• Upcomimg Trips

    July 9 to 12 To Rehobeth Beach with Susan and Craig. Possibly take in a visit to Chincoteague to sample the seafood.
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    June 13 Picnicked on The Great lawn in central Park to the music of The New York Philharmonic led by James Gaffigan. Great program with spectacular fireworks after the concert. The concert included two pieces composed by students from its education program — remarkable works (Bernstein style) from composers  11 and 12 years old respectively! They took their bows from the stage!



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New Year’s Fun on the QM2

Christmas celebrations on our voyage were lower keyed than I had anticipated, I should have realised  that the list of passengers included all nationalities and creeds.  But, we were served Xmas Pudding and Custard and everyone received a cracker containing a snap, motto, funny hat and a present! My present was a magnetic compass and I was reminded that the pace of change has overtaken even the Xmas cracker–The advent of GPS will make the humble compass obsolete before long, if it hasn’t done so already?.

However, the QM2 went to town on New year’s Eve when everybody could join in the fun. Great sacks of balloons wafted over our heads ready to rain down at the stroke of twelve and the noise from the noisemakers was deafening. The British New Year and several others, according to the nationality of the passenger group was celebrated in various parts of the ship as midnight rolled around the earth!

Who would guess that, inside this stately vessel, throngs were carousing and wearing funny hats?

Preparations for the party


Who could this be?

The tables are set

Famous celebrant with instruments

Adjustment needed!

Gingerbread village

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3 Responses

  1. Ben – you look great in that tux! Looks like you and Ethel had a great time.

  2. Susan. It was real fun. Perhaps you and Craig will join us next time?

  3. Loved looking at the photos of the QM2 and the Gem – it looks as if you both had a great time. I was going to so You look so handsome in your tuxedo Ben but I see Susan had the same thought!

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