In personal news, Adam Tooze and I finally got hitched in February! Keep an eye out for our wedding featured in the upcoming July edition of The Knot Magazine, where you may recognize some of these photos.
What is the Edinburgh Fringe?
It is the world's largest arts festival transforms Scotland's capital every August, as thousands of performers take to hundreds of stages all over the city to present shows of all kinds and for every taste. As you will see from the video, “on the whole is it’s one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen. It’s like a playground for the imagination. It like a massive fun house. It’s one of the most important melting pots for ideas in the world (for the last 70 years!) You can go see anything—circus, dance, cabaret, comedians, actors, buskers…from a serious drama to juggling, to a clown act to a naked drag queen. They cater for every taste.”
What makes it special?
Totally open-access, the Fringe is proud to include in their program anyone with a story to tell and a venue willing to host them.
Audiences can enjoy theatre, comedy, dance, circus, cabaret, children's shows, physical theatre, musicals, opera, music, spoken word, exhibitions and events.
It's a magnet for creative producers, the industry and the media making it the biggest and most dynamic international arts market in the world.
What is the Military Tattoo? The Tattoo is an iconic Edinburgh institution, and a sellout year after year after year. Music, dance and precision display with the Massed Pipes and Drums, the Massed Military Bands, cultural troupes, singers and the poignant refrain of the Lone Piper against the stunning backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.
What makes it special?
Each year's Tattoo is very much a 'global gathering' - showcasing the talents of musicians and performers from every corner of the globe.
Each and every Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is different from the last. The Tattoo embraces different themes; nature, creativity and Scotland's homecoming are just some of the concepts explored in recent times.
More than 14 million people have attended the Tattoo, with an annual audience of around 220,000. In addition, around 100 million people see the Tattoo each year on international television. Not a single performance of the Tattoo has ever been cancelled.
Here are some fun James Bond clips that were filmed at places we are going to visit as a part of the upcoming Switzerland and Italy: Lakes and Mountains Soirée 2018
On Her Majesty's Secret Service - Ski Scene
On Her Majesty's Secret Service at Piz Gloria
Casino Royale at Balbianello
Check out Wine Roads & War Stories study leader Professor Adam Tooze on PBS's "Making Sen$e"
Teamed up with Yale Educational Travel, Conley & Silvers created a month long immersion program in Umbria this summer. Thirty strong, we enjoyed living in ancient Amelia, a charming hill town with gracious and welcoming citizens. We enjoyed day trips and weekend excursions throughout the region. Our rich program included private concerts, educational tours, a book club, Italian Film screenings and lessons of all types including Italian cooking, Italian language, Art History & Architecture, Italian film, Tuscan and Umbrian wine appreciation, pecorino cheese making, glass jewelry making, yoga, painting, fresco making, hiking, and lectures on Italian History and Politics by Professors Harvey Goldblatt and Adam Tooze.
A sublime scouting trip to Champagne to prepare for 2017 Soirée. With Lionel and Dominique Michelin, I visited the big names in Champagne as well as some of the boutique houses. We had a mind bending tasting at the incomparable Selosse, where everything is art even down to the mold on the cellar walls. The expansive chalk cellars are deeply impressive and stretch for miles underground, some still engraved with graffiti from the soldiers and resistance who took shelter here during the World Wars. I cannot wait to return here with guests in May and share the discoveries.
New York City 2016, this is our year!
This October, the Conley & Silvers headquarters officially moved to its new home, New York City.