The fall turned out to be very busy. Concerts were happening in halls, and restaurants were open indoors, all of course allowed if you were vaccinated. And we were. So we decided to attend an absolutely brilliant concert of the Sondheim musical Follies. My dear friend, Richard Ouzounian, had been telling us about the performance […]Read more "Autumn in the City"
We got back from our trip to Spain about a month ago, and I finally sorted all the pictures, and am now ready to tell you about our wonderful vacation. Arriving home is not nearly as much fun as arriving at our destination. First off, there is the time change, that is, Europe is ahead […]Read more "Spain and other wonderful locales Pt. 1"
It finally feels like summer here in Toronto and it is glorious. Since we returned from Florida in late April, we have enjoyed many wonderful cultural events. I like to attend the spring opera offerings of The Canadian Opera Company, and this year we saw Puccini’s La Bohème and Verdi’s Otello. Both were excellent productions. […]Read more "Summer in the City 2019 Part. Two"
If you have been following my East Africa blogs: https://suddenly70.ca/2019/02/09/wonderful-trip-to-east-africa-pt-1/ and https://suddenly70.ca/2019/03/21/wonderful-trip-to-east-africa-pt-2/ you might remember that after our time at Ngorongoro Crater we planned to head to a tented camp. We knew very little about this camp except that we had confidence in Roar Africa, our travel advisor. We were simply delighted when we arrived. We […]Read more "Wonderful Trip to East Africa Pt. 3"
I have been a snowbird since I was a tot. If you have read my book see: Aria: Song of a Life at riki-turofsky.com, you might remember my stories of travelling each winter down to Florida with my family for spring training of the then Toronto Maple Leafs baseball team. My father was a photographer, […]Read more "My Florida Part 1"
After our wonderful visit to Angkor Wat, see my previous blog, https://suddenly70.ca/2017/07/06/the-incredible-angkor-wat/,we flew into Saigon or Ho Chi Minh City as it is now called, and found ourselves in an extremely busy airport. This narrow country has a land area of 128,000 sq. miles, and a population of 90 million people. Canada for example, […]Read more "More Notes From the Sea: Vietnam"
Years ago Charles and I, our three sons, and my father-in-law, sailed together on a rented bare boat in the Caribbean. We loved our adventure, and when we swiftly passed by a cruise ship we all said we would never travel that way. Never say never. Soon after that, one of our dearest friends was […]Read more "Notes From The Sea"
Saturday morning cappuccinos, croissants, and eggs in the funky restaurant at the Palazzo Vittoria in Verona, and we are ready to depart for Florence. Car brought around, we load up and head off for our two and a half hour journey. En route Charles is trying to get us to make a diversion to Modena […]Read more "Viva Italia Part 3"
After our marvellous east coast visit to Newfoundland last summer, (see Oh Canada) we decided to give equal time to the glorious west coast of British Columbia, namely Vancouver Island. One of my fondest memories of Victoria was years ago, when my daughter Carrie was alive, and a boisterous 3-year-old. I was singing with the […]Read more "More Oh Canada"
When I buy a new car I expect it to run for a few years before I have to fix anything major. It is the same for household appliances, bikes, computers, roofs, grass. You name it. Everything has a design life or so it seems; even us. The list of parts and repairs that we […]Read more "Invasion of the Body Parts"