Breaking Pointe renewed for S2!

ATTENTION fellow dancers!

CW’s Breaking Pointe (2012) has been renewed for Season 2!

Details on when the second season will be produced have not yet been announced. And, according to Pedowitz, the premiere date has not yet been determined.

When it does return, fans will presumably not only get to see more dancing, but see what happened between dancers Allison DeBona and Rex Tilton after they broke up … and then, apparently, called off the break-up.

Ballet West will return to TV: The CW picks up Season 2 of ‘Breaking Pointe’ – The Salt Lake Tribune

I’m certainly looking forward to more performances put on by Ballet West, as well as inspiring dance moves. 😛

Update: 22 July 2013 is the premiere of S2!

Downton Abbey Cook’s Tea Tuesdays: Your Online Guide to Afternoon Tea

Read this to avoid making a fool of yourself at tea parties! 😉 This is your tea bible! Please note that you will have to click the “read more…” link for the entire online guide!

Downton Abbey Cooks

Every week I host Tea Tuesday, a virtual tea party which was inspired by Christine, a follower who lives in France, who was curious about English tea traditions. The British may have failed miserably in other culinary areas, but they excel in the tea ritual. Each Tuesday, I dish on Downton Abbey and share other topical tea issues one might discuss at tea, served up with a tea treat with a history.

The Online Guide will be updated weekly as I add new recipes, so bookmark and return to whenever you are looking for tea history and new recipe ideas.

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Schloß Nymphenburg

Price: 10€ for combo ticket; 8€ for students/ITYC
Website: www.schloss-nymphenburg.de/
Duration: Self-guided tour about 3hrs
About: This palace was the summer residence of Bavarian kings and electors.

  • Museum apartments – one floor of halls, antechambers, and bedchambers
  • Marstallmuseum & Porzellansammlung – carriages, sleighs, horse gear & porcelain table/wall decoration, table ware, etc.
  • Amalienburg – built for Electress Amalie as a hunting lodge in the rococo style. Best known for its circular “hall of mirrors”.
  • Badenburg – basically the bath house or swimming pool. Some of the interiors are Chinese.
  • Pagodenburg – the smallest “home”, mainly a resting place for the royals after a game of something similar to croquet. The style is rococo á la chinoise.
  • Magdalenenklause – a place for religious meditation, built in the style of Italian monastic ruins. Grotto-styled chapel styled with reefs and shells (must have been extraordinarily colourful and white at one time).
My photos

Residenz München

While the majority of the people were protesting the Atomkraft (nuclear?), B. & I spent close to 3 hrs wandering the vast castle. Although many of the rooms had been destroyed during WWII, there were still many rooms full of art, porcelain, interior decor, furniture – whatever was saved or preserved.  Visiting all these palaces make me wonder about all the other furniture and art in the other destroyed rooms. Plain white walls are so depressing and provide such a stark contrast to the richly renovated ornate rooms. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the visit very much!

Visited: Residenz München, incl. Schatzkammer (Treasury) & Cuvilliés-Theater
Price: 8€ (students, incl. <26 y.o. with ITYC); 11€
Website: www.residenz-muenchen.de/
Duration: Self-guided tour ca. 3 hrs
About: Originally a small moated castle from 1385, it gradually expanded to become the residence and seat of government for the Wittelsbach rulers (until 1918 with the end of the empire). Although many of the rooms had been destroyed during WWII, there were still plenty of rooms filled with art, porcelain, interior decor, furniture – whatever was saved or preserved.  Visiting all these palaces makes me wonder about all the other furniture and art in the other destroyed rooms. Plain white walls are so depressing and provide such a stark contrast to the richly renovated ornate rooms. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the visit very much!

Residenz: This took up 2/3 of the 3 hours spent at the residence. There were lots of rooms on display.
Schatzkammer: Treasure dating back to the 9th C. to the 19th/20th C.!
Cuvillies-Theater: Small baroque theatre; takes 5-10 min, depending on how long you like to admire interior designs.