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    May 2 to May 14 London vacation. We will be staying in the President Hotel, 56 - 60 Guildford Street, Russell Square, London, WC1N 1DB. Telephone : 020 7388 4443. Hope to see you all then.
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    April 11 Susan, Christine and I went to “The Tank” to see Celeste Cahn perform her work: “A lady does not scratch her crotch”, which she also wrote and directed. It was an intensely acted review of women’s historical and present day emotional and societal challenges. The title protests that a lady does not scratch her crotch, but this one did– and since her hand was covered in shaving cream at the time, the result was really messy!

    April 15 Peoples’ Concert at the Town hall. An all-Mozart concert given by the Peabody Chamber Orchestra. It was conducted with confident professionalism by Leon Fleisher in spite of his advancing years. He also played the solo piano in the A Major Concerto with his old sparkle still intact.


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City of Las Ramblas and the everlasting building of La Sagrada Familia is, in addition, the pickpocketing capital of the world. Several couples in our tourist group were affected–one couple was forced to abandon their cruise before it started because they were robbbed of their passports as well as their money and credit cards. I think this problem has not been seriously addressed by our Federal authorities: as the security rules now stand, carriers will not allow boarding under any circumstances unless one presents a machine readable passport. Photocopies not withstanding. Appeals to the consulate on a Sunday were not considered an emergency! Caution! While being distracted by the pictures which follow please keep an eye on your pocketbooks and wallets.

Current state of La Sagrada Famillia

Antoni Gaudi started building this church more than a hundred years ago. Work on it has continued ever since but it doesn’t seem to have progressed much since I first saw it some fifty years ago. The answer is the incredible baroque details being added to the structure. Here are some views of them:


Meanwhile, life on the ground continues as usual:



My balcony is not a patch on these old treasures

A mixture of ancient and modern architechture

Romance knows no bounds

The Chistopher Columbus monument--Symbol of Barcelona

These weeds are out of control!

New park under construction. Design associated with Jean Miro, I seem to remember



The sun sets over the Ithaca Hotel. We board the NCL "Gem" tomorrow


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