Wanderlust

20th February
2010
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(img: Sean Patrick Doyle)

(img: Sean Patrick Doyle)

The Castelo affords the best views in all of Lisbon.  After spending a week gazing up at it, David and I finally made the trek up the hill, through the Alfama, to the shaded courtyards and fortified walls.  Nowhere else is the history of this city so palpable…. from the Moors in the 9th Century to the crusaders of the 12th Century, these grounds were central to Lisbon life for over a thousand years.  The walls protected kings, housed prisoners, you name it.  And the view, of course, is breathtaking!

This entry concludes our adventures in Lisbon.  Although not featured with individual entries, David and I also had lovely meals at the pricey Conventual, the chic Sacramento de Chiado, and the airy Restaurante Mercado de Santa Clara (mentioned in Frances Mays’ A Year in the World).  I still have to post updates from three days in Madrid that followed, and I fear I’m terribly behind!  But stay tuned, because these past few weeks in New York have been wonderful (and delicious!), with trips to Le Cirque, Mercer Kitchen, and the crown jewel… Per Se!

14th February
2010
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While wandering through Chiado after dinner, David and I spotted a young skateboarder perfecting aerials outside the Gothic Convento do Carmo (img: Sean Patrick Doyle)

While wandering through Chiado after dinner, David and I spotted a young skateboarder perfecting aerials outside the Gothic Convento do Carmo (img: Sean Patrick Doyle)

3rd February
2010
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While walking through the winding streets of Alfama to Graca and Santa Clara, this pattern-on-pattern scene caught my eye.  I couldn't stop looking up the entire time we were in Lisbon.  These stunning azulejos (hand painted, tin-glazed ceramic tiles) adorn virtually every building, from churches and train stations to ordinary homes... and the hanging laundry only adds to the charm. (img: Sean Patrick Doyle)

While walking through the winding streets of Alfama to Graca and Santa Clara, this pattern-on-pattern scene caught my eye. I couldn't stop looking up the entire time we were in Lisbon! The stunning azulejos (hand painted, tin-glazed ceramic tiles) adorn virtually every building, from churches and train stations to ordinary homes... and the hanging laundry only adds to the charm. (img: Sean Patrick Doyle)

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1st February
2010
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This was the view of the Baixa from our bedroom window in

This was the view of the Rossio and the Baixa from our bedroom window in Lisbon. It took my breath away every morning of our trip. Click for a larger view!

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25th January
2010
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(img: Sean Patrick Doyle)

(img: Sean Patrick Doyle)

This was the view as we descended into Calgary’s airport for my final week with Fiddler on the Roof. Looks promising doesn’t it? Just an ominous opening to a pretty dismal final week.   I’ve spent the last week in Portugal, shaking off the tour blues with my hunny.  I’m looking out our bedroom window onto Rossio, catching up on emails and Skyping family back home, and I thought it might be nice to officially cap off the tour with a final entry.  My next entries will divulge all of the yummy adventures we are having here in Lisbon. And at 60 degrees F, there’s not a flake of snow to be found! :)

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16th January
2010
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Toronto has its own little Times Square at Dundas and Yonge (img: Sean Patrick Doyle)

Toronto has its own little Times Square at Dundas and Yonge (img: Sean Patrick Doyle)

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6th December
2009
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(img: Sean Patrick Doyle)

(img: Sean Patrick Doyle)

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6th December
2009
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(img: Sean Patrick Doyle)

(img: Sean Patrick Doyle)

My time in Boston was quite rushed and frantic.  I had to return to New York for several audition appointments, so I ended up taking the midnight bus back to NYC on several occasions.  I would audition the next morning and hop on the last Acela Express I could catch before showtime.  It was utterly exhausting (But, it appears to have paid off… news to come!).  On our last day in town, I opted for a later flight and took time to explore the Commons, Newberry Street, parts of the Freedom Trail, and historic Beacon Hill.  It was a crisp fall day, and the colors around me were a feast for the eyes!

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2nd November
2009
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(img: Sean Patrick Doyle)

(img: Sean Patrick Doyle)

(img: Sean Patrick Doyle)

(img: Sean Patrick Doyle)

During our two weeks in Baltimore, I spent quite a few evenings wandering the cobbled streets of historic Fells Point, first inhabited in 1670.  It has the same charm as Georgetown or Old Town Alexandria — and an endless array or quirky shops, coffee houses and restaurants.

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1st September
2009
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"Founded in 1917, Portland’s International Rose Test Garden is the oldest official, continuously operated public rose test garden in the United States. In the beginning, even though World War I was raging in Europe, hybridists sent roses from around the world to Portland’s garden for testing and to keep the new hybrids safe from being destroyed by the bombing in Europe."  Here, among these lovely blooms, I spotted this little guy diggin for gold!  Since picking the roses is forbidden, I guess he found a worthy alternate!

"Founded in 1917, Portland’s International Rose Test Garden is the oldest official, continuously operated public rose test garden in the United States. In the beginning, even though World War I was raging in Europe, hybridists sent roses from around the world to Portland’s garden for testing and to keep the new hybrids safe from being destroyed by the bombing in Europe." Here, among these lovely blooms, I spotted this little guy diggin' for gold! Since picking the roses is forbidden, I guess he found a worthy alternate!

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