If you remember back to my Goodbye Summer post, I said I was going to do three B’s this autumn. One of them was ballet at the Royal Opera House.
In fact, I was lucky to be at the Royal Opera House twice in one week.
Earlier on, I saw the Royal Ballet’s production of Manon, which was gloriously tragic. The costumes, the set and the dancers were all very beautiful. I am not a big ballet enthusiast and don’t go often. So, the night out with my friend, the Ex-Ballerina, felt very occasion-like. She told me that the ballet dancers work through a pair of pointe shoes a week when they’re performing! I thought it would be the toe bits that break, when in fact, it’s the sturdy arch support which bites the dust.
Later in the week, I went to a birthday afternoon tea with The Girls. The Royal Opera House started doing afternoon tea in the autumn, and it is a wonderful way to appreciate the building. I love the Paul Hamlyn hall with it’s mix of Victorian and modern architecture, and the oval bar running down the middle of the room. It’s the kind of place you want to stay longer to linger. I enjoyed the tea and the catch-up. The cakes and pastries weren’t overly sweet, which is how I like it. My favourite bits were the scones and plum jam. It’s definitely somewhere to take an out-of-towner.
~ Spotted Cow
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Those pastries are works of art (and have me drooling). The display of pointe shoes – wow, wow, wow! Up close and personal view of just how demanding ballet truly is! Loved the post 🙂
It’s a shame that such elegance and grace means that ballerinas have horrible feet ! Next time you come to London, we’ll go and do afternoon tea.
Wonderful shots. It must be a special feeling in there. A pair of shoes a week? You’d think they’d change brands. 🙂
I know, really !!!