Hi friends and family,
Finally, a travel blog! We've been on the road for about a week, but it's been mostly busy schedules, work and 5 hours sleep a night, jet lag, different emergencies, so no time or energy to pound the keyboard.
We wouldn't normally choose to travel to Europe, especially Northern Europe, in the middle of winter, but the opportunity came up to meet Chuck Close in Belgium to do some weaving/filming, while at the same time we are having major work done on our house, so it wasn't too hard to convince us to go.
First stop was Palm Springs, where Deborah Oropallo is having a show, and where the gallery, Melissa Morgan, was also showing a number of Magnolia tapestries. The Palm Springs Museum of Art has a Deborah Oropallo tapestry and is pondering acquiring another major tapestry. The Museum's collectors group had a wonderful holiday dinner at the gallery. Dining at a long table, surrounded by tapestries, gave the banquet a festive, quasi-medieval feel. Don and Deborah were invited down to give a short talk. As well as Deborah, Stephen Nash was there, now director of the Palm Springs Museum, so some old friends.
Oropallo pieces seen in foreground and on side walls; Chuck Close tapestry on the other side of banquet table. More tapestries to either side of Chuck.
Left after the feast and drove to LAX, in preparation for a 6:30 am flight to NY (which as you can imagine means getting up at 4:30 am). Short layover in NY, while we waited for our Open Skies flight to Paris. This is a relatively new all business class airline, which I was excited to take. We had just settled into the Open Skies lounge when Don checked his messages. One of our credit card companies had called; apparently one of our major credit cards had been compromised. Someone had managed to get our card information and was using it fraudulently. Fortunately, for us, they weren't too bright, as the first thing they did was buy some porn, which sent up a red flag. The credit card company had to cancel our card and FedEx another one to the Belgian mill. Fortunately, we had brought some other cards.
For those who were curious, the Open Skies flight was very nice, very comfortable, especially after we figured out how to adjust the complicated seats. Here is Don enjoying his seat. Open Skies prices are much more reasonable than a regular business class seat.
Seats recline way back, but not totally flat. There is a small section with seat beds, but they were sold out. Food and drink is better than decent.