Only a few days after coming home from Rome last week, my sister, dad, and I were lucky enough to visit another amazing city in honor of our dad’s 60th birthday – New York. It had been about three years since I had last been there (graduating from college and moving to Italy can be time consuming) so I was really excited to have the chance to go back. New York is one of my favorite places in the world, on par with Rome, Bologna, and London. Much like Rome, there is always something different to do or see in the city – there are musicals, operas, and ballets to enjoy, museums to explore, sights to see, countless stores to shop in, and restaurants to try. New York City possesses a certain energy and feel that I love and that I haven’t found anywhere else. As happy as I am in Italy New York City is one place I would like to live in one day.
Lucky for us, New York is only a three hour drive from where we live in Rhode Island. Early Saturday morning, we left for the city. Our first order of the day was getting to the Metropolitan Opera House by 12:00 to see their production of The Marriage of Figaro. My dad has been an opera fan since he was little so we knew this would be the perfect way to spend his birthday weekend. Best of all, our friend Rachel recently made her Met debut in this production of the opera in the role of the Countess, so we were especially excited for the show. As expected, she and the other members of the cast did an amazing job (this is the Met after all) and the performance was beautiful – we also got to go backstage after the show to see Rachel, which was especially exciting for my dad, who has been to the seen many shows at the Met but never had had the opportunity to go behind the scenes. Thanks Rachel!!!