Day 991: Krakow

Laetitia led a tour to Krakow, Poland.  It is a modern, vibrant city with lovely parks and market squares bustling with life.  Laetitia’s tour focused on the city’s UNESCO sites and other scenes exemplifying Krakow’s history and culture.  Oskar Schindler’s metal-stamping factory is there and is now a museum.  It portrays a grim period in the history of Poland and humankind with one bright spot.  Schindler was a Nazi with ethics who was able to save many of his mostly-Jewish employees from the Nazi death camps because they were making shell casings and mess kits for the war effort and because the corrupt Nazi establishment readily accepted bribes.

Poland is famous for its vodka so Laetitia ended the tour with a vodka tasting.

Now Poland exudes style and dash
And its markets and food have panache
And its vodka’s preferred
Where “nostrovia” is heard
In the land where the zloty is cash.

Day 990: Dairy Air

On a road trip in the rural Midwest, did you ever arrive at a motel in an idyllic setting only to fine that it was downwind of a feedlot?  Laetitia did and it inspired this limerick.

As you drive ‘cross the prairie somewhere
And you seek a motel, please take care
That its locale is not
Downwind from a feed lot
‘Less you like the reek of dairy air.

Day 989: Santa Fe Opera 3

On the third night of Laetitia’s Santa Fe Opera tour, the production was Handel’s Alcina.  It premiered at Covent Garden in London in 1735.  It’s a tale of sorcery and faithless love.  As is common with eighteenth century operas, it has beautiful music but not much action.  It has trouser roles (women playing male parts) one of which was written for a castrato, which were common in Handel’s day.  This was a French production livened by acrobats, sight gags, and shadow play.

Alcina done at Santa Fe
With acrobats and shadow play
And its magical lands
And sorceress red hands
Is a treat for the opera gourmet.

Day 988: Santa Fe Opera 2

On the second night of Laetitia’s Santa Fe Opera tour, the production was Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Golden Cockerel, which premiered in Moscow in 1909.  Outside Russia, it is generally known as Le Coq d’Or.  It’s a satirical tale about an arrogant and incompetent czar whose amorous pursuit of a neighboring queen leads to the loss of his kingdom.  He has a number of characteristics in common with certain modern politicians.

Opera Golden Cock (Coq d’Or)
Is a tale of a fool bumbling Czar
Who with lustful ardor
Gives away the whole store.
Politics today hasn’t come far.