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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

    October 31st - 11 November Caribbean cruise to break up the winter.
  • theatre and Concerrts

    August 2  I lined up on the geriatrics bench to get tickets for Christine and me at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park last week. I set out early and reached the bench  before 9.30 in the morning thinking that I would be among the first–I did not want a repeat of the great disappointment of the previous week when the last ticket to be given out at noon went to the man immediately in front of Susan and myself! But I was wrong again; the bench was already two thirds full of aggressive oldies and I was once again on tenterhooks until the noon distribution. I was joined by Christine’s friend, Barbara, who , with her husband, were to make a foursome for the event. Both couples brought a bottle of wine to enhance the evening.

    And what an evening it was! Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Nights Dream” has never been done better in my view. Absolutely suited to the outdoor theatre. The set included a fairy forest with changing colored lights which added mystery to the actors who passed in and out of it. The cast included a nightclub singer. The costumes, not confined to one era, included a modern suit and gown.

    The mechanicals were a child’s delight. Part fairy tale, part pantomime the action was played at a spanking pace and was continuously amusing. What is more, Shakespeare’s words came across wonderfully well.


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The “Jewel” in the Caribbean

As we have done many times before (well documented on this blog) we relaxed for a couple of weeks  in very affordable style sailing around the Caribbean. We have taken the NCL ‘Jewel’ several times before and know the ship quite well. Ethel was able to find her way from the Casino to the Main dining room with very little trouble.

The islands have little interest  for us now, we have visited them so many times over the years, but this cruise included a rare stopover in Belize which was an added attraction for me because an old  friend and colleague from the UN lives there. It so happened that he was visiting New York at the time!

The 'Jewel' displaces some 93,000 tons and will be considered one of the smaller ships shortly!

I am always mesmerised by coral seas. I only wish I had been able to learn to dive in my youth-Ah well!

Relaxing on shore

Belizian bar


Coral and construction

Tourist attractions

Only in Belize did we have to tender. Everywhere else there were deepwater ports to accommodate the big ships

"Local" dress

modern facade

Parrot's nest

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Another facade

Ethel wearing hat

Ethel relaxing further

Ship decoration

One of hundreds of chocolate confections displayed on the Chocoholics night. I ate a good deal of this one after photographing it!


2 Responses

  1. Hello Ben,
    My husband Bob and I had dinner with you and Ethel one evening in the dining room on the Jewel. We are the couple from California. I’ve had an email from Ethel inquiring about what play we went to see when we were in New York. We saw “A Little Night Music.” Katherine Zeta-Jones carried the show. I was interested in seeing you pictures of Belize, etc. We found the cruise relaxing but the food was not very good. It was lovely meeting you. Sincerely,Nancy Benich

  2. Nancy. We remember our evening with you and Bob with a great deal of pleasure. I’m afraid I didn’t do justice to Belize. It was very hot and Ethel couldn’t walk too far. In fact she only got as far as the little bridge before giving up and returning to the local bar. We had, of course, expected to meet up with and old friend and colleague of mine who lives there–He would have shown us around the town I used to know. But he was visiting in New York! Keep in touch. Best wishes to you both

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