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    February 20. At Christine’s prompting, and, offer to go to the box office for Family Circle tickets, we went to see the Met’s production of Parsifal–from 6.00 to 11.30! It is a modern production for the new generation of opera-goers (the ones that hoot and holler at slightest excuse to the detriment of all others’ listening concentration). Modern dress  clashes horribly with the ancient myth of the story line, and state-of-the art lighting and staging effects  enlighten and intrigue the semi gloom in which the action(?) of  all three acts take  place. I was pleasantly impressed with the singing cast and  thought that it compared favorably with the greats of my younger days.

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    February 21.  Saw “Amy and the Orphans” at The Roundabout Theatre. It is a story of parents’  tussle with the agony of caring for a child with Down syndrome and the adult siblings’ efforts to atone for their parents’ weakness. Wonderfully convincing acting all round and written with great humour to counter the guilt dialalogue of the characters.

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QM2’s Caribbean

Tumbling pastels and shopping fields

The Caribbean is rapidly becoming the exclusive domain of the big cruise vessels. The Island administrations are furiously developing deep water docks to accommodate the increasing number and size of the ships and, of course,  the contiguous shopping precincts with their strings of  jewellry, perfume and liquor boutiques to attract the passengers as they disgorge  from their floating hotels– Spending just a short hour or two before sailing on the next island port. The idyllic vision of  a sleepy, palm strewn,  paradise has long faded. Minor features , such as a twenty foot waterfall or a 1,500 foot peak are touted as if they were the Niagara Falls or Everest!

I avoid the shopping mills like the plague– Content to wander on foot around whatever bits of the old places that are left. Otherwise, I stay on board and enjoy a leisurely view from the the bridge (Or an upper deck, anyway).

Curacao, though, is still worth disembarking for. The pastel tints of the buildings tumbling from the hills to the water’s edge are a painters’ heaven–A postcard subject at every turn! Most of the following views are from Curacao.

Title theme


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Local enterprise

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Construction on-going

Nestled up to the island

Added attraction!

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Even the modern bridge conforms!

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Lost passenger?


Conch shells still fascinate!

Changing mood

View from the bridge (nearby)

Surviving entrepreneurs

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