Sunday, January 31, 2016
We met Bob and Fran some number of years ago in Australia through Flyertalk.
Since then, we've gone on wine tours with them in Washington State and Alsace. Last Fall they stayed overnight with us on their way between Seattle and Vancouver, suggesting we would enjoy attending the opera Norma at the Florida Grand Opera in January. Did we ever!
We drove from their lovely waterfront home in Boca Raton the hour or so to the Adrienne Arscht Center, a rather magnificent facility.
Once we handed the rental car over to the valets, we enjoyed the convenience of dining on-site. The joint was busy, the seating was tight, the food was satisfactory, but the company was excellent.
Chicken something or other...
From there we entered the auditorium / theater itself. It's definitely impressive. Understandably, no photos are allowed during the actual performance, but we snapped a few beforehand, including one of a bass (contrabass?) trombonist warming up. It was easy as we literally had front-row seats.
As to the opera itself, it was wonderful. Like a Michelin three-star restaurant, it was worth a trip. The production, coupled with a lovely visit with Bob and Fran, add up to a 2016 travel highlight - and it's only January.
We caught part of the pre-opera talk, and stuck around after the performance for an interesting question-and-answer session with the conductor, three of the four lead singers, and a couple of the backstage big shots.
Posted by Kathy and Brian at 12:40 PM
Friday, January 29, 2016
Thursday, January 28, 2016
Sunday, January 24, 2016
Leaving SFO on Alaska 313 at 6:50 a.m. That's a full moon to which our photo can't do justice...
A light breakfast SFO-SEA...
Leaving SEA on AS 2486...
Mt. Baker 'peaking' out above the clouds...
Final approach into BLI...
We've "deplaned" (what a word) from the Horizon Bombardier Q400 at Bellingham and waiting for our gate-checked bag. We're home - for two sleeps.
Posted by Kathy and Brian at 11:55 AM
Saturday, January 23, 2016
Friday, January 22, 2016
It was rainy and windy when we took off from Bellingham on a Horizon Q400 this morning, and just a little brighter in Seattle.
We have a long enough layover in Seattle before boarding our San Francisco flight that we could try out the new Alaska Boardroom for the first time.
Posted by Kathy and Brian at 1:36 PM