“The Lightning Child” at Shakespeare’s Globe on Yom Kippur

I always moan about Yom Kippur beforehand, especially the 25-hour fast, but I do miss it when it's over. This year I was excited when I found what sounded like the perfect thing to do after all that abstention: go to The Lightning Child, Shakespeare's Globe's rock musical adaptation of The Bacchae. It somehow felt very appropriate to move from Judaism's biggest holiday of fasting and reflection to Euripides' play about over-the-top religious ecstasy and mob hysteria.

Orsino’s Illyria: Champagne and cocktails by the sea

The western tip of Rovinj's old town is very Viola, rocky and Adriatic (more on that later this week!), but the southern curve of the town really made me think of Orsino. It's bleary and luxurious, and there are a handful of cocktail bars and cafes right on the water.

‘Bordeaux, Not Boring’ wine tasting at Theatre of Wine

Theatre of Wine is the kind of shop where you stop in for a small bottle of bourbon on your way home and end up spending two and a half hours at a wine tasting...as I discovered on Wednesday.