I don't mean to demean Patchogue, bart, but it is not possible to get a decent latte there.
Now, now. I lived for quite a while in the Hamptons. For us, Patchogue was the Big Apple.
Perhaps not possible to get a decent latte but possible to get surprisingly good Italian food at the restaurant right next to the theater!
I love the RB so Iíve thought about trying to put together a trip to London to see them but havenít been able to pull that off yet. However I do travel quite frequently to see ballet, sometimes combining it with family visits and sometimes not.
I grew up with ballet in the late 60ís early 70ís when NY was the center of the ballet universe (or so it seemed) and Iím still not quite accustomed to the idea that great companies like the RB, Danish RB, Bolshoi & Kirov do North American tours and skip NY. So Iíve been traveling a lot recently to see them in Boston, DC, Chicago and LA. I also have family in South Florida and occasionally have been able to see the Miami City Ballet when I visit.
I guess LA has been the farthest Iíve traveled to see a performance and Patchogue the closest, however the trip to LA was definitely easier than the trip to Patchogue and probably cheaper than some of my trips to DC. The longest travel to performance ratio was last month when I traveled to and from Boston the same day to catch Pavlenko/Zelensky in a Kirov Swan Lake matinee. It was appx 8 hours of travel for a 3 hour performance and I spent the whole trip out thinking how insane I was for was doing it Ė especially since Iíd seen Pavlenko in Swan Lake the previous week (in Chicago, visiting my family). Then, when I got there I was privileged to see one of the most touching Swan Lakes Iíve ever witnessed, and immediately decided that it was well worth 8 hours of travel time. Iíd do it again in a heartbeat.
Right now Iím planning trips to DC for Obtraztsovaís Juliet and possibly for Osipovaís DQ and Krysanovaís Cinderella (if the Kennedy center ever posts the Bolshoiís casting so I can see if those dancers are even scheduled for the trip). So Iíd say that how far to travel and how many performances to see on a trip depend solely on your budget and taste for travel.
Oh yes, I forgot to mention that Iíve also had the pleasure of meeting fellow BT posters just about everywhere Iíve gone Ė a lovely bonus!