were rolled back over nearly eight centuries, but the pace of the Reconquest was agonizingly slow, and the cream of the Arab mercantile and artisan classes migrated [...]

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Normally, people don’t visit Montréal for the weather, but in spite of it. But by happy circumstance, we arrived there under porcelain blue skies and temps in the 70s, leaving sixteen days of continuous rain back in the Lower Hudson Valley. It stayed that way for six days. I’ve been writing about Québec since 1991, [...]

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Party Rules

We’ve avoided throwing large parties the last few years – too much work, too expensive. But on the principle that our time and energy are in ever shorter supply, we geared up last month and filled a couple of tables with food and two ice coolers with wine and beer. It went well, we thought, [...]

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