We toured to Cleveland for our first week of Nutcracker performances. From what I could tell, the city has perked up since we were there two years ago. Despite the bleak and rainy winter, obvious effort was spent to cheer up the place. A giant chandelier hung over the street, garlands adorned lamp posts, and a Christmas tree stood proudly in the square. We enjoyed the fabulous Cleveland Symphony Orchestra and some great restaurants. But the highlight of the trip for me was spending Thanksgiving at my Great Aunt and Uncle's beautiful lakeside home. Most of the company came and we had a lovely time. There was lots of home-cooked food and and home-brewed drink. There were two and a half deep fried turkeys.* We took turns using the massage chair and oogling baby Maxim. I was thankful to spend the holiday with family and friends. It's been over a week and today is still a perfect day for giving thanks. Happy Thanksgiving again!
*To those of you who are vegetarians, I applaud you. To those of you who aren't, you must try deep fried turkey! Amazingly tender and flavorful. The best ever!
Thank you to everyone who grabbed a camera and took these photos! Alberto? Raul? Cara?