• Rotterdam,  Music

    Gustav Mahler’s 2nd Symphony during Lockdown

    On 14 May, 2020, a concert  by the Rotterdam Philharmonic commemorating 80 years since the bombing of the city of Rotterdam was to have taken place. We were to have performed  Mahler’s Second Symphony under the direction of our chief conductor Lahav Shani for this occasion. Much to my regret the concert didn’t take place due to the lockdown put in…

  • Art,  Paris

    The Louvre & it’s Galerie d’Apollon

    The Louvre The highlight of my free day in Paris was a visit to the Louvre. Although I visit Paris around 3 times a year, I considered the Louvre to be a major tourist attraction and kept avoiding it. I didn’t realise that under the beautiful glass pyramid designed by Ieoh Ming Pei, the Chinese-American architect that functions as the museum entrance from the…

  • Paris

    Eating out in Paris

    Dinner This time in Paris I made a dinner reservation at Les Enfants Rouges, a restaurant on the northern edge of Marais ( 9 rue de Beauce). It is a French restaurant run by a Japanese chef and has a cozy casual atmosphere, friendly and efficient service provided by the Japanese staff. Being Japanese myself, it was funny to experience the efficiency in a French restaurant! I…

  • Paris

    An elegant Airbnb at a special location

    My first experience of an Airbnb in Paris Airbnb is something I have never tried, and here comes my first experience! A friend found several addresses including the apartment  architect’s triplex/ Haut-Marais. The photos of this charming former artist’s atelier spread over 3 floors were too attractive so I had to give it a try. It was only about 13 minutes walk from Gare du…

  • Art,  Paris

    Le Marais, Paris in February

    Le Marais One of my favourite areas of Paris is the Marais district in the 3rd arrondissement. No matter what time of year it is that I am there, I am always enchanted by the charm of the vibrant streets with mixture of old architecture, modern stores, all sorts of people from around the world, and yet such a typical Parisian atmosphere. After…

  • London,  Music

    An evening at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

    The Sleeping Beauty by the Royal Ballet on 11 January 2020, 7:30pm The lively Covent Garden district has many theatres, restaurants and shops, and whenever I visit this place, it’s always full of people. This is one of my favourite areas to just walk around, watch street acts or music at the square with the Market in the centre, go…

  • London

    A walk through South bank ; the Southwark

    Walking is the best way to explore a city. This was my first time staying at a hotel in the south bank and it was nice to discover the area I didn’t know well. Usually when I visit London, I stay at hotels in my favourite area of Kensington, near the Royal Albert Hall, the Victoria and Albert Museum and…

  • London,  Art

    Mark Rothko Room at Tate Modern

    The artist Mark Rothko (1903–1970) was born in Dvinsk, Russia (now Daugavpils, Latvia) as Markus Yakovlevich Rothkowitz. He was of Lithuanian Jewish descent, emigrated to the USA in 1913, and from 1925 lived and worked in New York until he committed suicide in February,1970. His life was dramatic, immigrating at such a young age, having to deal with antisemitism and poverty…

  • London,  Theatre

    An evening at the Globe Theatre

    Richard III ( a play by William Shakespeare written in 1593 ) @ Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, 10 January 2020 , 7:30 pm performed by the excellent Globe Ensemble, featuring the superb acting of Sophie Russell in the role of Richard III. It was my first visit to this charming little theatre. The theatre itself is all made of wood and…

  • London

    London view from Primrose Hill

    A walk from Camden Town along the Regent’s Canal to the chic Primrose Hill Camden Town in the northern part of London has street markets, food stalls, live music and is always crowded with tourists. It’s a popular neighbourhood. Just a short walk along the Regent’s Canal westwards brings you to a surprisingly different and posh area: Primrose Hill. Like…