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    September 7 to 15 Tony and Jo will visit us from the UK

    13-23 January, 2018 Cruise out of New York around the Caribbean on the Norwegian Gem

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    July 1  Saw “Napoli, Brooklyn” by Meghan Kennedy at the Laura Pels Theatre. It is based upon a real-life disaster, the surprise staging of which, is mind shattering! However, the story line has a surfeit of themes added; religious brain-washing, the effect of a bullying husband and father and lesbian freedom. None of these is fully convincing in spite of the excellent acting of the cast.

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Barcelona

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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