Today I think I will set aside my highfalutin pretentions of cleverness which I know must exasperate you all and give you what you really want—lots of pictures. I’ll try and include some of myself and some that I think were well taken (divesting myself of pretentions of cleverness even as I don the—probably less justified—pretensions of photographic savoir-faire).
I will, however, make a brief note about the Palais Garnier, the main opera house of Paris before they opened a bigger, more modern facility at the Place de la Bastille. But the Palais Garnier is famous for being the setting of the Phantom of the Opera and is still used primarily for the Paris Ballet. It is because of this last role that I bring it up, since last night I was fortunate enough to be able to see a ballet there—La Source, a ballet I had never seen and never heard of. The only ballet I had “seen” was the Nutcracker, but that was quite a while ago, and as some of you will have no trouble imagining, I somehow contrived to sleep through it. The ballet was gorgeous. Simply that. My new goal in life is to move as gracefully and intentionally in my day-to-day life as those dancers move on stage. No limb or finger ever misplaced.
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