On Saturday evening a friend and I got to experience the sheer joy and wonder of a child going to a ballet for the first time, and in a magnificent building too.
She walked into the entrance of Stockholm's Opera House and said "it's so beautiful!". We sat on a seat waiting for our friend and studied the details in the ceilings, she was fascinated.
Our friend arrived and we took her up to look at the costumes, she was enchanted.
The ballet itself, Coppelia, delighted her. And us.
And she was thrilled to see the photo and the write up in the paper the next day, and know that the prima ballerina was none other than fellow-Melbournian Nicole Rhodes.
All in all it was a wonderful way to spoil a little girl, and for us to indulge in living life through a child.
If you are at all tempted, tickets are available from 160 sek, half price for children and youth (up to 26!!). It is a long way between the seats and the stage but can make for a cheap, magical outing.
And intermission in the cafe adds to the excitement and the luxury.