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"The heart has its reasons of which reason knows nothing" Blaise Pascal
The 14th is not merely a brilliant idea of Halmark Cards. Rather, the day has a special link to Roman history, to Christianity and to romance. Today, Business Insider Australia spells out this history: The Reason behind hearts & flowers.
However, tomorrow, the 14th or any day, you can take your Sweetie to several charming scenes for a delicious repast! For most, bookings are essential:
Start off the morning with an elegant tea at ByGone Beautys
Sunshine or Snow -- A teapot at ByGone Beautys
Perhaps Flower-Pot Scones might be your idea of saying 'I love you'. . . Wayzgoose Cafe owns the market on the delicate beauties.
If you love a garden and an historic setting, tea at Everglades Gardens Tearoom fits the bill. While in the heat we have been experiencing this summer, Everglads has seen cooler days as the photo below proves!
For elegant dining, Leura offers some of the best:
The Rooster Restaurant with a terrific lookout over the escarpment will also make the evening special with musicians, flowers and candlelight.
Bon Ton Bistro and its gorgeous outdoor venue is a favourite and the wine selection will please those conniseurs of the grape.
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The Alex (Alexandra) at the top of the Mall offers a beautiful view across Leura and out to the escarpment. Great dining and wine for a lovely lunch or dinner at perhaps the oldest of Leura's settings.
And last but definitely not least, The Embers at the Fairmont Resort is the special place to wine and dine your loved one in 2017
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'Oh Never was there a queen so mightly betrayed!
Yet at the first I saw the treasons planted.'
Sport for Jove opens its Shakespear Festival at Everglades, Saturday 14 July.
When In Rome. . . Julius Caesar alternating with performances of Shakespeare's Anthony and Cleopatra
Directed by Michael Pigott and Damien Ryan
Sport for Jove’s acclaimed Summer Shakespeare Season, now in it’s 8th successful year, has become a must-see on the NSW theatrical calendar. This year we go on a Roman Holiday – the epic tale of Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra, told together in the frenzy and accessibility of the Festival atmosphere, outdoors and full of feasting and invention.
Shakespeare looked to the Roman past not out of historical curiosity but to awaken us to the struggles, fears and possibilities of our present – our relationships to power, to loyalty, to freedom, to violence, to idealism and to civic duty. But above all he turned to the famous characters and events of an ancient age in order to imagine new futures –
Scenes from Everglades Gardens
“How many ages hence shall this, our lofty scene, be acted over in states unborn and accents yet unknown”
Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra are two of his greatest plays – famed for their clarity, political modernity, poetry and their extraordinary pantheon of characters, real men and women who defined the very pulse of their age and who are rekindled in the possibilities of every political leader and every political machination of the 21st Century. Julius Caesar, Cleopatra, Mark Antony, Augustus, Portia, Cassius, Brutus, Agrippa. Their rise and thunderous fall threw down to us a set of challenges we may never master. How do we lead a nation? How do we follow a leader? What sparks revolution? What suppresses it? What price freedom…?
And as the merry-go-round of the Australian Prime Ministership has shown in recent years, politics is as personal as life itself. Love, hate, betrayal, sacrifice, lust, confusion, tyranny – power is a fragile house of cards and every nation stands in its trembling shadow.
Join us outdoors this summer for a rampaging look at Rome’s eternal lessons for our contemporary lives.
Performance Dates :Julius Caesar - January 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 28, 29
Antony & Cleopatra - January 14, 15, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29