Sunday, 30 October 2011

Fire (works)

Lee, me, mother-in-law, aunty Colette, Aisling, Sarah and Donna all went to see the fireworks at the Ecos Centre in Ballymena. I like fireworks. They're always awfully dramatic.

I said I was doing it to keep Sarah company, but really, I love the tea cups!

Thursday, 27 October 2011

European Ballet - The Nutcracker at the Braid

I've been wanting to go to the ballet for ages, regularly checking the Grand Opera House website the whole year to no avail. So when I found the events guide for the Braid lying on the canteen table, I pounced on it with glee, which turned to even more joy when I found the European Ballet was doing the Nutcracker in October. So last night pretty much all the female members of the family, divided into a few cars arrived at the Braid for the festivities. 

All I've ever known about The Nutcracker was learned from my old Christmas Story Tellers I had when I was a kid, which turned out to be really accurate as far as the story line went. I wasn't disappointed at all, and the European Ballet People had a lot of living up to do to those old Story Tellers. Tchaikovsky too, can never disappoint. I love him.

I took these few sneaky photos, which weren't easy in a darkened room and moving dancers. They wouldn't keep still for long enough for me. I took some video clips too. 

I'm sad that no where teaches ballet to over 18 year olds. My ballet days are long behind me. If I ever have a daughter, she shall do ballet and I shall live vicariously though her. 

France Randoms

(Probably) the last of my France photos. As I said, I have too many, so I selected a few more to just dump on here.

I took these on our second night on our way into Cordes. Kalle told us it'd take us half an hour to get there, but it was more like an hour and a half. By the time we'd reached the top of the town we were exhausted and sweaty. Not the best way to go for dinner at the hotel restaurant. 

At the restaurant Kalle and Anke took us to. Good local food with the local people, finished off with the chefs schnaps.
Lee & Kalle

And this was the night we broke open the 'tashes and got silly. We played 'Mrs & Mrs', the travel version, drank some wine and laughed a lot.

I want to go back to France.

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

France - Albi & Gaillac

Day three (or day four?) in France, Lee and I visited Albi. It was the only day it rained, so we took shelter at La Table Du Sommelier where I had a traditional steak and chunky chips and a huge glass of red wine (which is of course, pictured further below)

On the last day in France, we finally found a market in Gaillac. But by then, it was too late to buy stuff to cook for our dinners. Anyway, if we'd bought market food, we wouldn't have eaten at so many restaurants.

Monday, 24 October 2011

City in the sky - Cordes-sur-Ciel

We were staying a couple of kilometres outside Cordes-sur-Ciel, a medieval hilltop 'bastide' town. The cobbled streets leading to the top were so steep and climbing to the top a real workout. It was all worth it though, every street and every corner has something beautiful to see. I'm a real sucker for a medieval town.

This is where we came for our pastry/bread supplies. The p√Ętisserie at the bottom of town made the prettiest cakes!