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    13-23 January, 2018 Cruise out of New York around the Caribbean on the Norwegian Gem. Note : this trip has been cancelled altogether because of the damage caused by the hurricanes to the Caribbean islands.

    October 31st - 11 November. Caribbean cruise to break up the winter. Note: The itinerary has not yet been determined owing to the havoc wreaked by the hurricanes.
  • theatre and Concerrts

    October 8 Went to BAM, for the first time since Ethel died, to hear a wonderful modern opera composed and written by Matthew Aucoin called “Crossing”. It is based on Walt Whitman’s experience and the libretto is largely taken from his poetry.

    The story is multi-themed, as modern plays tend to be; the first is a harrowing anti war depiction of the suffering wounded seen through Whitman’s eyes when he volunteered as a nurse during the American civil war; the second is Slavery and its effect upon a run-away slave who fights on the Union side; the third is treachery portrayed by a guilt-laden deserter who spies for the South. And forth, inevitably these days, is the (entirely fictional) homosexual one.

    The powerful music fits the story perfectly and the voices of the lead singers and the chorus is magnificent; Rod Gilfry, bass-baritone, sings the part of Walt Whitman, Alexander Lewis plays John Wormley, the deserter, and Davone Tines, whose baritone reminded me, distinctly, of the sound of the legendary Paul Robeson.  Both Christine and I were extremely moved by the work. We newly discovered Walt Whitman’s poetry, too.

    October 20. Thanks to the invitation of our friend Francia, who is a member, we went to the Diller-Quaile School of Music to listen to a chamber concert given by the Diller-Quaile String Quartet. The program was comprised of Haydn and Debussy quartets; played magnificently by very experienced and talented musicians in an intimate. and perfectly designed, music space. Chatting with the musicians after the concert added to a first class evening.

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Petra

PReg

The so-called Treasury

      Ever since I saw a  picture and description of the famous Treasury in the National Geographic many years ago, I have wanted to travel to Petra to see it for myself. At last an opportunity came when Grand Circle Travel added Petra to the itinerary of their Egypt package. The original purpose of the Treasury is not known but the pediment is scarred with bullet holes made by later occupiers who believed that they would trigger the release of the hoard of treasure thought to be hidden there.

P1     The narrow gorge which contains the carved city is nearly two miles from the park entrance. It is reached over a rocky dirt path and the remains of a Roman cobbled road. A daunting  journey for geriatrics. Younger ones took donkeys and camels, younger ones still, hired horses. We took  an iron horsedrawn carriage and this was a nightmare experience with the carriage bouncing in the air and the horse, driven at a gallop, slipping and sliding over the rocks and cobble stones.

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Ampitheatre carved completely out of the rock!

Dwellings?

Dwellings?

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Transport

Transport

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Patient rides

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Reluctant Ethel poses as near the camel as she dare

Reluctant Ethel poses as near the camel as she dare

This entrepreneur waited for customers at the end of the trail. He knew that people who had walked down would never make it back up!

This entrepreneur waited for customers at the end of the trail. He knew that people who had walked down would never make it back up!

Plast

Finally, a glimpse of Alexandria from the air as we flew back to New York. What are those red patches, I wonder?

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One Response

  1. Dear Ben,

    what a fabulous place Petra is, even as it withstands the sands of time! Your pictures do it great justice and I thank you so much for letting me see it through your eyes. I am currently reading your Pow stories – harrowing and fascinating all at once. sometimes I look across the span of generations and wonder what the young men of today could possibly teach those such as yourself? Enjoy your upcoming vacations and wish Ethel a speedy recovery from me. Best regards,

    Sandya (Apt. 10D)

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