ThursdayAnother fine but cold day with lectures for A and wrestling with wifi for Y. The internet connections either at the hotel or the convention centre give some illusion of normalcy, but sites come up very slowly and most tasks have to be postponed for better days. However, I took the Acer with me to wait out Arkee's engagements and managed to talk to Ella on skype with the aid of ear phones to cover the noisy background. We met with Margy for an intimate lunch at another exotic place which serves teas and food in various peculiar combinations – mine was called English service and included a quiche, a scone with jam and clotted cream and English tea on a three-tiered tower – see pic. (blog of Y's exotic lunches-A)
Arkee and I went to investigate the Contemporary Jewish museum. Two exhibits were very interesting: one of a scribe – female – writing a sefer torah – with a complete explanation of how it is done, samples of the tools needed and a video demonstration. The other was a collection of art that had been stolen by the Nazis from a Dutch collector and returned to the Dutch government. Finally, after forty years, 200 pieces - out of a thousand - had been returned to the family and a sample was being exhibited here. They were mostly Dutch masters of the 15th to 17th centuries and very lovely. We hope to go to another during the weekend when Maya is here.. It seems the Orsay is being refurbished and a huge collection of impressionists is being loaned around the world meanwhile, so we are in luck. This evening – yet another dinner with good friends. After all, someone has to take on these onerous tasks for the common good…
Friday AM Lovely dinner last night at The Stinking Rose with Barbara and Leo Stanger. Tonight we start the weekend with Fred and Mariel and Maya.