LONDON: Wimbledon or Glastonbury? That was my version of Sophie’s Choice come June. What turned the tide was a) a friend able to score me tickets for the tennis b) my favorite hotel ever, London’s Athenaeum, had installed a “living wall” by French sculptural botanist Patrick Blanc across its Piccadilly facade and c) it had been a year since I was in London and I was craving a good dose of theater. Glasto’s 40th anniversary comes around in 2010, so I guess I’ll have to make a point of getting back to London before next June.
MONTREAL: This city was such a study in contrasts. How I loved the international jazz festival. (And the egalitarian free-for-all it embodies is well represented by this photo taken from my hotel room) But as a city? Meh. What a disappointment.